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November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTU tells candidates: Sit up straight and raise your hand for support

In the world of Chicago politics, an endorsement by the Chicago Teachers Union generally is considered a really good thing to have. The union has troops, money and political savvy, and even the best positioned contender for alderman or even mayor can ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Teachers union, advocates protest and ask CPS to act on costly borrowing

Nearly 50 people gathered at Chicago City Hall on Thursday calling for city and school officials to try to recoup money spent on costly school borrowing deals. Some demonstrators were eventually removed by police. The Chicago Teachers Union and other ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CPS chief backs the mayor's $13-an-hour minimum wage

The head of Chicago Public Schools is making a political statement supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ahead of February's municipal elections. CPS CEO Barbara Bryd-Bennett told the Board of Education Wednesday that the district wants to move to a ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Business has Obama's back on immigration

... economic standpoint and American values of being fair,” said Juan Ochoa, president and CEO of Miramar Group, a management consulting firm in Chicago, who formerly headed the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which runs McCormick Place ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Can community colleges save higher ed?

The problem is even more acute in schools with high populations of traditionally underrepresented students like the City Colleges of Chicago, where 98% of students come from low-income or minority backgrounds. For years, district completion rates held ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Familiar Chicago names involved in medical pot industry

Michael Alvarez: The City Hall lobbyist and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago commissioner has been retained by Organic Leaf Medical Dispensaries, which seeks to open a dispensary in West Town at 744 N. Damen, according to ...

November 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Local leaders react to Obama's immigration plan

Cook County board President Toni Preckwinkle: "I commend President Obama for recognizing the importance of immigration reform on millions of lives and using his executive authority to begin moving forward on this issue. Over time, our nation has made ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

District leaders tackle digital learning at the White House Pearsons nonprofit ...

TUNE IN TOMORROW: Join the POLITICO team on Thursday as we mark the launch of Pro Labor & Employment with a series of conversations exploring the future policy landscape and what to expect for the 114th Congress. Featured guests include: Labor ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Bernard Schoenburg: Adaire jumps into Ward 2 aldermanic race

ROD BLAGOJEVICH and the prosecutor presenting the impeachment case to the Senate in 2009 but also as a prominent author. He has a dozen books to his credit, including “Line of Vision,” which won him the Edgar Allen Poe Award for best first novel.

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Critics Hope Outgoing Gov. Quinn Doesn't Have Traditional Portrait Made

UPDATE (11/19/14) - Governor Quinn doesn't want you paying for his portrait. Officials with his office say the governor will use private funds to pay for his portrait as he leaves office. Governors usually ask the General Assembly for the $20,000 cost ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Newly Elected Governors Face Challenges Working With Opposing Party

Jim Thompson and George Ryan than he did of the state's two most recent Democratic governors, Rod Blagojevich and Quinn. Madigan didn't seem to care much for former GOP Gov. Jim Edgar, who led the state throughout much of the 1990s. In a speech at ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Sam Adam Jr. explores running for state's attorney

Sneed has learned that Sam Adam Jr., 42, the brazen and colorful attorney who represented former Gov. Rod Blagojevich at his first corruption trial, is forming an exploratory committee to run for Cook County state's attorney in 2016 against Democratic ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Six months prison for tax-dodging Blago administration official

A former official in disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration is joining him in prison after he was sentenced to six months for tax evasion. Jaime Viteri, who was appointed by Blagojevich to run the state's Bureau of Entrepreneurship and ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City Council shelves security crackdown for medical pot

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti (2nd) and his Progressive Caucus colleague Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) used a parliamentary maneuver to put off consideration of the watered-down security ordinance until the next Council meeting, but the delay is ...

November 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Crimes elsewhere drive security rules at city's medical pot firms

Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) and Zoning Committee Chairman Danny Solis (25th) initially proposed an even stronger ordinance that would have required dispensaries and cultivation centers to load and unload marijuana out of sight. But ...

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