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July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Economists worry rising wages may catch the Fed off guard

One closely watched wage growth measure, a gauge produced by the National Federation for Independent Business, has reached a seven-year high. A turn in this index, which began moving up late last year, historically has been followed by a pick-up in ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Postal workers and supporters rally to save the mail

Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, brought the support of the nation's largest labor federation by speaking at the Chicago rally yesterday. Also among the speakers was the Rev. Jesse Jackson, president of the Rainbow PUSH coalition who led ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois governor candidates should be judged only by their own sins

It was of no benefit to Illinois' sullied reputation that a morsel of news flared about Rod Blagojevich just as the campaign for governor began picking up steam. A couple of days ago, I saw a TV ad accusing Gov. Pat Quinn of broken promises, followed ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Convicted developer seeks release from custody to repair marina he admitted ...

Rod Blagojevich. His cooperation also helped lead to the conviction of former Chicago Ald. Isaac Carothers on charges he backed zoning changes for a West Side project in return for free work done on his home by a politically connected developer ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Man busted attempting to take up-skirt photo on CTA train

Alderman Ed Burke wrote the ordinance banning up-skirt photos and videos in Chicago. He said that this kind of stuff happens more than you may know. “I'm pleased that the police took prompt action on the complaint of this woman who was victimized by ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Have Rahm's Tough Choices Failed?

Conventional wisdom says there were two main reasons why Rahm Emanuel won the 2011 Chicago mayoral election with 55 percent of the vote in a crowded field of four candidates: star power, and a promise to fix the city's chronic budget problems.

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Aldermen Attack Synthetic Marijuana, Move to Make Ban Easier to Enforce

He and other aldermen said it had led to teen deaths, although they did not provide specifics. The ordinance amendment cleared the License Committee without opposition and heads for approval before the full City Council next week. Still, during the ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Healthy Chicago Spotlights Potential of Public Health, Primary Care Collaboration

FP Bechara Choucair, M.D., Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner, discusses city smoking regulations during a recent news conference. The city has passed multiple ordinances to regulate combustible and electronic cigarettes. Family ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

City of Chicago agrees to review 9000 red light tickets

The city of Chicago agreed to review 9,000 red light tickets issued during spikes in ticketing. Department of Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld made the announcement Wednesday after a Chicago Tribune investigation found unexplained ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

'Leading from the side of the room': Local foods crusader remembered

Streed's standing in the local foods arena put her on the board of the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences and earned her gubernatorial appointments to such groups as the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council, the Governor's Farmers ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Attorney general talks scams at Elgin roundtable

Attorney General Lisa Madigan and her staff discussed how to identify and avoid major consumer scams, including identity theft and home repair fraud, as well as schemes that target seniors. The occasion was a round-table discussion Wednesday at the ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Attorney general finds Geneva library must release some Cetron documents

GENEVA – The Illinois attorney general determined this week in an non-binding decision that the Geneva Public Library must release some records regarding its environmental review of the Cetron property.

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Gubernatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against Limits on Illinois Ride-Sharing ...

The Illinois House has sent Bill 4075 to the governor, according to the Web site of the Illinois General Assembly. Quinn's office didn't provide an immediate comment early Tuesday afternoon on whether Quinn would sign the bill. Rauner said regulations ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Walgreens: The tax-dodger on the corner

The Illinois General Assembly in 2012 even agreed to give Walgreens $46 million in tax credits over 10 years. Like shareholders, we want a return on our investments and so we want to see more revenues than deficits. Unlike shareholders, however, we ...

July 24, 2014 @ 7:04 AM

Illinois Senate Bill 3287 Signed into Law Re: Worker's Compensation Act

Earlier this year both houses of the Illinois General Assembly passed Senate Bill 3287, which affects the application of section 5's exclusive remedy provision to safety service organizations. 820 ILCS 305/5. An effort was mounted to lobby Governor ...

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