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October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Parties donate big to area legislative races

The bulk of Manar's cash contributions came from organized labor groups, including $30,500 from the Illinois Federation of Teachers and $37,600 from the Illinois Education Association. Manar, who has championed a bill to change the way schools are ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Editorial: The wageless recovery may bring humbug to the holidays

The National Retail Federation expects holiday sales to increase 4.1 percent this year, but notes that shoppers can be expected to be “extremely price sensitive.” Reason: ... But the next morning, even as the rosy economic numbers were coming in, he ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Mayor Emanuel And Choose Chicago Announce Microsoft Ignite In Chicago In ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Choose Chicago President and CEO Don Welsh, members of organized labor and Microsoft general manager Julia White today to announce Microsoft Ignite, a new technology conference to take place in Chicago from May 4 ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CTA to require contractors, subcontractors to pay $13 minimum wage

"We are committed to the mayor's goal of making sure our purchasing power helps ensure a fair working wage," said CTA President Forrest Claypool in a press release. The ordinance takes effect for contracts advertised as of Nov. 15. Contracts most ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago transport system gets mobile ticketing app

Forrest Claypool, president, CTA, says: “Essentially, this app will put a Ventra vending machine in your pocket, giving you the ability to manage your account from wherever it's most convenient for you, whether you ride CTA, Metra or Pace, or all of ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Move Afoot in Chicago to Let Smartphones Pay Transit Fees

CTA President Forrest Claypool said the cooperation between the CTA and Metra did not occur sooner because the previous Metra executive director, Alex Clifford, "was not enamored" with "the Ventra solution." Claypool said that, in the past, the ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

CTA California Blue Line stop opens to fanfare

Dick Durbin (D) and CTA president Forrest Claypool celebrated the improvements Thursday morning. "This is an incredible effort," Mayor Emanuel said before cutting a red ribbon in front of the newly renovation station. Revolution Brewing, around the ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Says His 2015 Budget Avoids 'False' Choices

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled his proposed $8.90 billion city budget for 2015, which cuts the city's structural deficit to $297 million, nearly half of what it was in 2012. Emanuel's budget “would avoid increases in the major revenue ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

City Council to hold hearings on Chicago's Ebola preparedness

The City Council will hold hearings to test the “strengths and weaknesses” of Chicago's emergency preparedness for an outbreak of the burgeoning and frightening Ebola epidemic. Ald. George Cardenas (12th), chairman of the City Council's Committee on ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Emanuel continues building campaign finance edge

Given Emanuel's deep, nationwide list of wealthy supporters and his reputation as a tireless fundraiser going back to his work for Mayor Richard M. Daley and in the Clinton White House, plus the inherent advantages of running as an incumbent, it has ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Medical marijuana opportunities draw diverse crew

... Nicholas Ftikas, a land-use specialist at the firm of the brother of former City Council Zoning Committee Chairman William Banks; and Amy Kurson, the law partner of Victor Reyes, a former City Hall operative during the tenure of Mayor Richard M. Daley.


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago's pension crisis was created decades ago

Richard M. Daley wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on hired trucks, flower beds, trees, and other so-called beautification projects instead of fully funding the pensions. He even got the police union to get on board forgiving a 20 million dollar ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Higher Education Facing Scrutiny From CFPB

Colleges, universities and anyone offering postsecondary education, take note: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to target alleged unfair and deceptive practices related to the student loan and financial aid process. A few weeks ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner differ on education fund data

Illinois gubernatorial candidates Republican Bruce Rauner (left) and incumbent Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn participate in a debate Monday in Chicago. There is a $1 billion disagreement between the two on whether spending on public education in Illinois has ...


October 17, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Teachers union paid part of cost of charter school study

... charters aren't much better than regular Chicago public schools and in some ways perform worse. But it's been brought to my attention that Mr. Orfield conceded in a later interview with WTTW that the Chicago Teachers Union, a vehement foe of ...


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