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Crain's Chicago Business
Toni Preckwinkle gets personal with Bruce RaunerCook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made the rounds of media outlets l
Toni Preckwinkle gets personal with Bruce Rauner
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted yesterday
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle made the rounds of media outlets late yesterday, making the case that delays in state funding because of the Springfield budget standoff are really, really beginning to pinch. But here's something you... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile EndorsementsJulianna Stratton held a news conference Thursday to announce a host of powerfu
Rep. Dunkin’s Primary Opponent Receives High-Profile Endorsements
NBC Chicago / Posted 2 days ago
Julianna Stratton held a news conference Thursday to announce a host of powerful endorsements as she moves forward with her bid to unseat state Rep. Ken Dunkin, her opponent in the March 15 Democratic primary for the state’s 5th District House seat... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner huddles with biz groups to push his agendaAs the state's budget standoff takes more and more of a toll, Gov. Bruce Rauner
Rauner huddles with biz groups to push his agenda
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 2 days ago
As the state's budget standoff takes more and more of a toll, Gov. Bruce Rauner is hitting the campaign trail in an apparent effort to buck up the troops. The state's GOP chief executive, who says big structural changes are needed to boost Illinois'... Read more
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Northwest Herald
Rauner uses showdownsBruce Rauner is no friend. Rauner is no governor. Rauner, during the campaign,
Rauner uses showdowns
Northwest Herald / Posted 3 days ago
Bruce Rauner is no friend. Rauner is no governor. Rauner, during the campaign, announced he was a “businessman” – a private equity investor. Rauner campaigned on a few calorie-free phrases, such as “shaking up Springfield,” “taking on government... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Chicago's deepening trust deficitChicago is suffering from a major deficit, a deficit that affects our lives in
Chicago's deepening trust deficit
Chicago Tribune / Posted 5 days ago
Chicago is suffering from a major deficit, a deficit that affects our lives in too many ways to count. It's not a money deficit, though there's that too. It's a deficit of trust. The people don't trust the police. The police don't seem to trust... Read more
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SaukValley.com
Lawmakers write another ‘bad check’Please note, I said deliberately. Folks occasionally make a mistake and overdr
Lawmakers write another ‘bad check’
SaukValley.com / Posted 5 days ago
Please note, I said deliberately. Folks occasionally make a mistake and overdraw a checking account. That’s when you look at the overdraft fee, sigh, and pay what you owe. But there is a shameless segment that will deliberately write bad checks,... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Chicago Teachers to Rally Downtown ThursdayChicago teachers plan to rally downtown Thursday against proposed Chicago Publi
Chicago Teachers to Rally Downtown Thursday
NBC Chicago / Posted 6 days ago
Chicago teachers plan to rally downtown Thursday against proposed Chicago Public Schools layoffs and millions of dollars in budget cuts. The Chicago Teachers Union is expected to begin the rally at the Bank of America headquarters in the city’s West... Read more
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Northwest Herald
Reeder: State politicians just bad-check writersPlease note I said deliberately. Folks occasionally make a mistake and overdraf
Reeder: State politicians just bad-check writers
Northwest Herald / Posted 6 days ago
Please note I said deliberately. Folks occasionally make a mistake and overdraft a checking account. There is a shameless segment, however, that will deliberately write bad checks, hand them to merchants and skedaddle. My parents were... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Turmoil Between CTU, CPS PersistsOn Wednesday night, one teacher from each Chicago public school met with union
Turmoil Between CTU, CPS Persists
NBC Chicago / Posted 6 days ago
On Wednesday night, one teacher from each Chicago public school met with union leadership during the House of Delegates meeting. The gathering took place hours after the CTU closed a near $1 million account with the Bank of America in response to... Read more
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The Harrisburg Daily Register
Kasiar running for state house seat.An Eldorado business owner, in a room full of family, friends, and community me
Kasiar running for state house seat.
