Labor board chair says Chicago Teachers Union strike was illegal
Amelia Hamilton | April 22, 2016|   5
The Illinois state labor board has asked a judge to issue a temporary injunction against strikes like the one the Chicago Teachers Union undertook on April 1. The injunction would be in place until the legality of such walkouts can be decided by the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, which has yet to hold a full hearing. […]
Suburban Democrat opposes Democrat progressive tax plan
Suburban Democrat opposes Democrat progressive tax plan
Illinois News Network | April 22, 2016|   4
A proposal by some Democrats to replace Illinois' flat income tax with a graduated system could be dead on arrival thanks to at least one Democrat's opposition.
Chicago teachers union leader compares governor to terrorist
Amelia Hamilton | April 20, 2016|   38
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, compared Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to a member of the Islamic State terrorist group on Wednesday. “Rauner is the new ISIS recruit,” she said, then doubled down. “Yes, I said it, and I’ll say it again. … Has Homeland Security checked this man out yet? Because the things he’s doing look […]
Chicago teachers threaten another strike
Amelia Hamilton | April 19, 2016|   10
Amid ongoing budgetary and funding uncertainty, Chicago teachers are once again threatening to strike, less than three weeks after a one-day walkout that shut down schools April 1. Earlier this week, Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool said the district would need to borrow more money to stay afloat, but urged teachers to accept a new […]
HUD knocks landlords over criminal checks
HUD knocks landlords over criminal checks
Kenric Ward | April 18, 2016|   124
The Obama administration is preparing to crack down on landlords who refuse housing to applicants with criminal records. Have felons become a protected class?
It’s time to consolidate local government in Illinois
It’s time to consolidate local government in Illinois
Illinois News Network | April 14, 2016|   42
Illinois has nearly 7,000 local governments, more than any other state.
The fall of Illinois manufacturing
The fall of Illinois manufacturing
Illinois News Network | April 07, 2016|   10
Manufacturing jobs in Illinois are being lost to lower-cost states like Indiana.
Chicago teachers strike moves into second week
Amelia Hamilton | April 04, 2016|   7
Gov. Bruce Rauner, the target of much of the union's ire, called the strike the "height of arrogance" and said this action could have been avoided.
Nanny State of the Week: In time for Opening Day, cities ban chewing tobacco at ballparks
Nanny State of the Week: In time for Opening Day, cities ban chewing tobacco at ballparks
Eric Boehm | April 04, 2016|   210
America’s three biggest cities have recently passed bans on chewing tobacco in baseball stadiums, even though it remains completely legal everywhere else.
Chicago teachers hope strike puts pressure on governor
Amelia Hamilton | April 01, 2016|   27
The nation’s third-largest school system shut down Friday as teachers went on strike to protest budget cuts. Rather than taking to the classrooms, teachers picketed and demonstrated outside of public schools around the city in what they are calling a “day of action.” Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, said teachers hope the […]