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Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

Intense negotiations to change details of the workers’ compensation reform bill

A week after the proposed state pension cuts failed to pick up the Republican votes needed to pass, lawmakers, unions leaders and business groups made their final push in the month-long negotiation over the workers’ compensation cuts – another divisive bill in Sen. John Cullerton’s (D-Chicago) ‘grand bargain’ package intended to end the state budget […]

South Loop mixed-income apartments plan met with various concerns

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South Loop mixed-income apartments plan met with various concerns

The long-awaited plan to revitalize the vacant Harold L. Ickes Homes received mixed reviews last month from South Loop residents who were worried about the mixed-income development, parking, and traffic during and after construction. “It’s going to be a mix of rental apartments, homeownership, retail, parking and green space,” said Jason Pugh, associate project architect […]

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Students with special needs hit most by CPS’ troubled finances

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Students with special needs hit most by CPS’ troubled finances

Chicago Public Schools parents and officials questioned the way special education was funded by CPS Wednesday amid the schools’ financial crisis, educators faced with increased mandates, leaving the most vulnerable kids behind with fewer resources. “Since the special ed is not fully funded, there are literally kids sitting in classrooms with no teachers, not getting […]

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

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Museum exhibit showcase environmental activism, artistry

  Terry Evans still remembers the day when she saw a woman’s hand turning “greasy black” after wiping her car. Evans, a photographer and visual artist, reflected on that day from two years ago and how it changed her personally. She became an activist fighting pollution and petcoke, a grimy byproduct of steel-making that’s still […]

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