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July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Want to reduce violent crime in Chicago? Cut prison sentences

Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel accomplished the impossible, working out a deal with the National Rifle Association on a bill in the Illinois General Assembly to toughen penalties for gun-related crimes. But the bill unexpectedly was killed by the House ...


July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Guest view: Stronger education compact helps military families

House Bill 3939 passed both houses of the Illinois General Assembly in May with overwhelming support, and on June 28, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the bill into law in a ceremony at Mascoutah High School, whose students include many children of Air Force ...


July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Corruption hits taxpayers hard

At the same time, Indiana spent more than twice as much from its general fund on education than Illinois. The Illinois General Assembly this year approved a $1.1 billion ``mini'' capital spending program for road and bridge construction throughout the ...


July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Lawmaker Denies Making The Least Subtle Patronage Request Ever

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka might have asked governor Pat Quinn (D) to help her son get a teaching job. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman). Patronage requests are usually made quietly, perhaps in a smoke-filled back room, but one Illinois Republican ...


July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

College graduates head to elite cities

''New York, San Francisco, Boston — those places are the ones that get the most press because they're the biggest cities and they have the most extreme changes at this time, but it's everywhere: Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Atlanta,'' she said ...


July 20, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Around Cabrini-Green, the future looks bright

But the biggest opportunity may be the Cabrini-Green site itself as well as other vacant land in the area controlled by the Chicago Housing Authority, a 28-acre patchwork that stretches from Division up to Blackhawk Avenue. This fall, the CHA plans to ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Prosecutors respond to new Blagojevich argument

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors have responded to a new argument that former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich submitted this week to a federal court considering his appeal. Friday's filing counters defense claims that a recent Supreme Court decision bolsters ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Prosecutors Fire Back at Blagojevich Appeals Court Letter

“Blagojevich's conviction is based in large part on his attempts to solicit campaign contributions,” they wrote. “In this appeal, he argues that the lower court's instructions to the jury on this issue, 'omitted the quid pro quo requirement that the ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel not out of political woods yet, as several testing the waters

The exception to this rule of thumb is that when the "incumbent" is not so "entrenched," as is the case with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, it can be safely violated. Chicago Sun Times columnist Michael Sneed is reporting today that two prominent Chicago ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Park Grill: Daley raised health issue, should disclose details

Attorneys for a popular Millennium Park restaurant filed a motion Friday stating their case for making former Mayor Richard M. Daley disclose in open court the medical reasons that his lawyers say should prevent him from testifying in the city's ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

LULAC Protests Herbalife Ltd. (HLF) Chicago Extravaganza

Earlier this week, community leaders announced another group of victims who filed complaints with both the Illinois Attorney General's office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), claiming financial losses due to their involvement with Herbalife ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rate Rauner's new social media ads

The Illinois General Assembly designated a portion of Cicero Avenue, also known as Illinois Route 50, as Mandela Road in HJR 89. by Blueroomstream via twitter July 18 at 10:11 AM. Quinn: “Now, those traveling this state highway on Chicago's west side ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Stretch of Chicago roadway named for Mandela

Mandela died in December at age 95. He was elected South Africa's first black president after spending 27 years in prison. The Illinois General Assembly officially designated the roadway to honor Mandela. The Illinois Department of Transportation will ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Personal PAC wants more answers

As a result of the serious threat to women's health from the Hobby Lobby decision, legislation will be introduced in the Illinois General Assembly seeking to (1) require disclosure to current employees and job applicants to ensure that women know ...


July 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Teachers Union Conventions Reflect Common (Core) Frustrations

In the AFT, two militant locals, the Chicago Teachers Union and United Teachers Los Angeles, led the Common Core fight. There were competing motions, with the passage of the weaker one reflecting the position of AFT President Randi Weingarten that ...


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