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Mon, 02/13/2012
For years, environmental and health organizations have called for the closing of the 83-year-old coal-fired State Line Power Station, one of the Chicago area’s top polluters. Now the plant, which is in Hammond, just across the Indiana border on Lake Michigan and adjacent to Calumet Park, is burning through its last stores of coal. It will stop...
Thu, 02/09/2012
Chicago elementary schools that underwent various reform efforts since 1997 improved during the first four years of intervention, but still lagged behind the district on state exams, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research said in a report released Wednesday. The long-awaited report also found that high schools that implemented...
Tue, 01/10/2012
Four Cook County commissioners failed to take some or all of the required 10 days off without pay in the fiscal year that ended Nov. 30, 2011, according to a preliminary report by the county comptroller’s office. All 17 Cook County Commissioners approved last year’s budget, which called for most of the county’s 23,700 employees to take five...
Fri, 11/11/2011
Nearly two years after the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to make more money available for H.I.V. and AIDS testing for detainees entering the Cook County Jail, most of the men coming into jail are not being tested because of a lengthy delay in hiring a phlebotomist to do the job. Some 150 to 250 detainees enter the jail each day, on...
Mon, 10/24/2011
More than 1,000 county employees would be laid off, about 100,000 residents in the unincorporated areas of Cook County would begin paying for the first time to receive police protection and taxes on alcohol and titled property such as cars and boats would increase under the budget Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is set to unveil to...
Tue, 10/18/2011
The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved three contracts with Teamsters Local 700 Tuesday, even as President Toni Preckwinkle continued to push labor unions to agree to eight unpaid days off in the next budget year. Preckwinkle, who is expected to unveil her budget recommendations next week, is working to close an estimated $315 million...
Wed, 10/12/2011
Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to spend nearly $150 million to make Chicago “the bike-friendliest city in the U.S.” That challenge is considerable, given Chicago’s slow start compared to Portland and other bike-centered cities, and Emanuel’s initial plan is drawing complaints about an inequitable distribution of bike-related investment. The Chicago...
Mon, 10/10/2011
At an August training session for Action Now, an advocacy group for the poor, Madeline Talbott, the lead organizer, handed out a copy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail,” an impassioned plea for “people of good will” to join the fight for freedom and human rights. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice...
Wed, 09/21/2011
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle took some county commissioners to task Tuesday for refusing to take furlough days, saying she was “concerned about commissioners who haven’t behaved as leaders.” Preckwinkle did not name which commissioners she felt were not complying with a County Board mandate that a majority of the county’s...
Fri, 09/09/2011
Are you having fun yet? As with so many things in life, spending too much time on work that you don’t like has a way of sneaking up on you slowly, without your noticing at first. In the earliest phases of a startup business, of course, founders do everything from balancing the books to taking out the trash to standing in line at the post...