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Wed, 01/11/2012
Gov. Pat Quinn called for a “rendezvous with pension reality” and said the state must get its pension debt under control this year. At a news conference Tuesday, Quinn said pension reform would be one of his top priorities for the legislative session that starts January 31st. The state’s chronic inability to address its pension shortfall was a...
Fri, 09/02/2011
Jim Delany has an ego befitting his stature as a former North Carolina basketball player, a lawyer, and a high-profile, highly paid sports executive. He has a well-earned reputation as Mr. Big in college athletics, a characterization he neither flaunts nor dismisses. During 22 years as its commissioner, Delany has transformed the Big Ten...
Wed, 08/24/2011
Less than two days after negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union stalled, a new offer is on the table presenting the possibility of a teacher raise and a longer school day as early as January. Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard first offered to pay elementary school teachers 2 percent more to work an additional...
Wed, 06/22/2011
It speaks to the rather peculiar state of the White Sox that a right fielder who was 519 miles from U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night was as much a conversation piece as any of the 50 players who were in the park and available for Game 2 of the City Series. Dayan Viciedo, a 22-year-old Cuban émigré, is simply wearing out Triple-A pitching for the...
Sun, 05/01/2011
Jessica Springer left a lasting impression on Linda Bache three years ago in a women’s football championship game. Springer was a 220-pound running back and linebacker for the Dallas Diamonds. Bache, playing safety for the Chicago Force, tried to tackle her and suffered a concussion that, combined with another hit she took later in the game,...
Mon, 04/25/2011
As his team pulled into Dayton, Ohio at 4 a.m. one day in early April, the head coach of the South Shore Drill Team was confident his sleepy squad of 15 teenagers from some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods had a shot at glory for the first time in nearly 20 years. They had done everything he asked. They had worked hard in practice for months...
Fri, 04/22/2011
The reality of today's economy is that a relatively small percentage of households account for most of the economic activity in America. To some, this fact is a celebration of achievement and meritocracy, benefitting all through "trickle-down" economic activity; to others, this fact is a sign of America's bedrock middle and working classes...
Sun, 04/10/2011
For perhaps the first time since last June, the hockey gods smiled on the Chicago Blackhawks. Alarmingly inconsistent for seven months, the defending Stanley Cup champions needed only one point from their regular-season finale against the Detroit Red Wings to secure the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot and begin a defense of their...
Wed, 04/06/2011
Just a few years ago, the 36th Ward Democrats were an important cog in Mayor Richard M. Daley’s machine who essentially enjoyed control over Chicago’s real estate boom. After Tuesday’s election, though, the once-formidable patronage army no longer could claim even the alderman’s seat in the middle-class ward on the western edge of the city....
Mon, 04/04/2011
Loyalty programs are nothing new. From hoarding greasy pizza box tops to toting around (insert favorite coffee shop’s name here) punch card, many customers will go the distance to rack up the coveted free 11th pizza or cup of coffee, respectively. A new Chicago tech startup called Pegmo is leveraging that fact, and helping small businesses get...