House Speaker Michael Madigan called today for the state to put up $100 million to boost efforts to land the presidential library and museum of President Barack Obama.
The speaker joined fellow Democratic Chicago Rep. Monique Davis in introducing legislation to make the construction money available as the sweepstakes to secure the Obama library shifts into a higher gear.
“Chicago is where the president got his start in public service as a community organizer and as a state senator,” Madigan said in a statement. “Housing his library and museum in the city …
A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a bid by former MF Global Holdings Ltd Chief Executive Officer Jon Corzine to dismiss a U.S. regulator’s lawsuit that claims he played a key role in causing one of the country’s biggest bankruptcies ever.
U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s allegations “give rise to reasonable inferences” that Corzine and former Assistant Treasurer Edith O’Brien illegally transferred money out of customer accounts to stem losses from big bets on European sovereign debt. Marrero did not rule on the merits.
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A Montreal-based equipment supplier for Divvy filed for bankruptcy Monday, but at least one city official said it shouldn’t affect operations of Chicago’s bicycle-sharing program.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre announced the filing by Public Bike System Co., or Bixi, which until recently ran that city’s bike-sharing program. The company owes its creditors millions of dollars.
Public Bike System Co. has provided the more than 3,000 bicycles, equipment for about 300 bike docking stations and computer software that is used to collect fees and keep track of bikes for the Divvy program, which …
Before the holiday break, Congress sent just 70 bills to the president’s desk. That compares — unfavorably, we are given to understand — with the 395 bills passed by the 80th Congress, whose supposed indolence Harry Truman ran against. It even compares unfavorably to the 112th Congress, which led to only 231 new laws.
The censorious pieces never stop to explain precisely why Congress should be judged according to the number of bills it passes. That’s simply assumed. This is one of those telltale signs of media bias that are always …
Manufacturers, grocery chains and retailers (are) interested in erecting solar panels along large swaths of abandoned industrial sites in Chicago.
“We have lots of clients and sites available,” Temple said.
But those companies are building large-scale projects in other states because they can’t make the math work in Illinois.
A glitch in the wording of a state law has prevented solar power from being purchased for Illinois electric customers even though they are paying into a fund for that purpose. What’s more, the state has yet to create a market for trading renewable …
Pope Francis warned that church leaders have become too focused on issues such as homosexuality and abortion at the expense of the church’s broader ministry.
“He spoke as somebody who is more human, and as a pastor, not as protector of dogma,” said Pett, the recent past president of the Chicago chapter of DignityUSA, a gay Catholic ministry not sponsored by the church.
His optimism over Francis’ comments resonated in Chicago among Catholics and observers sometimes at odds with church teachings even as those with more traditional views took comfort in the …
Jack Lavin, a longtime friend and chief of staff to Gov. Pat Quinn, is leaving state government to work in the private sector.
Lavin, 51, was was appointed chief of staff in 2010, a move that raised eyebrows given his previous position in imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration as well as Lavin’s connections to political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, also in prison.
Lavin was Blagojevich’s director of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity after Rezko recommended him for the post. Lavin once worked as the chief financial officer for Rezko’s …
In preparation for this hearing, I sought to determine if ALEC, in promoting its model law, was speaking on behalf of all of its corporate and organizational members or if its model was instead supported only by a small faction. Knowing that ALEC does not disclose such information, I sent a letter to more than 300 companies and organizations that have been cited in public documents as ALEC members or sponsors and asked if they supported the model law that ALEC promoted and helped pass. More than 20 of them …
From the Tribune
Aldermen called Tuesday for the Chicago Tribune to be sold only to locally-based owners who commit to “fair, accurate, impartial and non-ideological reporting as a stipulation to any sale.”
The City Council’s Committee on Human Relations adopted the nonbinding resolution, which will go to the full council on Wednesday.
The liberal Moore, who sponsored the resolution, said the Tribune should go to a local investor who “gets the city, understands the city, and most importantly, ownership that does not carry a political agenda.”
And John Kass
A heartwarming story: Chicago Aldermen–most corrupt …
From the Chicago Tribune
On Wednesday, a coalition of businesses and civic organizations called CHANGE Illinois! launched a campaign to amend the state constitution to end this protection racket. They have their work cut out for them. They need to collect almost 300,000 signatures in less than a year to get the measure on the 2014 ballot. A similar effort in 2010 came up short.
CHANGE wants an independent commission to draw the legislative maps, with public input and in broad daylight. (Mapmaking for congressional districts would not change.) The panel would …