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Women Elected to Municipal Offices Find Themselves Ignored, Excluded

Women Elected to Municipal Offices Find Themselves Ignored, Excluded

Patti Pacino, a councilwoman on the Batavia, New York City Council, reads official documents five times over before heading to regular meetings to avoid questioning from her male counterparts. “I read everything over and over,” Pacino said. “I don’t ever have the luxury of saying ‘Oh, tell me about it, I don’t remember.’ I would […]

Chicago’s inspector general addresses corruption in the city

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Chicago’s inspector general addresses corruption in the city

In the wake of the mayor releasing his 2017 fiscal budget, the city’s forthright inspector general attacked the city’s contracts with the police and fire departments as he addressed students at University of Illinois at Chicago. Joseph Ferguson, in his second term as Chicago’s inspector general, said part of the reason the city is in […]

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Chicago Cubs honor Jackie Robinson with #42 in Cubbie blue

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Chicago Cubs honor Jackie Robinson with #42 in Cubbie blue

The grass and ivy decorated along the outfield wall at Wrigley Field was as green as ever on this sunny afternoon. The crowd in the Budweiser Bleachers anxiously waited for the players to hit the field, as it was a picture perfect day for a ball game. There could not have been a better way to pay tribute to one […]

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State budget impasse slams brake on Meals on Wheels in Illinois

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State budget impasse slams brake on Meals on Wheels in Illinois

A downstate nonprofit providing meals to the elderly has seen its service severely cutback due to the state’s budget impasse. Senior Services Plus is an organization that serves seniors with home care, wellness programs and Meals on Wheels. The Alton-based agency, which serves Madison and St. Clair counties, says the state owes it $1.5 million. As a […]

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‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

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‘Stephanie’s Law’ would expand state’s sex offender registry list

Illinois has nearly 29,000 registered sex offenders living in Illinois, but that number could increase with the passage of proposed legislation in Springfield. Of the more than 30 offenses requiring someone to register in Illinois, sexual battery is not one of them. Legislation proposed by two state lawmakers, however, would change that. Judges would be […]

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

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Labor activists: Union fight in Illinois mirrors Wisconsin

With negotiations between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees virtually non-existent, Wisconsin labor unions offer telling words of their own struggle five years ago. Back in 2011, the state of Wisconsin was in a similar situation until Republican Gov. Scott Walker passed Act 10, which dismantled collective bargaining […]

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

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Trump UIC rally shut down by protesters

PHOTO/Michael Vadon, 2015 By NADER ALGHOUL Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had to cancel his March 11 Chicago campaign stop at the University of IllinoisChicago Pavilion after hundreds of protesters disrupted the event. The anti-Trump protesters included a diverse group, with Hispanics, whites and African-Americans, Muslims and pro-Palestinians taking over the event. Black Lives Matters […]

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