03/04/14 07:15 PM
CHICAGO (AP) — Moody's Investors Service has downgraded Chicago's credit rating, citing the city's unfunded pension liabilities. The agency announced Tuesday it's lowering the rating on $8.3 billion in debt from A3 to Baa1, putting it only three notches above junk-bond status. Moody's gave...
By Steve Chapman | 02/28/14 03:16 PM
If you're in the hospital with multiple fractures, a staph infection and a collapsed lung, you may not take great comfort when your doctor informs you that his last patient has it worse, being dead. Sometimes encouraging comparisons are not that encouraging.
By Associated Press | 02/26/14 09:46 AM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The new public-private digital manufacturing lab planned for Chicago will mean 50 to 70 jobs for the city, a professor involved in the project says, but potentially far-reaching innovation for dozens of companies involved. The new Digital Manufacturing and Design...
By Charlie Spiering | 02/25/14 10:47 AM
Obama's latest executive action directs the Department of Defense to spend $140 million in government money for two manufacturing institutes in Chicago and Detroit.
By Meghashyam Mali | 02/24/14 05:54 PM
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, on Monday said he supported President Obama's use of executive actions to push his agenda and bypass Congress “1,000 percent.” “I'm proud that the President took executive action, because he can't allow America's future to...
By Steve Chapman | 02/20/14 11:22 AM
If driving a taxi in Chicago is your dream job, have I got a deal for you. You get to fight traffic, deal with drunks and deadbeats, work long hours and breathe exhaust fumes nonstop. And I can get you into it for just $360,000. That's what you can expect to pay for the city medallion required...
By Associated Press | 02/19/14 08:43 AM
Hundreds of University of Illinois at Chicago faculty members began striking Tuesday to demand pay raises and protest a failure to reach an agreement with the administration on a contract.
By Steve Chapman | 02/13/14 11:13 AM
The name "Chicago," according to local lore, came from an Indian word meaning "stinky onion." But for decades the city had a different aroma, wafting from an array of candy factories. It was a sweet bonus of urban life. Thanks to a little-known government program, though, it has largely faded...
By Rebecca Berg | 02/12/14 08:55 AM
CHICAGO -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's first travel slate as chairman of the Republican Governors Association was designed as a nationwide victory lap after his re-election as governor. It didn’t work out that way. Instead, still facing blowback from a political retribution scheme...
By Associated Press | 02/12/14 08:27 AM
The so-called "Path to Transformation" Medicaid waiver was posted online this week. If approved by the federal government, it would allow the state to obtain $5.2 billion in federal funds over five years to update the state's health care infrastructure.
By Rebecca Berg | 02/12/14 06:32 AM
CHICAGO -- Dogged by a scandal at home and facing public scrutiny on all fronts, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bet on a full travel slate on behalf of the Republican Governors Association to spur a comeback. And, at least for the short term, he has come out on top. Having brought in $1.5...
By Ashe Schow | 02/05/14 12:38 PM
School officials in a Chicago suburb are not thrilled with a state law passed last year requiring schools to post a "no gun" sticker featuring an Image of a handgun with a red slash through it.
By Paul Bedard | 02/01/14 05:59 AM
With one eye on his lame duck presidency and the other on his legacy, President Obama has ordered up a foundation to build his presidential library. The Barack H. Obama Foundation will likely focus on Chicago as home to the library, and it is expected to be connected to the University of...
By Charles Hoskinson | 01/30/14 02:18 PM
Chicago activists had some harsh words for President Obama in a video response to his State of the Union address. "If this is what you call helping us, just stop helping us," said Mark Carter, an activist with Voices of the Ex-Offender, who suggested Obama should resign, because he isn't doing...
01/30/14 09:03 AM
CHICAGO — Illinois' overall poverty rate is the same as it was a half-century ago despite scores of state and federal aid programs and a dramatic drop in the number of older people struggling to get by, according to a new report that examines how the state has fared since President Lyndon...
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