The Harrisburg Daily Register / Posted 6 days ago
An Eldorado business owner, in a room full of family, friends, and community members declared his run for state representative of District 118.Jason Kasiar, owner of Beck's Drugs, officially announced Wednesday at the American Legion Post No. 169,... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner denies sabotage, but he sure doesn't like CPS borrowing planGov. Bruce Rauner today termed "ridiculous" charges from City Hall that he's tr
Rauner denies sabotage, but he sure doesn't like CPS borrowing plan
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 7 days ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner today termed "ridiculous" charges from City Hall that he's trying to scuttle a pending $875 million bond issue to keep Chicago Public Schools open for the rest of the year. But he simultaneously ridiculed the idea of troubled CPS... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
CPS options are vanishing after CTU rejects contractYou wouldn't think things could get any worse for Chicago Public Schools, not w
CPS options are vanishing after CTU rejects contract
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 8 days ago
You wouldn't think things could get any worse for Chicago Public Schools, not with a $480 million midyear budget deficit, nearly exhausted financial reserves, strikes and layoffs a real possibility and Gov. Bruce Rauner hell-bent to push the district... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
CPS's options are vanishing after CTU rejects contractYou wouldn't think things could become any worse for Chicago Public Schools, no
CPS's options are vanishing after CTU rejects contract
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 9 days ago
You wouldn't think things could become any worse for Chicago Public Schools, not with a $480 million mid-year budget deficit, nearly exhausted financial reserves, strikes and layoffs a real possibility and Gov. Bruce Rauner hell-bent to push the... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
What's the end game for CPS' financial crisis?After a year of near-chaos, the vague outlines of plan to not only keep Chicago
What's the end game for CPS' financial crisis?
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 9 days ago
After a year of near-chaos, the vague outlines of plan to not only keep Chicago Public Schools open but to finally put its finances on more sustainable footing are starting to come into focus. We'll have a better read later today, when a key unit of... Read more
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NBC Chicago
CTU Bargaining Team to Vote on CPS' Latest OfferThe bargaining team for the Chicago Teachers' Union will cast an important vote
CTU Bargaining Team to Vote on CPS' Latest Offer
NBC Chicago / Posted 9 days ago
The bargaining team for the Chicago Teachers' Union will cast an important vote Monday, with an outcome that could signal if a possible teachers’ strike can be averted. Teachers have been working without a contract since June. For months the union... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Dems pass college aid bill. Rauner vows veto.At issue is a measure—actually, two competing measures—to appropriate money for
Dems pass college aid bill. Rauner vows veto.
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 13 days ago
At issue is a measure—actually, two competing measures—to appropriate money for the Monetary Award Program of scholarships and for some or all state institutes of higher education. Funding for higher education is among the few areas of state... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner offers softer tone, but same bottom lineAdopting a new tone but retaining the same bottom line, Gov. Bruce Rauner today
Rauner offers softer tone, but same bottom line
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 14 days ago
Adopting a new tone but retaining the same bottom line, Gov. Bruce Rauner today appealed to Democrats to work with him on areas of mutual concern, but he stuck with his demand that pro-business reforms precede any tax hike needed to enact a balanced... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Ken Dunkin, state rep who bucked Madigan, gets big outside helpThe Chicago lawmaker whose defection effectively cost Illinois House Speaker Mi
Ken Dunkin, state rep who bucked Madigan, gets big outside help
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 14 days ago
The Chicago lawmaker whose defection effectively cost Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan his ability to override gubernatorial vetoes has suddenly received some six-figure re-election help from a political action committee that some consider to... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner will try to think positive in his big speechA few details are leaking out about Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State spee
Rauner will try to think positive in his big speech
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 14 days ago
A few details are leaking out about Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State speech at noon on Wednesday, and it looks like he's going to try to accentuate the positive, at least in part. According to administration sources, the GOP governor will... Read more
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The Pekin Daily Times
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM CHICAGO (AP
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case
The Pekin Daily Times / Posted 14 days ago
Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM Posted Jan. 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million... Read more
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ABC News
Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Official in Red-Light Camera CaseA federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday fo
Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Official in Red-Light Camera Case
ABC News / Posted 15 days ago
A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company. Jurors returned with guilty verdicts on all 20 counts against John Bills, the... Read more
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KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix
Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Official In Red-Light Camera CaseCHICAGO — A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on
Jury Convicts Ex-Chicago Official In Red-Light Camera Case
KJZZ 91.5 Phoenix / Posted 15 days ago
CHICAGO — A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company. Jurors returned with guilty verdicts on all 20 counts against John... Read more
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Everett Herald
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:32 p.m. CHICAGO � A federal jury con
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case
Everett Herald / Posted 15 days ago
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 1:32 p.m. CHICAGO � A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light... Read more
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WBEZ91.5
Jury Convicts ex-Chicago Official in Red-Light Camera CaseCHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation officia
Jury Convicts ex-Chicago Official in Red-Light Camera Case
WBEZ91.5 / Posted 15 days ago
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury convicted a former Chicago transportation official on Tuesday for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company. Jurors returned with guilty verdicts on all 20 counts against... Read more
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Brandon Sun
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera caseCHICAGO - A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts
Jury convicts ex-Chicago official in red-light camera case
Brandon Sun / Posted 15 days ago
CHICAGO - A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a Phoenix company. Jurors returned with a guilty verdict on all 20 counts Tuesday afternoon. They... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Red light camera case ends in bribery convictionClick on the image above for a special graphic report on the twisted saga of Ch
Red light camera case ends in bribery conviction
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 15 days ago
Click on the image above for a special graphic report on the twisted saga of Chicago's red light cameras. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a former Chicago official on all counts for taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Illinois Gov. Rauner is bad for business, Cullerton saysThe president of the Illinois Senate suggested today that pro-business, GOP Gov
Illinois Gov. Rauner is bad for business, Cullerton says
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 16 days ago
The president of the Illinois Senate suggested today that pro-business, GOP Gov. Bruce Rauner actually is hurting the state's business climate in some key ways But Sen. John Cullerton also extended an olive branch or two, suggesting that he and the... Read more
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Peoria Journal Star
Weighing gridlock or incompetencePosted Jan. 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM Which is better, gridlock or incompetence? It’
Weighing gridlock or incompetence
Peoria Journal Star / Posted 16 days ago
Posted Jan. 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM Which is better, gridlock or incompetence? It’s a discussion I had several times with colleagues and sources over recent days, even before a Chicago Sun-Times columnist tried to compare the tenure of disgraced hairdo... Read more
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Daily Herald
Cook County Sheriff Dart blasts Rauner over mental health cutsCook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and the National Alliance on Mental Illness den
Cook County Sheriff Dart blasts Rauner over mental health cuts
Daily Herald / Posted 17 days ago
Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and the National Alliance on Mental Illness denounced Gov. Bruce Rauner this weekend, following the announcement that Lutheran Social Services of Illinois would lay off 750 employees and shut down 30 social services... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Red light camera trial offers rare glimpse into City Hall intrigueDuring the two-week trial in one of largest bribery schemes ever to envelop Cit
Red light camera trial offers rare glimpse into City Hall intrigue
Chicago Tribune / Posted 18 days ago
During the two-week trial in one of largest bribery schemes ever to envelop City Hall, federal prosecutors tossed around the names of such powerful political luminaries as Michael Madigan, Richard Daley and Edward Burke. But the focus has been on a... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Illinois GOP leaders file bill to take state control of CPSAs promised, the Republican leaders of the Illinois House today introduced legi
Illinois GOP leaders file bill to take state control of CPS
