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Registering Late and Voting Early in Cook County

Oct. 13, 2008 – Did you forget to register to vote?  You don't have to give up on participating in this important election yet! Though the official deadline to register to vote was this past Tuesday, Oct. 7, Chicago voters have one last chance under the grace period option. The Chicago Board of Election Commissioners […]

Transit Agencies Top Lobbyist Spending List

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Submitted on Tue, 05/13/2008 – 20:01. Getting a 230-page transit bill passed by the Illinois Legislature this year was a relief for Rep. Julie Hamos (D-Evanston) for several reasons. One: She gets stopped in the halls by lobbyists less often now. How often did they “check in” with Hamos before the bill passed? “All day […]

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Taxpayer Beware: Government Watchdogs Warn Against Refund Anticipation Loans

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Submitted on Wed, 03/12/2008 – 01:48. With little over a month left to file taxes, some cash-strapped taxpayers feeling the crunch of an economy sliding toward recession turn to refund anticipation loans. Such short-term loans mean they can walk out of a tax preparer’s office with their refund check in hand. State officials and watchdog […]

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Planned Audit May Be Band-Aid for ‘Corrupt’ System

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Submitted on Thu, 02/21/2008 – 14:08. A call by Chicago’s Better Government Association for an audit of Chicago Public Schools magnet school applications was heeded this week.  But the watchdogs aren’t satisfied. Sabin Magnet School Principal Barton Dassinger blew the whistle on 12 cases of application fraud at his school earlier this year.  Parents and […]

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First in the Nation – Why not Illinois

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Submitted originally on Thu, 01/17/2008 – 23:52. Moving the nation’s first primary contest from one flat, Midwestern state to another may not seem like a radical idea. But changing the primary schedule so that the “Land of Lincoln” voted before the Hawkeye state could change the outcome of presidential elections altogether. “It would be a […]

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Iowa 2008 – First in the Nation: Why not Illinois?

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Submitted  on Thu, 01/17/2008 – 16:52. Moving the nation’s first primary contest from one flat, Midwestern state to another may not seem like a radical idea. But changing the primary schedule so that the “Land of Lincoln” voted before the Hawkeye state could change the outcome of presidential elections altogether. “It would be a remarkably […]

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State’s Attorney candidates: Prosecutors not politicians

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Submitted on Wed, 11/21/2007 – 15:08. We all know a lawyer joke or two. But which profession can attorneys deride? Apparently, politicians. Candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney were questioned by prosecutors in a forum hosted by the National Black Prosecutors Association and the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association at Quinn Chapel in Chicago last week. […]

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