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October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

It's already been said: Tax increase helped state pay bills and debt

The race for governor is about whether incumbent Pat Quinn or challenger Bruce Rauner will be Illinois' CEO for four years. ... With my interest piqued, I went to the General Assembly's website ( to read for myself my comments from January 2011.

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn visits DePaul, announces final ICCAP grant

According to the Illinois Board of Higher Education, DePaul will have received an estimated $11.9 million in total funding from the ICCAP grant. With exactly one week until election day, Quinn's brief 10-minute speech focused on the value of education ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Governor Pat Quinn stops by Triton College with $3 million boost

Pat Quinn had for them. And he was well received when he finally arrived to applause from everyone in the room, especially college students surrounding the podium where the governor and other politicians would speak. Keith Williams, 20, from Aurora ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pat Quinn touts job news ahead of Illinois governor election

Paul Misener, left, vice president for global public policy for Amazon Inc., looks on as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announces that Amazon has chosen Illinois for future facilities expected to create 1,000 jobs by 2017 during a news conference Tuesday, Oct ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm gets donation from union supporting Pat Quinn

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview Sept. 15 at the state Capitol in Springfield. Grimm could play a spoiler role in his race against incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Parrilli sets run for MWRD board

Jim Parrilli, 19th Ward resident, is a candidate for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) in the general election on Nov. 4. Parrilli decided to run when the previous MWRD member from the ward chose to resign after many beneficial years ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Police Pension Board appointment comes under fire

Several trustees expressed concern that Scanlon's resume did not show the financial background of White, who is the retired executive director the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Retirement Fund. “I do not see any individual pension board ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Endorsements for Cook County Board

Four years ago, Todd Stroger ended his hapless and costly regime as president of the Cook County Board. Toni Preckwinkle beat him in the Democratic primary and she went on to win the general election. She has kept her promise to eliminate Stroger's ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia joins Chicago mayor's race

Garcia has served as a key ally to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who contributed $12,000 to his campaign fund this month after Lewis bowed out following surgery for a cancerous brain tumor. Preckwinkle, who also considered running for ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago Contractors Must Pay Employees $13 an Hour Minimum Wage

The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) has agreed to require contractors and subcontractors to pay workers at least $13 an hour. Many contractors were already required to pay $11.93 an hour under the city's living wage ordinance established under form ...

October 29, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Chicago contractors must pay employees $13 an hour

Contractors and subcontractors who work on projects for the Chicago Housing Authority will have to pay their employees at least $13 an hour, the mayor's office announced Monday. Although Chicago's minimum wage is $8.25 an hour, the city's contractors ...

October 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Election 2014 Caravan of Delights: Illinois Gubernatorial Race

Despite labor unions' anger about the changes approved by Quinn to retirement benefits, teacher labor groups like the Chicago Teachers Union and the Illinois Federation of Teachers see Rauner as enough of a threat that they've decided to endorse Quinn.

October 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Libertarian Grimm could play spoiler in governor race

Eight years ago, Democrat Rod Blagojevich sought a second term against Republican challenger Judy Baar Topinka in a contest that also included Green Party candidate Rich Whitney. Blagojevich won with 49.79 percent to 39.26 percent for Topinka.

October 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois spooks the economists

On one side is the incumbent Quinn, an affable Springfield fixture who made his name as a reformer and gadfly, only to become governor when Rod Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office before going to prison. On the other is Bruce Rauner, ...

October 28, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Trott, McKenzie both confident after debate

“I know, from waking up in Illinois, seeing the flight, that elections matter,” he said “You know, having lived under the rule of a crazy woman named Jennifer Granholm who gave (former Illinois Gov.) Rod Blagojevich, all those stupid ideas — gross ...

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