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Illinois Terminates Contract with AFSCME

    PatQuin

    After nearly a year of negotiations, Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on Tuesday terminated the contract between the state of Illinois and its largest public employee union.

    Assistant Budget Director Abdon Pallasch said state officials informed leaders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees there will be no additional

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Maine West High School Sued For Student Hazing, Sodomy 'Sanctioned By Coaches'

      The family of a Illinois high school freshman is suing the Maine Township High School District 207, claiming that Maine West High School officials sanctioned hazing of the unnamed teen as part of a years-long ritual at the school.

      The unidentified mother appeared at a news conference Monday wearing a baseball caps and sunglasses alongside attorney

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Cancelled Plans to Speak Wednesday

        JesseJr2

        After five months of being politically "missing in action," Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was close to addressing his staff for the first time on Wednesday — but backpedaled, apparently still not yet ready to speak publicly.

        The South Shore Democrat's top aides gave conflicting reports late Tuesday on whether Jackson had planned to address his workers in

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        CTA Holds Line on Base Fares, Increases Pass Costs

          CTApasses

          CTA base fares will not increase in 2013, but pass prices will go up--and fares from O'Hare International Airport will more than double in cost--under a $1.39 billion budget announced today.

          The 30-day pass will increase to $100, from $86 currently.

          Seven-day passes will rise to $28 from $23: 3-day passes will increase to $20 from $14: and 1-day

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago