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Labor Boosts Legislative Allies in Looming Illinois Pension Fight

Everybody is working on Illinois pension reform.

While the 10 lawmakers on the pension conference committee have been working to erect a sturdy pension reform bill during the summer, top organized labor unions have been working to reinforce their allies for any fight that might emerge during the legislature's veto session, starting this week.

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Remembering Willis Wagons -- 50 years later, civil rights challenges remain

The nation has marked its I Have a Dream moment of history, but now the civil rights anniversary spotlight shines on Chicago, which saw one the largest civil rights demonstrations in its history exactly 50 years ago this week when a one-day boycott kept more than 200,000 students home from school. It was about something called Willis Wagons.

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Drew Williams, Lane Tech Football Player Who Suffered Serious Head Injury, Improving

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    Photo: WGN

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    The condition of a teen football star from Chicago's Lane Tech College Prep High School is slowly improving after he suffered a brain injury and collapsed during an Oct. 4 football game.

    The Tribune reports the family of Drew Williams, 17, said Saturday the high school senior is no longer in critical condition, but the extent

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    CTA Red Line Reconstruction Project On South Branch Complete, Stations Reopened

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      Photo: CTA

      The Red Line reopened its southern branch Oct. 20.

      Updated story

      After five months of demolition and rebuilding, the south branch of the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line is back in business as of 4 a.m. Sunday.

      As many a Red Line passenger south of Roosevelt is well aware, one half of the system's busiest line had been out of commission

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      Chicago Cigarette Taxes: Rahm Emanuel Reportedly Eyes 75-Cent Tax Hike For Smokers

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        Though Mayor Rahm Emanuel previously announced he'll be holding the line on property, sales and gasoline taxes in Chicago as he looks to balance the city's budget, it appears the same cannot be said for the city's already-lofty cigarette tax.

        According to the Chicago Tribune, Emanuel plans to increase the city cigarette tax by 75 cents

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