Chicago http://peoriapublicradio.org en Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-advance-emanuel-chicago-pension-plan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill to cut retirement benefits for some City of Chicago employees has made its way to the governor’s desk.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But it’s not clear whether he will sign it. IPR'S&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tony Arnold reports.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In one day, the Illinois State House and Senate approved a measure affecting more than 56-thousand city laborers and municipal workers.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The bill would have current employees pay more toward their pensions - while retirees would get less money in benefits.</span></p><div><div> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:17:30 +0000 Tony Arnold 21482 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers advance Emanuel Chicago pension plan Emanuel touts changes to state pension bill http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/emanuel-touts-changes-state-pension-bill <div>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting some changes to a state bill that would prop up some of the city’s troubled pensions. &nbsp;But the changes may be more political than practical.</div><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:58:05 +0000 Alex Keefe 21434 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Emanuel touts changes to state pension bill Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/chicago-labor-groups-il-republicans-same-side-over-pension-issue <div>Some labor unions are finding themselves on the same side as Illinois Republicans in fighting changes to Chicago employees’ retirement benefits. &nbsp;</div><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 23:34:00 +0000 Tony Arnold 21212 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Chicago labor groups, IL Republicans on same side over pension issue U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/u-i-urbana-officials-weigh-chicago-strike <div>A 2-day strike by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago isn’t deterring the efforts of some at the school’s flagship campus to unionize:</div><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 00:54:07 +0000 Jeff Bossert 19212 at http://peoriapublicradio.org U of I Urbana officials weigh in on Chicago strike Rahm Emanuel defends pet coke proposal http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/rahm-emanuel-defends-pet-coke-proposal <div>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending a proposed ordinance that could drive out at least one segment of industry from the city.&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:08:28 +0000 Michael Puente 18900 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Rahm Emanuel defends pet coke proposal Chris Christie stops in Chicago http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/chris-christie-stops-chicago <div>New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is trying to pump up Republicans who want to win the Illinois governor’s race this year. &nbsp;As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, Christie was in Chicago for fundraisers Tuesday.</div><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 23:59:44 +0000 Alex Keefe 18846 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Chris Christie stops in Chicago State board denies emergency petcoke rules http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-board-denies-emergency-petcoke-rules <div>A major setback to the state of Illinois over the handling and storage of petroleum coke, or petcoke. &nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 22:07:05 +0000 Michael Puente 17946 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State board denies emergency petcoke rules Chicago remembers open-housing advocate http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/chicago-remembers-open-housing-advocate <p></p><div>John Baird is being remembered in many ways due to his decades as a real estate developer and architecture preservationist. &nbsp;But also for his work to fight housing discrimination in Chicago.&nbsp;</div><p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:55:15 +0000 Michael Puente 16946 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Chicago remembers open-housing advocate Swearing-in ceremony focuses on gun violence for federal prosecutor http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/swearing-ceremony-focuses-gun-violence-federal-prosecutor <p></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 04:29:47 +0000 Robert Wildeboer 15453 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Swearing-in ceremony focuses on gun violence for federal prosecutor Could Chicago host the next RNC? http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/could-chicago-host-next-rnc <div>The new head of the Illinois GOP says it’s too early to say whether Chicago should host the 2016 Republican National Convention.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That could be a tough sell to Chicago’s staunchly Democratic mayor.</span></div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.</span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Republican Party Chairman Jack </span>Dorgan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was cautious when asked today about the prospects of a Chicago RNC in 2016.</span></p></div><div> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 23:30:34 +0000 Alex Keefe 14940 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Could Chicago host the next RNC?