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March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

How a New Illinois Law Could Protect 12 Million From Identity Theft

In an effort to combat the damage caused by hackers and help the state's more than 12 million residents prevent and recover from identity theft, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is working on enhancing the Illinois Personal Information Protection ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Harmony in Springfield as Illinois state budget emergency averted. Don't ...

I'm guessing it will be a long, long time before you see another such public display of amiability between the Republican governor and a top Democrat in the Illinois General Assembly. On Thursday, the Senate capped a week of bipartisan cooperation by ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Grammy-Winning Rapper Common Will Deliver City Colleges Commencement ...

City Colleges of Chicago, the largest community college system in Illinois, serves 115,000 students annually at seven colleges and six satellite sites. The seven colleges include: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

S. Calif. water district exerts heavy influence on legislative negotiations

Metropolitan Water District, a consortium of 26 public agencies that supplies water to 19 million people in Southern California, sent Sen. ... Major players in the negotiations, according to the emails, were Met Assistant General Manager Roger ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

New Garcia ad tries to reinforce his neighborhood focus

Bobby Rush and Chicago Transit Authority President Forrest Claypool to announce an expansion of the CTA's Second Chance program, which focuses on the hiring of “hard-to-place individuals” for transit jobs. Garcia's campaign released the ad after the ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

CTA train driver admits dozing off before Chicago O'Hare Airport crash

The comments from Brittney Haywood, a former operator with the Chicago Transit Authority, were in documents released Thursday as part of an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The agency said its report will be released later.

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm, CTA Expand Second Chance Program to Aid Ex-Offenders

CTA officials and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday that starting next month some of the 265 people enrolled in the program will be offered training as diesel mechanics. Up until now, they've been considered "interns" working to clean and service CTA ...

March 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Public comments necessary

It's interesting that it was during Sunshine Week—the week intended to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information—that the Cook County Board of Commissioners tackled the question of public participation in ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Knight: Labor goes to court on fees, Rauner counter-attacks

The lawsuit — from unions such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the Fraternal Order of Police, the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the Illinois Nurses Association, the Service Employees International Union ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Why is the American Federation of Teachers promoting Israeli apartheid?

AFT was central to a nexus of organizations doing such work, including the American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD), the US-financed organization sponsored by the AFL-CIO labor federation. AIFLD notoriously worked closely with the CIA and ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Jesse Jackson Jr. leaves federal prison for halfway house

Rod Blagojevich in exchange for an appointment to President Barack Obama's vacated U.S. Senate seat. Jackson has denied the allegations. Speaking generally about prison policy, Ross said home confinement — even within hours or days of release from ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Scott Reeder: The political demise of Aaron Schock

And don't forget Rod Blagojevich, who — with his wife — spent $400,000 on clothes while he was governor. Clothes, but no pheasant feathers. Rod ended up in prison, too. Consider what what Schock's father, Richard, told a TV reporter about his son:.

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Meet my pal Joe

Rod Blagojevich, I also forgot. We were getting on, bonding and, wanting to show off, I asked Blagojevich if he'd mind saying hello to my wife. I dialed the cellphone, handed it to him. “Hello!” he said in his fake butch voice. “This is Governor Rod ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

The secret Illiana report, Blago, Rauner poll and more

Rod Blagojevich, has been booked for a City Club of Chicago luncheon on April 13 as part of a promotion for his new book, which, among other things, is about how he "refused to run on his brother in exchange for his freedom," according to promotional ...

March 27, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Why Rahm Emanuel Won't Put His Kids in His Campaign Ads

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he sends his kids to private school in Hyde Park and doesn't put them in campaign commercials because "adolescence is hard enough without your father f------ it up for ya." The mayor took issue with the word "strategically ...

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