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September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Sugar Grove Chamber Scholarship Fair set for Thursday

The groups include University of Illinois Extension, the U.S. Air Force, the National Guard and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Attendees will receive pens and paper for taking notes and a bag for collecting handouts, McClellan said. The ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Paul Schimpf, candidate for Illinois Attorney General, holds press conference

Paul Schimpf of Waterloo is running as a Republican for the office of Illinois Attorney General. His opposition is incumbent Democrat Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, who is seeking a fourth term. Schimpf is a retired U.S. Marine Corps prosecutor, and ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

The Politics of Pot

He calls for the Illinois General Assembly to pass new legislation, authorizing a transparent process that allows pre-approved applicants to bid on growing and dispensary licenses. Since the state began accepting medical marijuana ID card applications ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

North Mac installs carbon monoxide detectors after evacuation

The Illinois General Assembly's website indicates that Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, filed bills in 2013 and 2014 to require carbon monoxide detectors in schools and day care centers. The bill died in committee both years. Page 2 of 2 - Willis could ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel defends 40-percent hike in city retiree health premiums

The state's highest court ruled then that subsidized health care premiums for state employees are protected under the Illinois Constitution and that the General Assembly was "precluded from diminishing or impairing” that benefit. “The case that you're ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Evans: Eliminate conflicts of interest in legislature

Anyone with an interest in a business that deals with state government should be prohibited from serving in the Illinois General Assembly, Democratic House candidate Josh Evans said Tuesday. Evans, who is running for the 100th House seat held by Rep.


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

WATCH: Second City puts out Pat Quinn parody ad

The parody ad is titled "Pat Quinn, Doing the Job He's Paid to Do" and has some great lines. When talking about integrity, the ad states "Pat Quinn is a man of his word. When he was elected governor, he stayed governor." And on fiscal responsibility ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Chicago Teachers Union President Launches Campaign for Mayor

The likely candidacy of the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, which led one of the most important strikes in recent years in the USA, against the incumbent Democrat Rahm Emanuel, formerly the chief-of-staff of the White House and a champion of ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Three reasons people don't trust teachers

Between 2009 and 2012, Chicago Public Schools went through five CEOs (Arne Duncan, Ron Huberman, Terry Mazany, Jean Claude-Brizard, Barbara Byrd-Bennett). This instability made its way to the classroom as policies and expectations changed each ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract. Democrats for Education Reform ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

McHugh Reveals Motor Row Hotel Plan at Public Meeting

... architect Joseph Antunovich presented their plan for a new hotel and data center to be built at Michigan Avenue and Cermak, just across the street from another hotel and data center being planned by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

America's 50 best cities to live in

In order to be considered, a city needed positive employment growth between 2011 and 2013 and an unemployment rate of no more than 9.8%, roughly one-third higher than the national rate last year. We also measured the availability of certain ... Cook ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Preckwinkle backers gather to support re-election bid

Supporters of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle's bid for re-election to her post gathered for a fundraising event sponsored by Women for Preckwinkle at the headquarters of Christy Webber Landscapes, 2900 N. Ferdinand St., on Sept. 9.


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

A cartoonist, a composer, a criminal lawyer: See the new 'genius grant' winners

(AP) — A materials scientist at Northwestern University, a University of Chicago professor and a University of Illinois environmental engineer are among the 21 winners of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants." The Chicago-based John ...


September 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan To End Veteran Homelessness In Chicago By ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) announced today that the City will be partnering with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); the ...


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