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September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice?

President Obama declared victory when he put forward a failed nonbinding agreement and Big Greens from the U.S. including the Natural Resources Defense Council, World Wildlife Federation and Sierra Club all declared victory despite the outcome. In the ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Wake-Up Call: Europe, Ebola, Ethics

“This is like a homecoming,” Clinton said to 150 labor leaders at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters downtown. She hailed the labor leaders as her “comrades in arms” for helping four years ago to pass the Zadroga bill, which Clinton ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Advocate for domestic worker rights wins MacArthur 'genius' award

Federal and state labor laws had long excluded domestic and agricultural workers — a legislative residue of slavery — depriving them of the right to overtime and health-and-safety protections. To win a domestic workers' bill of rights was nearly ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Sanguinetti criticizes Quinn at Bloomington stop

On Tuesday at the McLean County Republican headquarters in Bloomington, Sanguinetti compared Quinn to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, now serving time in a federal prison for corruption. "Like Blagojevich, maybe Pat Quinn thought he could get away with ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Rahm Emanuel Keeping Low Profile In Mayoral Race

CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel is keeping a low profile and letting others attack, and respond to attacks by his political opponents. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports he's biding his time, refusing to even mention the names of Karen ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel sidesteps his campaign's criticism of Fioretti

Fioretti has been one of the most outspoken critics on the council, first of former Mayor Richard M. Daley and now of Emanuel. But Emanuel declined to be specific in his criticism of Fioretti. “I just addressed the question, you guys can draw your own ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Big profits for Pritzkers, Daley pal Jack Higgins on costly Chicago FBI deal

The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in rent and operating expenses for the Near West Side property, which ...

September 17, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel unveils plan to end veterans homelessness

On the eve of his 2003 re-election, former Mayor Richard M. Daley established a goal of ending homelessness in Chicago by 2012 and embraced a plan to make it happen. It called for shifting the focus away from shelters and toward permanent housing with ...

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 ...

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