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 19 days ago
As promised, the Republican leaders of the Illinois House today introduced legislation to strip the mayor of his control over Chicago Pubic Schools and, eventually, elect members of the Chicago Board of Education. I haven't fully read the language... Read more
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The Champaign News-Gazette
Tom's #Mailbag, Jan. 22, 2016Questions and answers this week about the new Red Robin in Champaign, who the n
Tom's #Mailbag, Jan. 22, 2016
The Champaign News-Gazette / Posted 19 days ago
Questions and answers this week about the new Red Robin in Champaign, who the new Illinois athletic director should be, the gigantic impact of the Powerball lottery, clearing of snow from city streets, the uncertain future of the 56-year-old Country... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Lessons to be learned from Rauner's pension blunderAfter a day of furious damage control, the Rauner administration is hoping that
Lessons to be learned from Rauner's pension blunder
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 19 days ago
After a day of furious damage control, the Rauner administration is hoping that it's put back together a $1-billion-a-year state pension reform plan that would be passed by Senate President John Cullerton, with the governor's help. Rauner might get... Read more
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Central Illinois News Center
Gov. Rauner gives seal of approval to pension reformPEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his seal of approval to a rival's plan o
Gov. Rauner gives seal of approval to pension reform
Central Illinois News Center / Posted 19 days ago
PEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his seal of approval to a rival's plan on pension reform. In Chicago on Thursday, Rauner approved a reform plan put forth by Illinois Senate President and Democrat John Cullerton. The governor called the... Read more
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Central Illinois News Center
Gov. Rauner gave his seal of approval to a pension reform.PEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his seal of approval to a rival's plan o
Gov. Rauner gave his seal of approval to a pension reform.
Central Illinois News Center / Posted 19 days ago
PEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Bruce Rauner gave his seal of approval to a rival's plan on pension reform. In Chicago on Thursday, Rauner approved a reform plan put forth by Illinois Senate President and Democrat John Cullerton. The governor called the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Redflex CEO admits on stand she had no direct proof of cash bribesThe former CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems acknowledged Thursday she had no dire
Redflex CEO admits on stand she had no direct proof of cash bribes
Chicago Tribune / Posted 20 days ago
The former CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems acknowledged Thursday she had no direct proof that the company's Chicago-based consultant was funneling cash bribes to a top city official who helped make the city's red light camera program the largest in... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Redflex CEO details contract steering at red light cameras trialThe often secret but legendary power politics at City Hall played a major role
Redflex CEO details contract steering at red light cameras trial
Chicago Tribune / Posted 20 days ago
The often secret but legendary power politics at City Hall played a major role in a bribery scheme that propelled Chicago's red light camera program into the largest in the nation, a key player testified Wednesday. Karen Finley, 55, the ousted CEO... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
What the heck is going on at CPS? A parent's guide to financial chaosMayor Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats want Springfield to write a big check, one
What the heck is going on at CPS? A parent's guide to financial chaos
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 21 days ago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Democrats want Springfield to write a big check, one they say the effectively bankrupt state owes them as a matter of equity. Meanwhile, the Chicago Teachers' Union wants to squeeze just anyone with a breath for more... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Republican lawmakers pitch state takeover of CPS as 'lifeline,' not 'bailout'Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of Chicag
Republican lawmakers pitch state takeover of CPS as 'lifeline,' not 'bailout'
Chicago Tribune / Posted 21 days ago
Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday proposed a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and permitting the troubled district to declare bankruptcy to get its finances in order, billing the controversial ideas as a "lifeline" and not "a state... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
The cost of gridlockFor those who are trying to put a price tag on the cost of Springfield gridlock
The cost of gridlock
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 22 days ago
For those who are trying to put a price tag on the cost of Springfield gridlock, an answer of sorts is coming from the University of Illinois' Institute of Government and Public Affairs: $53 million, just for starters. According to an analysis... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner must move beyond populist imagery in budget battlePublic opinion polls vary widely on who's going to succeed Chicago's Barack Oba
