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 …
An emotional Gov. Pat Quinn lashed out today at his alma mater, Fenwick High School, for firing his brother as boys basketball coach.
“He’s a kind and gentle man who understands the importance of sportsmanship, and I feel that my high school has lost its soul,” Quinn said. “It’s a devastating blow to my brother, John, and I think the administration there has let down the students, the alumni and shame on them.”
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Robin Kelly, former Chief of Staff to failed bank owner Alexi Giannoulias, has continued the Democrat tradition of putting dicier members of the dicey Chicago political establishment in the 2nd Congressional District.
Former state Rep. Robin Kelly easily won the special Democratic primary Tuesday night in the race to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress, helped by millions of dollars in pro-gun control ads from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political fund.
A snowstorm and lack of voter interest kept turnout low as Kelly had 52 percent to 25 …
Two vocal opponents of Naperville’s initiative to install wireless electric meters on homes were arrested after interfering with the installation process, according to city officials.
Police are accompanying crews this week as they install smart meters at homes that previously sent away installers.
However, the Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group has expressed concerns over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security and privacy. The group has a federal lawsuit pending against the city.
The two women arrested Wednesday are leaders of the group.
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From the Chicago Tribune
Some readers seized this opportunity to accuse us of using this graphic to promote what they termed a specific liberal agenda on the topic of gun control. They saw our labeling mistake as a deliberate misrepresentation, one that made these weapons seem more dangerous. Let me say emphatically that this was a careless mistake, not an intentional deception nor bias. It is regrettable because we got a basic fact wrong, period.