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by Ashlee Rezin
1:50pm
Fri Jul 27, 2012

Push For Minimum Wage Increase Rages On With Day Of Action (VIDEO)

Campaigning for a higher minimum wage in Illinois, Stand Up! Chicago joined forces with grassroots organizations from across the city for a series of rallies and marches as a part of the National Minimum Wage Day of Action.

Illinois has the fifth highest minimum wage in the nation, at $8.25 per hour, higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25, last adjusted in 2009. Yet, at least 400 protesters converged at the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Tuesday to support SB 1565, legislation that would raise Illinois’ minimum wage, and to speak of the challenges low-wage jobs present.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
7:03pm
Tue Jul 24, 2012

Longer School Day Deal Reached Between CTU, CPS

The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools announced this afternoon an interim agreement that will let Mayor Rahm Emanuel go forward with his desired seven-hour school day, while also more or less maintaining the workload of teachers.

Both CTU President Karen Lewis and Emanuel billed the compromise as a breakthrough victory.

The agreement does not necessarily mean that the two sides are close to reaching a deal on a new contract, but it does set precise 2013-14 school day guidelines and also lets up to 477 laid off teachers return to work.

PI Original
by Matthew Blake
5:51pm
Wed Jul 18, 2012

TIF Piggybank Running Low

Chicago’s rapid expansion of the controversial Tax Increment Finance, or TIF, program during the housing bubble has arguably started to back fire.

Quick Hit
by Matthew Blake
2:59pm
Tue Jul 17, 2012

City of Chicago Releases Ambitious Cultural Plan

The draft of Chicago's cultural plans reflects some of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oft-stated priorities, such as making Chicago a more internationally-prominent city. But the plan, released yesterday, also includes recommendations that could greatly benefit Chicago artists and public school students.

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