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July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Activists Protest Red Light Cameras At Intersection Where Spikes Occurred

Don Bransford says the intersection is one that has had dramatic spikes that City Hall can't or won't explain. “You can fight City Hall. This one really is working. It goes across the board. Look around you here, where else do you see in the city of ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Make public records more accessible

Gov. Pat Quinn made the right call recently when he vetoed a bill that would make it harder and more expensive for citizens to get access to public documents. The General Assembly, which seems intent on making Illinois' less-than-stringent open records ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Democratic candidate for Illinois Treasurer needs on the job training

Actually, the legislator from Gifford, about 23 miles north of Campaign, had voted against that bill in the Illinois General Assembly. His campaign had to pull the video and replace it with a new one, even though he'd been planning his formal launch ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Worst American Governor Pat Quinn Urges Obama to Bring all Illegals to Illinois

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has a great idea. He wants Obama to bring all the illegals to Illinois! In a state that sits at the bottom of every metric that makes a successful state–rampant unemployment, lowest job creation, highest debt, biggest ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Minimum wage convention held in Chicago

More than 1,300 workers gathered in a convention in center in suburban Chicago to discuss the future of a campaign that has spread to dozens of cities in less than two years. Wearing T-shirts that said “Fight for $15” and “We Are Worth More,” the ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Lessons from America: why colleges must collaborate rather than compete

In May, I was part of a group of vice chancellors that visited America to learn how its education institutions are tackling the challenges of globalisation. The visit offered a window into Chicago's higher education system, including the city's ...

July 27, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

West's water worries rise as Lake Mead falls

Officials of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's offices here, who control the river flow and distribution of water within legal guidelines, expect Lake Mead's level to decline a bit more before recovering some as water held further upstream in Lake ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Christie brings $2.5 million for Rauner, springs for hot dogs

Bill Brady of Bloomington, contributing nearly $7.9 million to what ended up as a close but losing bid to defeat Quinn in the Democrat's first election after taking over the governor's office following Rod Blagojevich's removal from office. On Friday ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

'Rita's Law' should help fight corruption

Illinois' last two governors, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, ended up in prison on corruption charges, and before them, ex-governors Otto Kerner and Dan Walker did time for their crimes. Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, D-Chicago, is currently behind ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Ex-Ald. Shiller may not be a lock for new Council analyst post

Shiller's candidacy is being championed by Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee. Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) has also endorsed Shiller. Housing Committee Chairman Ray Suarez (31st) is ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Community Activists Recognized for Rallying Public Support to Help Solve ...

Alderman Edward M. Burke (14 th) officially presented a City Council resolution to Wallace “Gator” Bradley (left) and Andrew Holmes (right) recognizing their efforts to rally community support to assist police in solving the tragic murder of Chicago ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Could His City's Brutal Violence Be Rahm Emanuel's Downfall?

Emanuel, currently campaigning for reelection as the city's mayor, might have a hard time making his case as his constituents grow increasingly wary of venturing outside. As former Chicago alderman and current political science professor Dick Simpson ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aurora Aldermen OK MediPot Rules

Aldermen in Aurora unanimously approved the rules this week. They require marijuana growers and retailers to submit their plans for operations, security and disposal to the city west of Chicago after being issued a state license. Aurora Planning ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Chicago aldermen ask City Hall watchdog to probe red light ticket program

A group of Chicago aldermen has asked City Hall's top watchdog to probe the city's besieged red light ticketing program, raising questions about the oversight, consistency and fairness of a camera system in “continued disorder.” The request follows a ...

July 26, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

The Beauty of Chicago

I grew up in a suburb of Chicago. The city was always a magical place where my family would go see seasonal decorations, museums, theater productions, sporting events, and of course eat great food. I loved the city of Chicago and throughout my ...

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