Rauner must move beyond populist imagery in budget battle
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 25 days ago
Public opinion polls vary widely on who's going to succeed Chicago's Barack Obama as president, but they agree on one thing: Public confidence in government and its ability to get things done is at record low levels. The reason is fairly obvious. A... Read more
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McDonough County Voice
Tax watchdogs say public pensions ‘stolen’ from taxpayers Posted Jan. 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM MACOMB — With much attention being paid stat
Tax watchdogs say public pensions ‘stolen’ from taxpayers
McDonough County Voice / Posted 25 days ago
Posted Jan. 16, 2016 at 9:14 AM MACOMB — With much attention being paid statewide on public employees’ salaries, layoffs and sweeping cuts to higher education and services, at least one... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Trial of central figure in red-light camera scandal enters 2nd weekOne of the most brazen City Hall corruption cases in Chicago's storied history
Trial of central figure in red-light camera scandal enters 2nd week
Chicago Tribune / Posted 25 days ago
One of the most brazen City Hall corruption cases in Chicago's storied history of graft enters its second week of testimony Tuesday with both sides sorting through a decade of lies. The trial centers on what federal authorities say was the massive... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
Om-g, our leaders could use some yogaNamaste, yogis, and om! I'm grateful that you could take time out of your craz
Om-g, our leaders could use some yoga
Chicago Tribune / Posted 25 days ago
Namaste, yogis, and om! I'm grateful that you could take time out of your crazy-busy schedules to join in this special event, "Yoga-'n'-Politics: A Workshop in Non-Harming." Rahm, please sit down. Nice pirouettes, but this is not the place. Before... Read more
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NBC Chicago
Cook County Dems Endorse Foxx for State's AttorneyWith just weeks to the Illinois March primary, Cook County Democrats on Thursda
Cook County Dems Endorse Foxx for State's Attorney
NBC Chicago / Posted 27 days ago
With just weeks to the Illinois March primary, Cook County Democrats on Thursday endorsed Kim Foxx for state's attorney. The announcement follows an unprecedented move by the party last week to reopen their slating process. Originally when the... Read more
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Chicago Tribune
In year one, Rauner learned difference between statehouse and board roomOne year after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois' chief execut
In year one, Rauner learned difference between statehouse and board room
Chicago Tribune / Posted 30 days ago
One year after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner took over as Illinois' chief executive, the venture capitalist and rookie politician who pledged to make government more effective and efficient now concedes that the challenges at the statehouse are much... Read more
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WREX-TV Rockford
Madigan cancels House meeting amid budget impasseAt a time when the Illinois General Assembly is supposed to look at a budget fo
Madigan cancels House meeting amid budget impasse
WREX-TV Rockford / Posted 30 days ago
At a time when the Illinois General Assembly is supposed to look at a budget for fiscal year 2017, lawmakers are still struggling for a 2016 budget. It may come as a surprise, then, that the Illinois House will not meet on the week of Jan. 10. The... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Who's hiding behind whom in Springfield fight?Gov. Bruce Rauner made some news the other day when he went on Dan Proft's WIND
Who's hiding behind whom in Springfield fight?
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 1 months ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner made some news the other day when he went on Dan Proft's WIND-AM/560 radio show and whacked Mayor Rahm Emanuel but good. “It's so unfortunate the way the mayor is failing the people of Chicago and he's looking to blame other people... Read more
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Crain's Chicago Business
Rauner's business pals are turning sour on himGov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of this new year eagerly beating on Mayor Rahm
Rauner's business pals are turning sour on him
Crain's Chicago Business / Posted 1 months ago
Gov. Bruce Rauner has spent much of this new year eagerly beating on Mayor Rahm Emanuel like he's an overstuffed pinata. The guv clearly is trying to drive a wedge between the mayor and House Speaker Mike Madigan in the state's continuing budget... Read more
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NBC Chicago
State Rep. Ford Says Bill to Recall Rahm Moving AheadA proposal to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel will move onto its next phase, State Re
State Rep. Ford Says Bill to Recall Rahm Moving Ahead
NBC Chicago / Posted 1 months ago
A proposal to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel will move onto its next phase, State Rep. LaShawn Ford said. Ford met with House Speaker Mike Madigan Friday to discuss the proposal ahead of a Town Hall with contistuents and other lawmakers this... Read more
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