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May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

LA mayor: Minimum wage exemption for unionized firms needs study

Bonin's view was at odds with that of Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor and a leader of the Raise the Wage coalition. Hicks said in a statement ... San Francisco, Chicago and Oakland did; Seattle did not. L.A.'s minimum ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Other View: Clock ticking for newbies to learn Open Meetings Act

One of the positives to come out of the Gov. Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal of 2008-09 is greater attention to openness and transparency in Illinois government. Reform legislation regarding the Open Meetings Act put greater responsibility on ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Voters will get a say on impeachment plan

... a White House intern, but the Senate fell far short of the two-thirds majorities required to convict him. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois was the most recent governor to be removed by a state legislature in 2009, ahead of his conviction on federal ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

The other showdown in Springfield

Rod Blagojevich signed off on a 13 percent wage hike over the course of a four-year AFSCME contract. AFSCME leaders boasted then that it was the best offer of any state in the country. Illinois faced a $2.3 billion budget deficit that year. In 2008 ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Reeder: Mike Madigan a hypocrite for condemning meetings

SPRINGFIELD – “We need taller interns,” a statehouse wag told me my first year covering the Illinois Capitol. I was a bit perplexed. After all, at 6 foot, 4 inches, I've never considered myself too short. But in 1988, folks wanted someone tall enough ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel shuffles the deck again — with new leaders at Department of Buildings ...

Emanuel has already shuffled the deck and breathed new life into his second-term cabinet by naming CTA President Forrest Claypool, the mayor's longtime friend, to be his chief of staff. In a news release announcing the latest changes, the mayor ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Rahm Emanuel Knows This: United and American Employ 23K Chicagoans

So one would expect that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel would take an interest in representing the interests of the U.S. airline industry, which employs tens of thousands of his constituents and plays a major role in assuring that Chicago remains one of ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Taste of Chicago 2015 Touts 19 Rookies in 60-Vendor Food Lineup

The city of Chicago is still attempting to pump new life into the Taste of Chicago, announcing 19 new food vendors for this year's festival which will be held from July 8 through July 12 in Grant Park. Diners will also once more have the chance for ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fired cop in racist photo: 'Good riddance'

Earlier this month, Chicago became the nation's first major city to dole out reparations — $5.5 million to be exact — to compensate those allegedly tortured by former Area 2 Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge and his cohorts. It was the boldest step ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

CPS board delays action on charter school proposals

Charter schools came about under former Mayor Richard M. Daley and then expanded under Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The selling point among proponents of charter schools is that they are alternatives to CPS neighborhood schools. The big argument against ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Is Racist Cop Photo of A Black Man Wearing Antlers A Relic of the Past?

... police board last October, McDermott received a glowing tribute from his stepfather, former Deputy Superintendent Thomas Byrne, before Byrne went on to become commissioner of the streets and sanitation department under former Mayor Richard M. Daley ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago to borrow $674 million, but junk status adds millions to cost

For the moment, it will push the city's outstanding short term debt, which was capped at $200 million under Mayor Richard M. Daley, to $714 million. The four variable-rate bonds being paid off with the new borrowing were originally issued by Daley and ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Spring session: Illinois House of Representatives voting records

... for maintaining Illinois' financially troubled status. (Here's Rauner's statement.) Here are roll calls from the House budget bill votes. HB4146–Moves $400 million from the General Revenue Fund to the Illinois Student Assistance Commission for the ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Community college crackdown coming

SPRINGFIELD -- Legislation that could rein in administrative costs at Illinois community colleges is advancing in the General Assembly. The Illinois Senate is poised to debate a proposal that would cap severance packages given to departing college ...

May 28, 2015 @ 7:01 AM

Massive growth in Illinois craft beer predicted with new law

In an agreement hailed by both sides that negotiated it — brewers and distributors — an updated law is expected to come before the Illinois General Assembly this week that clears up a patchwork of rules that brewers have long criticized as stymieing ...

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