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September 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Revolt Against Illiana Undeterred By IDOT's Latest Scare Tactic

For example, the Chicago Department of Transportation and the Chicago Transit Authority would be unable to be reimbursed for building new bike lanes and buying new train cars. Metropolitan Planning Council vice president Peter Skosey confirmed with the ...

September 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Preckwinkle meets west suburban leaders

Revenue sharing, annexing unincorporated areas and health care were among topics fielded by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at a meeting of western leaders. Preckwinkle spoke to a few dozen village presidents and mayors at a meeting ...

September 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

De Blasio's Executive Order Will Expand Living Wage Law to Thousands More

The change is also intended to frame a looming debate in Albany, where Mr. de Blasio hopes to win the authority to set the citywide minimum wage at the same amount. If Mr. de ... Administration officials cast the move as an extension of other policies ...

September 30, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

City initiative seeks to reduce veteran homelessness

The mayor's office, the state Department of Family and Support Services, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Chicago Housing Authority said they aim to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

What's the Matter With Illinois?

First there was Rod Blagojevich, the Democratic governor convicted in 2010 of trying to sell Obama's open Senate seat to the highest bidder. Then there was Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., convicted of spending $750,000 of campaign money on things like ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fact check: What you need to know about the '100 years of failure' ad ...

(and now imprisoned) Rod Blagojevich. The ad tallies up the years the four have worked in state government posts. (Quinn's tally is nearly 16 years — six as governor). And it says the four have taken millions in taxpayer money, going on to cite a ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Firm with no-bid, no-contract work in Cicero gave big to Dominick

All but one donation to Dominick's political funds occurred while Volini — once a business partner of Fred Barbara, a friend of ex-Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley — and his family controlled Heartland. The Volinis sold the company in June to Morton ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner political giving shifted more Republican

Prior to his campaign, the couple gave to Republicans and Democrats — although contributions heavily favored the GOP. In fact, of $500,000 Bruce Rauner gave Democrats, most went to two candidates — former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Forrest ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Legislature's IHSA hearing raises more questions than answers

It's finally time for Round 2 of the Illinois General Assembly vs. the Illinois High School Association. You may recall the first episode in this soap opera back in May in Springfield. That encounter between the House's Elementary and Secondary ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Election 2014: Candidates for secretary of state have different priorities

Goliath matchup in an election season full of barn burners in Illinois, a political newcomer and a popular incumbent vying for secretary of state have outlined differing priorities in office if elected. Republican challenger Mike Webster, 54 ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Letter: Take a hint from Indiana, Illinois

“Indiana law requires the General Assembly to pass a budget every two years. The current $30 billion budget covers a period that ends in June. Meanwhile, the state is sitting on a $2 billion surplus, or savings account.” Now, I do not know who is going ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

1900 in Sangamon Co. sign up for private insurance

Because the Illinois General Assembly hasn't decided whether to move forward with a state-operated exchange, the federal government's website has been the portal through which Illinoisans had to make all of their individual decisions on ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

David McSweeney: Pension cost shift would lead to higher taxes

Serious efforts are underway in the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation to shift billions of dollars in education pension obligations from the state to local schools. If proponents get their way, it could be disastrous to homeowners, who ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

State Rep. Fine, opponent talk pension reform, birth control

Kathy Myalls, running against current state Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) for her position in the Illinois General Assembly, answers a question about the state's pension reform. Myalls and Fine participated in a forum Saturday morning, where they ...

September 29, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Airport Update: Hundreds Of Flights Canceled At O'Hare, Midway ...

O'Hare and Midway airports reported hundreds of canceled flights, as well as delays of 60 minutes and longer, Sunday. The intentionally set fire at the Federal Aviation Administration's air-traffic-control facility in Aurora, Ill., Friday has led to ...

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