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August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

This Day, August 20, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

1893: Samuel Gompers, President of the American Federation of Labor opened today's meeting of delegates from 30 labor organizations who looking for means to “relieve the distress among the unemployed workingmen” of New York who were enduring the ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Man charged with threatening Scott Walker's son on Twitter

Scott Walker speaks at the Republican National Committee summer meetings in Chicago, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. ... He told the detective he was upset Mr. Walker won a recall election in 2012, overcoming opposition from labor unions who tried to punish the ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Joe Dorman outraises Gov. Mary Fallin in most recent campaign reporting period

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman out-raised GOP incumbent Mary Fallin during the most recent state Ethics Commission filing period, documents filed Monday show. Dorman reported total contributions of $267,310.40 for the reporting period ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

National union chief pledges $1M if Karen Lewis runs for mayor

The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. “I did say privately to Karen and at our ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Million buck pledge changes Lewis' 'calculus' — but not timeline

Karen Lewis said Tuesday that a $1 million pledge of support from the American Federation of Teachers “automatically changes the calculus” of a potential mayoral campaign. But apparently not enough to push the Chicago Teachers Union president any ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Gov. Perry could be the right's Rod Blagojevich: Column

The news of the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry late Friday thrilled many of his critics around the country, but it perplexed anyone who actually read the indictment. The charges against Perry, who was scheduled to be booked on Tuesday, stem from ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Vickroy: Turning sorrow into hope for at-risk job seekers

She has drafted a letter to CTA President Forrest Claypool, as well as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I just want them to make some changes, because it could help someone else,” she said. Before the incident that claimed her husband's life, Cole-Scott ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Both Elementary and High School Attendance Improved in First Year of New ...

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--August 19, 2014. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett today announced that attendance rates from kindergarten through 12th grade rose to 93.2 percent in School Year 2013– 2014 ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Council to hold hearing on closing of city mental health clinics

The closure of the six clinics — half of the 12 the city had when Emanuel took office — took place in April 2012 as called for in the mayor's first city budget, which the City Council passed on a 50-0 vote. Former Mayor Richard M. Daley had ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Activists, Progressive Aldermen Call For Reopening Of Mental Health ...

Chicago's public health commissioner got grilled by activists Tuesday afternoon at a long-awaited informational council hearing on mental health services in the city. Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) and other members of the council's Progressive Reform Caucus ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ed Kelly on Rahm Emanuel: 'He's a Suburbanite,' Not a Chicagoan

Kelly was otherwise mum on the subject of former Mayor Richard M. Daley, whose past financial flubs have contributed to those aforementioned "money problems." A Daley loyalist, Kelly was axed by Harold Washington -- another ex-Chicago boss -- in 1986 ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Mental health advocates blast Emanuel's clinic closings

Making the touch choices, the reforms necessary to achieve the goals.” Five years ago, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley tried to close four mental health clinics, only to back off under pressure after it was revealed that a faulty billing system had forced ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Emanuel laughs off Ed Kelly's 'suburbanite' label

Emanuel was referring to the marathon residency battle touched off by his decision to resign as White House chief of staff and return to Chicago to run for mayor after the retirement of his political mentor, former Mayor Richard M. Daley. In January ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

10 Biggest Tuition Increases at Illinois Universities for the 2014-2015 School ...

Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) had the tuition and fees number for the 2013-2014 school year, but had not updated to the upcoming school year yet. As a result, the 2014-15 numbers are pulled from each school's individual website. The ...


August 20, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Term Limits Committee Seeks High Court Action

The case is at the appellate court level but Rauner believes the issue will have to be decided by the Illinois Supreme Court. The amendment limits state lawmakers to 8 years in the Illinois General Assembly, while also making other structural and ...


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