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Senate Passes Child Care and Development Block Grant Legislation

The Senate approved a bill (S.1086) on Monday that will reauthorize the Child Care and Development Block Grant program. Among other provisions, the bill would pave the way for enhanced training for child care providers and state level quality improvements related to nutrition and physical activity in […]

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Illinois House Makes "Wayne McClain Day" Official

The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday declared Jan. 15, 2015 to be Wayne McClain Day throughout Illinois. The resolution mourned the passing of—and designated an official day for—McClain, who died Oct. 15 after a highly successful career as a high school and college basketball coach in […]

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Illinois House Makes “Wayne McClain Day” Official

The Illinois House of Representatives on Tuesday declared Jan. 15, 2015 to be Wayne McClain Day throughout Illinois. The resolution mourned the passing of—and designated an official day for—McClain, who died Oct. 15 after a highly successful career as a high school and college basketball coach in […]

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City Council raises Chicago's minimum hourly wage to $13

By a vote of 44-to-5, the City Council agreed to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019. “No” votes were cast by Aldermen Matt O’Shea (19th); Brendan Reilly (42nd); Michele Smith (43rd); Tom Tunney (44th) and Mary O’Connor (41st). http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/city-council-poised-raise-chicagos-mimimum-wage-13-hr/tue-12022014-943am

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City Council raises Chicago’s minimum hourly wage to $13

By a vote of 44-to-5, the City Council agreed to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019. “No” votes were cast by Aldermen Matt O’Shea (19th); Brendan Reilly (42nd); Michele Smith (43rd); Tom Tunney (44th) and Mary O’Connor (41st). http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/city-council-poised-raise-chicagos-mimimum-wage-13-hr/tue-12022014-943am

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Illinois asks state's top court to revive pension overhaul

Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state’s highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, […]

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Illinois asks state’s top court to revive pension overhaul

Illinois, which is struggling to bolster a shaky public pension system weighed down by a $104.6 billion shortfall, has asked the state’s highest court to reverse a lower court ruling that declared a planned overhaul unconstitutional. The expedited appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court, which was expected, […]

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FOIA Firestorm Sparked

Advocates for government transparency still have a fight ahead over the state’s Freedom of Information Act. That’s despite a temporary reprieve yesterday. Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, of Chicago, caught transparency advocates off guard last week, with just a handful of days remaining in the legislative session. She […]

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Report: Illinois Department of Human Rights employees falsified documents

Four Illinois Department of Human Rights employees assigned to investigate allegations of discrimination forged signatures and falsified documents to cover for work they didn’t do, while supervisors failed to monitor them, a report issued Monday said. Read more: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20141201/News/141209937#ixzz3KsbgzDXV

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