Category Politics

$492 Million CTA Blue Line Rehab

The CTA’s Blue Line from Downtown to O’Hare will be overhauled in a four-year, $492 million plan to be announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday. The city bills it as the biggest investment in the O’Hare Branch since it was extended from Jefferson Park to O’Hare 30 years ago. The goal of the plan is […]

Breaking: New Wrigley night game rules

The Cubs got the go-ahead Wednesday to schedule 35 night games per season at Wrigley Field — and add eight more, including three Saturday nights, to accommodate national television — in exchange for added security and free remote parking. The City Council’s License Committee satisfied the Cubs’ demand for “corrections” to the night game ordinance […]

Fast-food workers plan another round of walkouts Thursday

Fast-food workers are poised to walk off the job in 100 cities Thursday, the latest action in a nationwide push for a $15-an-hour wage.Organizers said Thursdays one-day job action will be backed by protests in 100 other cities by social justice groups that support the fast-food workers demands.”There is a huge amount of support and […]

Breaking: Illinois pension reform vote

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly today narrowly approved a major overhaul of the state government worker pension system following hours of debate on the controversial plan strongly opposed by employee unions. The House voted 62-53 to approve a measure that aims to wipe out a worst-in-the-nation $100 billion pension debt by reducing and skipping […]

Colleges in Chicago, Hawaii ready proposals for Obama’s presidential library

  President Obama has more than three years left in his second term, but that isn’t stopping U.S. universities hungry to host his presidential library from developing proposals. The University of Chicago, where Obama taught constitutional law from 1992 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, has quietly emerged as the front-runner for […]

Deal finally reached to revamp Illinois pensions

  At long last, Illinois legislative leaders have reached an agreement on a big deal to revamp the state’s struggling employee pension funds. The deal reportedly would save taxpayers about $160 billion over the next three decades. Steve Brown, spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan, confirmed the deal was reached at a meeting of the […]