Governor, Republicans Slam Democratic Budget Proposal

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Democrats propose a budget that includes hundreds of millions more for Chicago Public Schools. The latest from a heated day in Springfield.

CPS Preps for Last-Minute Funding Pitch

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As parents rally for education funding outside of CPS headquarters, district officials prepare for an even bigger rally in Springfield.

Crain’s Roundup: Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks Court Corporate Clients

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(2013 Ron Vesely / Chicago White Sox)

Chicago sports teams are turning to their heroes of the past to boost the team brands, and a billionaire biotech pioneer wants to revive print newspapers, and he's putting his money on Tribune Publishing. Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

What Do New Overtime Rules Mean for Workers, Businesses?

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How will the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime affect businesses and employee wages? We look at the new rules. 

‘Heroes on Deck’ Reveals Story Behind WWII Pilots, Sunken Aircraft

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A new documentary tells the amazing story of World War II aviators who earned their wings aboard makeshift aircraft carriers on Lake Michigan.

Delmark Records an Encore for Local Jazz, Blues Enthusiast Bob Koester

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The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement. 

Ask Geoffrey: Earl ‘Madman’ Muntz’s Crazy Chicago Story

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Did a used-car salesman design and build his sleek and sporty luxury car right here in Chicago? Geoffrey Baer has that story and more.

Turning Wastewater into Fertilizer, MWRD Plant Battles Nutrient Pollution

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(Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

A brand new water treatment facility that takes wastewater and creates high-grade fertilizer comes online for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Stickney.

Illinois Fiscal Watchdog Under Investigation for Campaign Spending

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Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino

The state's fiscal watchdog, Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, is under federal investigation. Meet the citizen watchdogs who broke the story.

Lawmaker Meetings Continue, But No State Budget

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There was a flurry of late-session activity in the Illinois House and Senate on Tuesday, but still no budget deal.

Volunteers Collect Dead, Injured Birds in the Loop

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Since 2003, a group called the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors has made it their mission to collect birds that have been killed or injured after striking buildings and other structures.

Strategies for Container Gardening in Chicago

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If you’re one of the many Chicagoans living in an apartment or condo with limited outdoor space, growing your own food can seem like a challenge – but, Jeanne Nolan says, anything you can grow in the ground can be grown in a container with just a few adjustments.

Rauner Pushes for Compromise as Spring Session Draws to a Close

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Eight days left in the General Assembly's spring session. Is there any end in sight to the budget impasse? We have a live report from the state capital. 

Independent Maps Group Responds to Lawsuit

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Days after a bipartisan group filed a constitutional amendment that would take redistricting out of the hands of state lawmakers, a lawsuit was filed to get the proposal thrown out.

Long Lines, Missed Flights: Inspecting the TSA’s Airport Crisis

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Pack a book because those long, soul-crushing lines at O’Hare and Midway airports aren’t going away any time soon. We look at what this means for the future of the TSA.

Dick Durbin Responds to Speculation He’ll Run for Governor in 2018

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Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois did not entirely shoot down rumors that he’s considering a run for governor in 2018, but he did ask those speculating to “cool it” and focus instead on a state budget.