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    Rauner calls state’s financial condition ‘dire’

    Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is decrying the state of the state’s finances.  He says straightening out the books in Illinois is job one. “The financial condition of the state of Illinois is stunningly bad.  It’s horrible,” Rauner told reporters in Springfield today.  “Our financial condition is dire.  We need to take strong action to fix it.” Rauner told reporters the same thing he has been telling members of the General Assembly — that he and his team want to understand every […]

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    Chicago honors veterans at Soldier Field ceremony

    Governor Pat Quinn, Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Senator Mark Kirk were among the dignitaries attending the city of Chicago’s Veterans Day ceremony at Soldier Field this morning. The ceremony included the traditional military posting of the flags and rousing music from the Great Lakes Naval marching band. The political drama of the morning occurred when Quinn and Rauner entered the room.  They stayed far apart, never shook hands and never spoke to each other.  During his remarks […]

  • Police release surveillance video of sex assault suspects

    Chicago police have released surveillance video of two men suspected of sexually assaulting women in the West Town neighborhood. The men seen in the video are the same suspects shown in surveillance pictures released earlier this week. The video shows the men leaving a building and walking down a sidewalk near Lake and Halsted.  Two women, 29 and 30, were sexually assaulted there early last Friday. One of the men is described by police as white or Hispanic, between 25 […]

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Kurt Summers Jr., chief of staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, will join Grosvenor Capital Management. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

    Kurt Summers Jr. named City Treasurer

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Kurt Summers Jr. will succeed City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, who is stepping down at the end of November to return to the private sector. Summers will take over as City Treasurer effective December 1, pending approval by the City Council. Summers is the former chief staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and he was her appointed trustee for the Cook County Pension Fund. He also served as chief of staff to Pat […]

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    Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront

    Some hospitals are starting to ask patients to pay for services upfront or before they’re discharged. In the past, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until insurers processed the charges. But now technology allows hospitals to determine patient responsibility in advance of treatment. And with many patients now carrying larger deductibles on their health insurance, hospitals don’t want to get stuck with patients who can’t pay.

  • Politicians greet voters at Labor Day parades

    Labor Day means the unofficial start to political campaign season. Politicians are hitting the pavement today in parades for some face-time with voters. Governor Pat Quinn attended the Naperville Labor Day parade this morning, and he will march in Zion’s Jubilee Days parade this afternoon. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner walked in the Schaumburg’s Labor Day parade and shook hands with voters. Rauner was asked about Quinn’s announcement Sunday that he’s taking the so-called “Minimum Wage Challenge” and will be […]

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    Lydia Price to be sentenced today

    A Berwyn woman whose disabled son died outside a home filled with hundreds of animals will be sentenced this afternoon in Cook County Court. Lydia Price, 52, was found guilty last May of criminal neglect of a disabled person and aggravated cruelty to animals. Her 14-year-old son Matthew was found near death outside their home in 2011. He died soon after. Authorities said the house was infested with insects and rats, and many of the 200 dogs, cats, birds and […]

  • RAW: Sen. Durbin calls for ‘sensible’ gun laws after 13 shot in Chicago

    Durbin introduces bill to curb corporate inversions

    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is pushing to curb corporate tax dodging through merger deals known as inversions. Durbin and three other Democrats on Capitol Hill unveiled today a bill called the “No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act.” The proposed legislation would deny federal contracts to businesses that incorporate overseas, are at least 50 percent owned by U.S. shareholders and do not have substantial business opportunities in the foreign country in which they are incorporating. Durbin says they are trying […]

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    City of Naperville asks residents to conserve electricity

    With temperatures expected to hit the 90’s Tuesday, the city of Naperville is trying to cut down on electrical usage during peak hours. The city is asking residents to conserve electricity between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. But it’s not because they’re expecting a shortage. It’s for cost saving purposes. When customers voluntarily reduce electrical usage, Naperville minimizes its monthly costs associated with purchasing electricity to meet the needs of its customers. Here are a few tips: If health permits, […]

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    Gaza conflict escalates

    The latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza include the first apparent targeting of a top Hamas political leader. Israel resumed air strikes about six hours after an attempt at a cease-fire collapsed. Gaza health officials say the attacks killed at least seven Palestinans and destroyed the house of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar. Zahar is believed to be in hiding elsewhere. The Israeli military warned residents of northern Gaza to evacuate their homes ahead of the renewed attacks. Gaza militants […]

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