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December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

IL Attorney General Weighs in on Comptroller Succession

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan weighed in on the succession process to replace Topinka as Illinois comptroller. Which governor gets to appoint her successor? Will there be a legal battle about it? And will voters eventually get to weigh in ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Unfinished Business: Illinois General Assembly Fails to Repeal Self-Procured ...

Despite a strong effort by a coalition of opponents, efforts to repeal the new Illinois self-procured insurance tax law in the veto session of the Illinois General Assembly were unsuccessful. As a result, the law will take effect on January 1, 2015. As ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

No shortage of advice for lame duck Quinn on comptroller appointment

The tug-of-war over whether Gov. Pat Quinn or Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner should appoint Judy Baar Topinka's successor for the 2015-2019 term shows no sign of resolution. Legal opinions differ. Some are saying that as Quinn is the state's current chief ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Would the Real Pat Quinn Please Stand Up?

In Illinois, the lieutenant governor, for all practical purposes, has no duties. None. A governor can assign duties to his/her second-in-command, but they rarely do. So it was that Pat Quinn, serving as "lite gov" to Rod Blagojevich (a man who, we ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel appoints new CPS inspector general

Nicholas J. Schuler, the department's interim chief officer since July 1, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, above, to serve as inspector general for the Chicago Board of Education until the end of June 2018. Nicholas J. Schuler, the department's ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Cooperation keys latest pact to protect Lake Mead

That program was seeded with $11 million from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, the Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Denver Water and the Bureau of Reclamation. Contact Henry Brean ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Area School Board Candidates File On First Day With Cook County Clerk

Cook County Clerk David Orr's office changed the way candidates running for school board in the April 2015 election file their nominating petitions. That process began today (Monday) with candidates filing directly with the county clerk and at four ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

School board filing going smoothly in Cook County

For the first time, school board candidate filing is being handled by county clerks all over Illinois, and Ditka's was the only Northwest suburban location for school board candidates in Cook County. Other locations are in Tinley Park and the county ...


December 16, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Bright spots in Chicago's housing market for 2015

The Treasury Department announced in March it would allow the Illinois Housing Development Authority to use federal hardest-hit funds to help acquire and demolish vacant, abandoned homes in the state. Applications for about $5 million in funding for ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

STATEHOUSE REEDER: Remembering a dedicated civil servant

That's how Judy Baar Topinka explained the problems with one of Rod Blagojevich's state budgets to me years ago. “When I'm short on money, I eat macaroni, not steak,” she explained, adding Blagojevich had state government dining on steak when a pasta ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel reimburses city $7000 more for travel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has cut three checks to taxpayers for nearly $22,000 in response to Tribune stories that showed how the he has used city funds to pay for trips during which he solicited campaign contributions and attended political events. (Anthony ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Emanuel, Garcia Vying For Hispanic Voters

“We closed a coal plant and opening up a park and that's the future of the city of Chicago, for these children,” Emanuel said. But Mayor Emanuel countered with the endorsement of not one Hispanic leader but three: Former school board president Gery ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Election board turns up heat on Berrios adviser

Already facing tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violations of campaign-finance law, a longtime adviser to Cook County Assessor and Democratic Party chairman Joseph Berrios now also faces a possible criminal investigation regarding more than ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Cracking the code on school lunches at CPS

Trying to find out nutritional information — including fat, calorie and salt content — on cafeteria offerings at Chicago Public Schools is no easy task. As a member of a local school council, Leonard Becker thought he could get a straightforward ...


December 15, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago mass transit projects stay on track in federal spending bill

His short-term goal is to become chairman of the transportation subcommittee, and one day to chair the Appropriations Committee, he said. As "Chicago's congressman," increasing his political power is about driving more federal dollars home to help the ...


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