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February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Stocks Continue to Hover Near their Record Highs

The Dow and the S&P 500 made slight retreats, after the Department of Labor reported that initial unemployment claims rose more than expected, as 31,000 new claims pushed the estimate for the week ending February 21 to 313,000. The figure ... In Japan ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

With Corporate Profits Soaring, AFL-CIO Unions Say “It's Our Turn”

Unemployment is dropping, and a tight labor market boosts union bargaining. The Federal Reserve Board, ... Also, as American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) president Lee Saunders says, “When unions represented 35 percent ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

CPS teachers' pension fund gets a new chief

Burbridge, 58, hails from Illinois and earlier held positions at accountancy KPMG, served as deputy chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools and as an economist at the Illinois Economic and Fiscal Commission. But he's better known as having ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Reversing course in Illinois

Gov. Bruce Rauner arrives to preside over the inauguration of the Illinois Senate in the Capitol in Springfield on Jan. 14, 2015. Gov. Bruce Rauner arrives to preside over the inauguration of the Illinois Senate in the Capitol in Springfield on Jan. 14 ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

City inspector general investigates early-and-often snow plowing on Ald. Ed ...

City Hall's inspector general is investigating why city plows gave preferential treatment to the block of powerful Ald. Edward Burke during the blizzard that hit Chicago earlier this month. The development came to light Thursday — just hours after ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Rahm's Runoff

The city failed in its bid to host the 2016 Olympics, and five-term mayor Richard M. Daley's approval rating sank to 35 percent. The dynamic Emanuel seemed just what the flagging city needed. His dead-fish-mailing, F-bomb-dropping style seemed ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick

WASHINGTON (AP) - Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies. The 12 to 8 vote in ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Proposal to create 'Pat Quinn Way' in Vancouver

Hockey legend Pat Quinn could soon be given a special honour in downtown Vancouver. City council is considering a proposal to rename Abbott Street to “Pat Quinn Way” for a one-block stretch in front of Rogers Arena. A staff report said Quinn's family ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Teachers Union: Rahm Is Finished

“The mayor is going to lose,” Jay Sharkey, interim head of the Chicago Teachers Union tells Chicago Magazine. “Rahm can't run away from the fact that he closed 50 schools, that he opposes an elected school board, that his donors list is full of rich ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Cook County wants Legislature to foot bill for special prosecutor in sex-crime ...

The taxpayers of Minnesota's Cook County could be on the hook for a big bill racked up during the 2013 prosecution of their county attorney for felony sex crimes. Without input or approval from county commissioners, a judge appointed a special ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Will Preckwinkle throw Garcia a lifeline? It's a waiting game

The woman who could provide a major boost to Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the mayoral runoff is sitting it out—at least so far. Aides to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle say that, even though Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been forced into an April ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Preckwinkle offers Garcia no help. Will that change?

The woman who could provide a major boost to Jesus "Chuy" Garcia in the mayoral runoff is sitting it out—at least so far. Aides to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle say that, even though Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been forced into an April ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Jimmy Butler: Running The Gauntlet

... the Bulls turn to Jimmy Butler as their franchise player? On SI Now, Sports Illustrated staff writer Ben Golliver explains whether it's time for the Chicago Bulls to turn to Jimmy Butler as their franchise player and how the Bulls plan on keeping ...


February 27, 2015 @ 6:01 AM

Glenview bans housing voucher discrimination

The Housing Authority of Cook County's Housing Choice Voucher program "puts landlords on the defensive 100 percent of the time," Hinkamp said, and could backfire by driving more landlords away from rental housing. Glenview adopted its fair housing ...


February 26, 2015 @ 6:03 AM

Chicago Mayor Faces A Six-Week Runoff

Labor and liberal advocacy groups such as American Federation of Teachers and MoveOn.org hailed the prospect of the runoff, and Mr. Garcia said he expects fundraising to pick up. “It's pretty clear that it's the finance guys versus the neighborhoods in ...


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