Illinois lawmakers want to make it easier for marginalized college students to qualify for financial aid. Supporters of the Retain Illinois Students and Equity (RISE) Act argue it would help more than 3,000 African American, undocumented and transgender students receive state and institutional dollars.
The Chicago City Council has approved taxpayer subsidies for two massive and controversial real estate developments.
Aldermen voted 31 to 14 in favor of tax increment financing (TIF) for The 78, an apartments and commercial space project planned between the South Loop and Chinatown. A short time later, they voted 32 to 13 for a TIF for Lincoln Yards, another mixed-use development along the Chicago River on the city’s North Side...
The City Council’s Zoning Committee on Thursday forged full-speed ahead with plans to build a new $95 million police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park — over the strenuous objections of both mayoral candidates, whose hands would be tied by the vote.
Low-wage workers across Illinois will ring in 2020 with a $1-per-hour raise after Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed a bill that sets the state’s minimum wage on a path to reach $15 per hour by 2025.