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By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 31, 2014 5:58 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — America’s “Second City” finds itself behind most other large metropolises in its manufacturing growth, a new study reveals. More specifically, Chicago’s manufacturing and export sectors aren’t recovering from the recession as quickly as other major metropolitan areas. Research conducted by the British-based HSBC Bank — the world’s largest bank [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 30, 2014 6:03 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD — A new study reveals Illinoisans get more bang for their healthcare buck than many other states in the country — but that doesn’t mean they are necessarily paying less, experts warn. Data from financial information company WalletHub shows the average return-on-investment for money spent on healthcare-related costs is [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 30, 2014 4:37 PM
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Wednesday officially introduced to the City Council an ordinance that would increase the minimum wage to $13 an hour and the debate remains heated. The minimum wage debate has become increasingly heated over recent days in Illinois’ biggest city and throughout the state as [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 25, 2014 5:46 PM | 47
BY BRADY CREMEENS | Special to Watchdog.org CHICAGO — Illinois charter schools will be required to make their student selection process public, because of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn this week. Gov. Quinn Thursday approved a law that will mandate publicly funded charter schools hold a lottery when they have more students apply than the school [...]
By Brady Cremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 25, 2014 3:28 PM | 214
BY SCOTT REEDER | Special to Watchdog.org SPRINGFIELD – I picked up my vacation photos at Walgreens the other day. And I didn’t hear any French, German or Italian spoken. How surprising. I’ve read that the Deerfield, Ill.,-based drugstore chain is considering becoming a Swiss corporation. I’ll admit the thought of a company that is essentially an American icon [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 23, 2014 5:57 PM | 33
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/23/14 The quest for term limits on lawmakers in Illinois may appear to be dead in the water, but the proponents for the effort aren’t throwing in the towel yet. Monday, the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court agreed to an expedited appeals process in order to have the matter decided by August 22, the [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 22, 2014 6:21 PM
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/22/14 The functionality of the Affordable Care Act was dealt another blow Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The court ruled that the Internal Revenue Service does not have the ability to circumvent the original intent of the Affordable Care Act and provide insurance subsidies or impose individual [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 22, 2014 5:52 PM | 583
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/22/14 CHICAGO – Employers in Illinois can no longer access criminal background checks on potential hires until after an interview is conducted. Gov. Quinn signed into law this week a bill that prohibits private employers from asking applicants about their criminal history prior to determining if they are qualified for the job. “Everyone deserves a [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 21, 2014 6:36 PM
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/21/14 Some Illinois county governments will soon see new measures in accountability, thanks to legislation signed by Gov. Quinn Monday. The legislation, which passed the Illinois Senate and House chambers this past spring, enabled county boards to create and adopt a code of conduct regarding the behavior of county appointees. According to a press [...]
By bcremeens | Watchdog.org | Jul 21, 2014 5:40 PM | 12
Brady Cremeens Illinois News Network 7/21/14 CHICAGO-Last month the state of Illinois recorded its largest monthly workforce loss in recorded state history. Nearly 22,000 Illinoisans left the workforce in June, a greater number than even the 17,500 who quit looking for work during 2008’s “Great Recession,” according to a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois has seen [...]