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Take opportunity to make Illinois a true innovator
It's been about five months since federal stimulus dollars were dispersed, and everyone's analyzing whether the funding is creating enough — and the right — jobs. Recovery funding was intended to boost a weak market, so counting jobs is one measure of success. But the American Recovery…
Jammed
This is the first installment in a three-part series for Chicago Matters: Growing Forward. This year’s Chicago Matters--the award-winning multimedia public affairs series made possible by The Chicago Community Trust with programming from WTTW 11, Chicago Public Radio, the Chicago Public…
Watch your wallets
By the time former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard had completed their "listening tour" of the state, the $25 billion public works plan they were stumping for had grown to $31 billion, sprinkled with sweeteners to win the favor of…
Watch your wallets
By the time former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard had completed their "listening tour" of the state, the $25 billion public works plan they were stumping for had grown to $31 billion, sprinkled with sweeteners to win the favor of…
Good idea on transportation funding
We have used this space to chide the governor and lawmakers for lack of progress in enacting a capital improvement plan to fix up roads and schools and improve mass transit. We can't think of a single reason why such a plan should remain stalled in Springfield . Except one.…
Grant Park idea panned
Planning council objects as Children's Museum set to seek city planners' OK
Info Junkie: Growth watcher
MarySue Barrett, 43, is president of the non-profit, pro-growth Metropolitan Planning Council and tracks planning and development issues, politics and intrigue. Where she looks: Rich Miller's www.thecapitolfaxblog.com for "who's angry at whom, the substance and…
The long ride
Meeting suburban mass transit needs means a fundamental change in the way it is provided, transportation officials said. Decades ago it was enough to connect the suburbs- where people lived- with downtown Chicago- where many suburbanites worked. But employers are…
Eat your green
I never was big on peas, or lima beans for that matter. I still don't like 'em — does anyone really like lima beans? — but eventually the adults in the family got across the idea that fruits and veggies are part of what it takes to be healthy. So is there anyone in Illinois …
Deal clears way for 12 Oaks development
The residents of the 12 Oaks at Woodfield finally have some answers, but a recently forged contract for the Rolling Meadows property is likely to leave plenty more questions in its wake. After months of uncertainty, a very preliminary contract was signed between Centex Corp. and Mike…

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