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May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Public School System Credit Rating Slides Into Sub-Investment-Grade ...

Two of the country's largest credit rating companies have downgraded Chicago Public Schools into sub-investment-grade status. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is now considering the declaration of bankruptcy as the best option as the district is facing a ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

The road to a 'genius grant' often starts at lesser-known colleges

... Brown University (14), University of Chicago (14) and University of Michigan (14). (Radcliffe College, a women's school that merged with Harvard in 1999, produced 7 fellows.) But also prominent on the list are such schools as the public City ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Is rent out of reach? Study shows how 11 US cities stack up

Degree in hand and their professional lives just starting, college graduates moving to Chicago this summer may find those starting salaries don't stretch as far as they thought. Degree in hand and their professional lives just starting, college ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Mastercard CEO: The Rich Should Ride The Bus

The setting was the first Chicago Forum on Global Cities, and Banga's remarks followed a debate between the two former treasury secretaries about the relative impact of urban and national policies on growth (video). With most of the world's population ...


May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Park District waived rental fee for NFL Draft Town

“In this case, the Park District entered into a partnership agreement with the NFL for the Draft Town event because the event offered free programming and served as a benefit to the city of Chicago,” park district spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said.


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Prof. John Kindt: Gambling in Illinois has been massive giveaway to insiders

insider convicted in the Governor Rod Blagojevich scandals. In 2015 dollars, these gambling licenses would be worth over $10 billion. In this giveaway context, the 2015 Illinois budget had over $110 billion in unfunded liabilities and the state was ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel: Epic Failure Of Chicago Gun Control Proves More Gun Control ...

Following a Memorial Day Weekend during which 12 people shot and killed and 43 more were wounded, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said a large part of the solution to the problem is more gun control. That's right — gun control is failing miserably and the ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

*** LIVE *** Session coverage

Your new so we'll give some time to learn, but the General Assembly, both parties, hasn't given a hoot about the state constitution for years. You can show us you do care about the constitution by opposing the clearly unconstitutional Rauner budget plan.


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Budget battle brewing in Illinois Statehouse

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WTHI) – It's a big week at the Illinois General Assembly. A budget battle will come to a head, which will conclude this session. Republicans say their Democratic colleagues are blocking reforms proposed by Governor Bruce Rauner, and ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Spring Valley residents retain electric-bill options

Pat Quinn and around $1 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but the city is still short of the money needed for the plant. Good said depending on the bids, he thought the appropriate low-interest debt would be around $1.5 to 2 million ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Casino Queen plans to buy Fairmount Park

He noted that years of efforts to expand Illinois gaming could succeed this year. Democrat Pat Quinn, defeated by Republican Bruce Rauner in last year's race for governor, had twice vetoed gambling expansion bills. “Finally, with a new governor in ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Bruce Rauner's view of cards different than what voters dealt

1. Bruce Rauner 50.3 percent, Pat Quinn, 46.3 percent: Against a beleaguered incumbent who had run Illinois' financial ship aground and appeared helpless to control the Legislature, Rauner spent $27 million of his own money to score a solid victory ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rauner gives state board gigs to Andolino, Schillerstrom

... press release that she has "an extensive understanding of how city operations work." The appointment comes amid continuing speculation that the authority might be merged with the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place.


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Brown: Riverwalk is nice but price might be hard to explain

Or they might say it's no wonder property taxes are so high when the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District pays $44 million to settle a lawsuit resulting from a foolish fight over the use of the alley outside its Near North Side headquarters. And ...


May 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Is Hoping to Retire the Word “Waste”

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's new five-year strategic plan expands on the work the agency has been doing on everything from flood mitigation to infrastructure maintenance, and focuses on making wastewater management ...


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