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April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Fringe Factor: Ladies Love the Wage Gap

On Fox News' The Five this week, host Eric Bolling and his co-hosts agreed that U.S. labor laws should be more like China's: nonexistent. “Some of the economies that are starting to kick our butt—those people work hard,” said Bolling. “There aren't ...

April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

George Lucas considering Chicago locations for his art and film 'Star Wars ...

... President, School of the Art Institute; Jorge Ramirez, President, Chicago Federation of Labor; Mary Ann Smith, Former Alderman; Jackie Samuel, Director, New Communities Program, Claretian Associates; and Kurt Summers, co-chair, Senior Vice ...

April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Southeast Chicago residents awaiting proposed Red Line extension to 130th ...

CTA President Forrest Claypool said money is to complete environmental impact studies that began in 2011 and are required before engineering studies on the extension proposal can begin. Officials said they will begin a community outreach program this ...

April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago gang shootings go on as Mayor Emanuel boasts crime at 'record low'

Rahm Emanuel A hip-hop-fuelled gang war is raging as Emanuel boasts that crime is at a record low. Photograph: Bloomberg /Getty Images. Stung by a 16% spike in killings in 2012 that led Moody's, the ratings agency, to downgrade the city's debt due to ...

April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Governor Quinn Wants New Medicaid Controls

Pat Quinn promised tighter controls Saturday after a review found that the Illinois Medicaid program paid an estimated $12 million for medical services for people who had already died. The Democratic governor told reporters he's not happy with the ...

April 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Quinn administration funds Diana Rauner's nonprofit

About a year ago, Ounce also hired Jasculca/Terman & Associates Inc., one of Chicago's most politically savvy public relations firms, to sharpen its image as a leader in early childhood education, an Ounce spokeswoman says in a statement. ... Ms ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Informant in Rezko, Carothers cases accused of stealing TIF money

Rod Blagojevich a $1.5 million bribe to appoint Jesse Jackson Jr. to the Senate — allegedly got $8,250 in rent he was owed, disguised as payment for “plumbing work” at the marina that he never did. And Regina Evans — the former Country Club Hills ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

John Thomas arrested and charged early Friday morning

Thomas worked as a mole in an FBI investigation into political corruption and real estate crimes that involved Tony Rezko, a former associate of Rod Blagojevich. Thomas' cooperation also lead to the conviction of former alderman Isaac Carothers, who ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Blagojevich campaign account donates final dollars

THIRD LAKE, Ill. — A federal campaign account for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is now empty, two years into the Chicago Democrat's prison term. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports Friends of Rod Blagojevich donated $709.85 ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Rham Emanuel's Chicago Math: Three is Only Two

On WLS AM 89 radio in Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron featured an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that shows just why math is soooooo darn hard for politicians. The interview was about Rahm trying to get hundreds of millions of our ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

McCarthy, City ask court to reverse HR board's decision, reject CPD applicants

Mirabelli, who has served the board since 1997 when he was appointed by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, said the board's decisions to reverse the police department's rulings were carefully considered. “The board is vested with the discretion to look at ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Guns and pot may mix in Illinois

A company wanting to become a licensed cultivation center will have to prove $500,000 in liquid assets and provide a $25,000 non-refundable application fee if the latest proposed rules are approved by the Illinois General Assembly. Companies wanting to ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Democrats: Illinois schools could face major cuts

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2013 file photo, Lariyah Beasley, a 4-year-old preschool student from Chicago, holds a sign during a rally outside the Chicago Board of Education headquarters in Chicago. Dozens of protesters, including Lariyah's mother and ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Illinois schools get waiver from No Child Left Behind progress mandate

Illinois joined the long list of states that have received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, which means its school districts won't be punished financially or labeled as failures if ...

April 19, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Study Guide: The week in education for April 18, 2014

... week in education for April 18, 2014. Principal Diedrus Brown speaks to the rally Tuesday, April 15, 2014, outside of Gresham School about stopping the Board of Education from making the school a "turnaround" school. | Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times.

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