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Gov. fires private manager of Illinois Lottery amid mismanagement

Illinois Lottery Privatization Timeline

By Managing Editor

August 15, 2014

In the wake of Gov. Pat Quinn's firing of Northstar, the private firm operating the Illinois lottery, further evidence has come to light that the Lottery Control Board was out of compliance with Illin...

Astronauts' hearts take on spherical shape

Astronaut hearts shift in microgravity

April 14, 2014

According to recent findings, astronauts experiencing lengthy stays outside Earth’s gravity experience a change of heart—a shape shift to be exact.A March 29 study presented to the American College o...

Residents wary of water privatization

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 3, 2012

Several aldermen and community activists have expressed concern about the possible privatization of the city’s water services, which would increase water costs for residents.Because the 2013 city budget called for privatizing 34 jobs in the Department of Water, some have suggested that the city’s entire water program will soon follow.“Privatization has failed with the parking meters and will fail in any other sector of ...

Quinn cancels union contract

By The Columbia Chronicle

December 3, 2012

a move that has shocked unions across Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn terminated the state’s contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31, the state’s largest public employee union, on Nov. 20.The union had been in contract negotiations with the state since its contract expired in June, but failure to resolve issues regarding retirement benefits and health care for union members ha...

City Council approves 2013 budget

By The Columbia Chronicle

November 19, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2013 budget proposal was passed overwhelmingly during a City Council meeting on Nov. 15 by a vote of 46-3.The $6.5 billion budget, which comes to $8 billion when grant funding is added, is the second Emanuel has drafted since he took office and focuses on expanding schools and on structural reform among the city’s departments.“We need to ensure that we are not only righting our fiscal ship, but [th...

Absent mayor, active community

By The Columbia Chronicle

October 29, 2012

As the City Council’s Nov. 15 deadline to approve the 2013 budget looms, a group of aldermen is seeking to narrow the divide that has emerged between the council and the public that emerged after Mayor Rahm Emanuel cancelled the traditional public budget forums.The Progressive Caucus of the Chicago City Council, which was formed in 2011, is composed of core City Council members including aldermen Bob Fioretti (2nd), John Ar...

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