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November 24, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Flood-prone homes in Glenview may be demolished

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), which levies taxes to address water quality and flooding issues, will contribute an estimated $5.8 million toward the cost of purchasing the homes. The FEMA grant will cover the rest.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

If Labor stayed home, then members reaped what they sowed

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, said that union members and nonunion “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rauner tackles full transition agenda

The Winnetka Republican will replace Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Jan. 12, marking the first time the state has seen a transition from a governor of one party to another since 2003, when Democrat Rod Blagojevich took over for Republican George Ryan.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's silent partner in mayoral campaign: Mike Madigan

After staying neutral in the last race for Chicago mayor, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has provided major support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of election records shows. Dozens of soldiers in ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

City Zoning Panel Approves Six Chicago Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

The state will grant only 13 dispensary licenses in the city of Chicago. Previously, the Chicago City Council opted not to vote on a measure that would toughen already stringent security rules due to concerns about their legality. Three dispensaries in ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Teens address top city issues at annual speech competition

Most Chicago Public Schools students won't be eligible to vote in February's mayoral election, but a group of them offered cleareyed responses when asked what they'd tackle first if they held City Hall's highest office. Most Chicago Public Schools ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Attorney general warns of immigration scams

CHICAGO – The Illinois attorney general's office warns that with President Obama's sweeping immigration changes comes the possibility of immigration service fraud. Prosecutors say immigration services applicants could be targeted by scammers posing as ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Illinois' Rauner tackles full transition agenda

... cronyism, and even sending Illinois into a "death spiral." The venture capitalist said he's been trying to meet with or call every member of the General Assembly, where he'll need support from Democrats who control both chambers to accomplish anything.


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago Public Schools students react to Obama's immigration executive order ...

Yesterday, I gave students the opportunity to understand and react to President Obama's speech about his immigration executive order. The approach I used in class with my Chicago Public Schools juniors and seniors can be easily adapted when discussing ...


November 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

How Obamacare Lowers Your Property Taxes

“For the first time in the history of our health care system, we have more insured patients than uninsured,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said in her annual budget address last month. “Health care system (executives have) balanced their ...


November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

If Labor stayed home, then they reaped what they sowed

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, as a speaker on a labor panel at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, said that union members and non-union “working people” typically make up 20-22 percent of the electorate. He estimated that this ...


November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Turkey Facts to Amaze Your Guests

--According to the National Turkey Federation (yes, that actually exists), Americans eat about 16 pounds of turkey per person, every year. Now, I like turkey, but with the exception of the occasional deli sandwich, I only eat turkey on Thanksgiving. I ...


November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

"This is a huge victory for teachers, nurses, firefighters and police and all the working people in the state," Illinois Federation of Labor President Dan Montgomery said. "They did what they said they were going to do, rule it unconstitutional. These ...


November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Voice of The Southern: Carbondale, Gov. Quinn, Sesser money

If Quinn had refused a painting, he would have been the only Illinois governor, aside from the beyond-disgraced Rod Blagojevich, to be absent from the Hall of Governors portrait gallery. It wouldn't have been fair to Quinn or to the history of Illinois ...


November 22, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

CTA approves 2015 budget with no fare increases

CTA President Forrest Claypool credits "responsible fiscal management." ___. Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://www.suntimes.com/index. Comments. Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, ...


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