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October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Peoples Gas announce $1M for 'Share the Warmth ...

Mayor Emanuel and Peoples Gas are expected to announce $1 million in funding for "Share the Warmth," a financial assistance program that helps low-income families and seniors. When customers who qualify for "Share the Warmth" make a payment toward ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Join the Trib Nation conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and editorial page editor Bruce Dold will discuss Chicago issues during a live public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 21 at the Art Institute. This event is part of the Tribune's commitment to public discussions that examine the ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City Council Conducting Hearings On Emanuel's Proposed 2015 Budget

CHICAGO (CBS) – The Chicago City Council has begun hearings into Mayor Emanuel's proposed 2015 budget, and aldermen are asking questions about the spending plans, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore. City Budget Director Alexandra Holt ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Yes or no? Voters will see five questions of public policy

The two proposed amendments to the Illinois Constitution would become law if approved by voters. To be approved, a constitutional amendment requires either a simple majority of voters in the election or three-fifths of those who cast votes on the ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

A long, long way to go

This year Illinois' general funds will receive $4.5 billion from Washington, much of it for Medicaid. So-called state-source revenues will total $30.6 billion. Of that total — essentially the taxes you pay to Springfield — total pension costs will ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

ComEd Breaks Ground on State-of-the-Art Training Facility in Bridgeport

The state-of-the-art training facility is part of a $2.6 billion investment brought about by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act passed in 2012 by the Illinois General Assembly to modernize the Chicago region's electricity infrastructure. "It's ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Quinn brings in Clinton, Rauner counters with Christie

The parade of political celebrities visiting Illinois demonstrates what's at stake: Republicans see a way in after years of Democratic control, while Democrats are going all-out to prevent the potential embarrassment of losing the governor's mansion in ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Candidates square off in Illinois House races

Bennett, in an election survey for the Commerical-News, described himself as a “strong advocate for rural residents in the General Assembly,” including Second Amendment rights in the state. Attempts to contact Nutter throughout much of October for ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Endorsements for Illinois Senate

Here's a prediction on which you can bet the house: Democrats will control the General Assembly after the Nov. 4 election. It's a mathematical certainty in the Senate. Democrats hold a 40-19 majority, and only seven seats are contested. If Republicans ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch from Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner

Pat Quinn participate in a debate in Chicago. There is a $1 billion disagreement between the two on whether spending on public education in Illinois has increased or decreased under Quinn. Rauner alleges that Quinn decreased school aid nearly $600 ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Quinn, Rauner unleash negativity in final debate

Facing off for the final time in the contentious race for governor, Gov. Pat Quinn decried “savage cuts” in a Bruce Rauner budget, while the Republican challenger repeatedly branded the Democratic chief executive a “phony” and a “failure.” The exchange ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Obama returns home to Chicago to rally Democrats for Pat Quinn

They responded in kind with roaring cheers of support back. Mr. Obama was on the campaign trail over the weekend for the first time this year. He rallied supporters in the Windy City for incumbent Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, telling them that Quinn ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois governor candidates Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner spar on finance, jobs

... the Democratic incumbent and Republican venture capitalist got personal at times with Rauner repeatedly referring to Quinn as a “failure” and Quinn deeming Rauner a “champion name caller.” It is one of the most expensive governor's races nationwide.

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Does Pat Quinn Have a Personal Life?

and focusing on the private man who is making his first stab at elective politics, I thought I should also take a look at the private side of Pat Quinn. Quinn, 65, seems to lack even a trace of the hedonism gene. We don't read about the governor ...

October 21, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey on President Karen ...

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is a driving force behind the city's educational and political issues. She is currently taking time off for health treatment, reportedly battling a brain tumor. CTU Vice President and acting-president Jesse ...

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