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March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Mike Madigan says budget impasse will send Legislature into overtime

But I'd been hearing for a while that House Speaker Michael Madigan already was predicting that the spring legislative session would lapse into overtime and that the Illinois General Assembly could wind up spending the entire summer stuck in ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

General Assembly session ended with ethics reform ultimatum

In the end, the assembly ended a 45-day session with not only ethics reforms, but progress on a wide range of important fiscal and policy issues that Republican leaders say prove they are capable of governing efficiently and effectively with majorities ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

WILSON: Illinois likely to see some sort of tax vote

Competing tax proposals that will stir controversy in the Illinois General Assembly this year are being touted as the answer for the state's budget woes, even though none of the top contenders would fix the current $6 billion shortfall. Gov. Bruce ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Federal Plan To Offer Free Community College Could Cost States

The City Colleges of Chicago already has a similar program in place, and some legislators say Illinois should embrace the “promise” idea statewide. But the president's plan, which calls for access to community college to be as “universal as high school ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Feds mark Chicago's Pullman neighborhood for rich history

pullmmanpic.jpg. Pullman was a company town until the late 19th century, when it was absorbed into Chicago. (Pullman State Historic Site) ... Chicago bought the town from Pullman in the 1890s, and the neighborhood became officially incorporated into ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Cook County wants state to foot bill for special prosecutor in sex-crime case

The County Board and other officials started discussions about reimbursement with Bakk and his House colleagues in October. Bakk had his staff do research to see whether a similar bill had ever been brought to the Legislature. He had a hunch it may had ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

New effort underway to improve Towpath Trail through downtown Akron

Chicago-based Alta Planning + Design has been hired to help make the Towpath Trail more accessible, more identifiable, more navigable, safer and more visually appealing. Improvements could include traffic calming elements, ... Partners involved include ...

March 01, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

ANALYSIS: Rahm must learn from Byrne to avoid being one-termer

To appease white ethnic voters and undercut Daley's political base, Byrne dumped African-Americans from boards overseeing public schools and the Chicago Housing Authority, replacing them with whites. That triggered a black boycott of ChicagoFest that ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Stocks Continue to Hover Near their Record Highs

The Dow and the S&P 500 made slight retreats, after the Department of Labor reported that initial unemployment claims rose more than expected, as 31,000 new claims pushed the estimate for the week ending February 21 to 313,000. The figure ... In Japan ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

With Corporate Profits Soaring, AFL-CIO Unions Say “It's Our Turn”

Unemployment is dropping, and a tight labor market boosts union bargaining. The Federal Reserve Board, ... Also, as American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) president Lee Saunders says, “When unions represented 35 percent ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

CPS teachers' pension fund gets a new chief

Burbridge, 58, hails from Illinois and earlier held positions at accountancy KPMG, served as deputy chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools and as an economist at the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission. But he's better known as having ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Reversing course in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner arrives to preside over the inauguration of the Illinois Senate in the Capitol in Springfield on Jan. 14, 2015. Gov. Bruce Rauner arrives to preside over the inauguration of the Illinois Senate in the Capitol in Springfield on Jan. 14 ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

City inspector general investigates early-and-often snow plowing on Ald. Ed ...

City Hall's inspector general is investigating why city plows gave preferential treatment to the block of powerful Ald. Edward Burke during the blizzard that hit Chicago earlier this month. The development came to light Thursday — just hours after ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm's Runoff

The city failed in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and five-term mayor Richard M. Daley's approval rating sank to 35 percent. The dynamic Emanuel seemed just what the flagging city needed. His dead-fish-mailing, F-bomb-dropping style seemed ...

February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies. The 12 to 8 vote in ...

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