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  • Emanuel to city agencies: Up minimum wage to $13

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked the city's sister agencies to pay all contractor and subcontractor employees a minimum wage of $13 an hour. The mayor signed an executive order earlier this month requiring city contractors and subcontractors to pay employees the higher...

  • Olympic Oil to remediate contamination at Chicago site

    Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – Olympic Oil Ltd. will be required under a recent court order to remediate contaminated soil and groundwater at the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal after a series of alleged spills during the summer. “This order will ensure the company takes the...

  • USDA: Illinois corn harvest continues lagging

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Illinois' corn harvest continues creeping along, though recently favorable weather enabled growers to spend more time bringing in the crop. The USDA said Monday in its weekly crop progress update that just 14 percent of the...

  • East St. Louis appoints new assistant police chief

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — A longtime officer with the East St. Louis Police Department is replacing the assistant chief who resigned amid sexual harassment allegations. Roy Mickens was sworn in as the department's new assistant chief Monday after 19 years with the force. Mayor Alvin Parks...

  • Emanuel pushes ban on asking about criminal record

    CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to expand a state law that prevents employers from asking job seekers about their criminal records before offering them an interview. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill this year to "ban the box." That's a reference to the box on many...

  • Quad City International Airport gets $500K grant

    MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Quad City International Airport a $500,000 grant to grow new air service between Northwest Illinois and Washington, D.C. Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced the grant on Monday. The funding was awarded through the...

  • State WIC switching to skim, 1 percent milk

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois nutrition program is tweaking the diet of the low income residents it helps feed. In a news release, the Illinois Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children says that beginning Wednesday, many of those who receive food vouchers...

  • Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Public Library has begun accepting special immigrant driver's licenses as identification for obtaining a library card. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the policy Monday, saying it's "part of being an immigrant-friendly city." The mayor says more Chicagoans now...

  • Ridesharing company Uber to expand in Chicago'

    CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say ridesharing giant Uber will create 420 jobs in the next two years in a major expansion of its Chicago regional headquarters. Gov. Pat Quinn joined in the announcement Monday. The Democrat says his veto action last month killed legislation that would have set up...

  • Eric Holder targets Chicago crime

    Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder Monday announced a new federal program to target high-crime cities, including Chicago, Ill., where shootings and other violent crime have skyrocketed.

  • Elgin police officer fired due to Facebook comment

    ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been fired, authorities say because of Facebook posts he allegedly made. Jason A. Lentz was a 17-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department. In a statement, Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said Lentz was fired Monday after it was determined...

  • GOP opposition to school funding bill irks Manar

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Republicans, fearing that majority Democrats could take money away from their suburban Chicago school districts in a postelection vote, have thrown up prominent if symbolic opposition on Senate-approved legislation to overhaul state funding for public...

  • Man accused of threatening university students

    FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago man has been charged with making bomb and violence threats against students, faculty and staff of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Federal prosecutors announced Monday 21-year-old Derrick Dawon Burns is accused of making the threats on October...

  • Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns

    CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and GOP challenger Jim Oberweis disagreed Monday on whether to require universal background checks for firearms purchases, with Durbin saying it would reduce violence in a country "awash in guns" and Oberweis saying he's not convinced the checks would have...

  • Taxi official charged in alleged title scheme

    CHICAGO (AP) — An official at Chicago's largest taxi company has been charged in an alleged scheme to obtain clean titles for 180 wrecked and salvaged cars and put them back into service. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago unsealed an indictment Monday against 67-year-old Alexsandr Igolnikov...



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