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One cabdriver study says Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the taxicab industry has snatched $7,531 a year out of the average cabdriver’s pocket, dropping annual income to $20,234 or just $5.40 an hour. On Thursday, City Hall produced its own study, which paints a somewhat rosier picture: $12.14 an hour and $33,857 a year after expenses. | Getty Images file photo

City study paints rosier picture of cabdriver wages

Analysis: What if Illinois raised the minimum wage?

The advisory referendum that Illinois Democrats have placed on the November ballot to raise the state minimum wage to $10 per hour is non-binding. Republicans have called the measure “meaningless.” However, if the state legislature were to actually take up—and pass—a bill raising wages to $10 per hour, it would springboard Illinois to the top of state minimum wages.

Off Message: Debating Debates

Natasha Korecki is joined by Pat Brady, Neil Steinberg and Kate Grossman to discuss the politics of debates and how the upcoming elections may or may not be affected by them.

 

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner discusses issues separately from his opponent, Governor Pat Quinn at the Metropolitan Planning Commission's Annual Luncheon, moderated by WBBM Newsradio 780's Craig Dellimore. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Rauner doubles-down on TV ads

Bruce Rauner's campaign just doubled its near future TV ad buy, sources tell Early & Often. The camp on Thursday doubled its new flight for the period of Aug. 28 through Sept. 8.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner discusses issues separately from his opponent, Gov. Pat Quinn at the Metropolitan Planning Commission's Annual Luncheon, moderated by WBBM Newsradio 780's Craig Dellimore. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Quinn and Rauner lob debate-style grenades — from a distance

They weren’t side by side, but in a span of an afternoon, Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner graced the same stage and traded debate-style barbs, with Quinn comparing Rauner to King Midas, and Rauner charging Quinn with presiding over a corrupt administration. 

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Rauner 'appalled,' 'outraged' by gun-bearing petition challenger

Bruce Rauner for the first time personally responded to reports in the Chicago Sun-Times that private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot. (VIDEO) 

Ex-Cook county worker charged with fraud in flood grant program

Barry Croall, 45, a former Cook County employee, swindled at least $330,000 from a federal flood grants program he was paid to manage, prosecutors say. The $10.3 million federal grant was meant to help residents affected by 2008’s severe floods. But working as a program manager in the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Croall arranged between 2010 and 2011 for three contractors to overbill for their services, prosecutors say.

J.B. Pritzker, billionaire technology venture capitalist and chairman of ChicagoNEXT, a committee designed to create jobs and boost investment in technology, at a news conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Outgoing Quinn aide quits job with Pritzker — before he starts

He’s the wandering chief of staff without a staff. Sean O’Shea is Gov. Pat Quinn’s deputy chief of staff, but he resigned Tuesday amid allegations that dozens of workers had been clouted into positions at the Illinois Department of Transportation — an agency O’Shea was charged with overseeing. And now comes news that O’Shea had a new job lined up as chief of staff to billionaire venture capitalist J.B. Pritzker, but walked away from that position this week as the IDOT hiring scandal heated up.

A Palestinian man walks past a fire in a street set by a home owner in an effort to keep mosquitoes away from their shattered homes in Shejaiya on Wednesday. Shejaiya was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel during 50 days of fighting. AFP FILE PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

Build on Gaza ceasefire

The war between Israel and Gaza may have ended but Israelis, Palestinians and the international community should not be satisfied with a ceasefire and a return to “business as usual.”

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

A person adds a banner to the memorial for police violence victim Eric Garner, during a rally against police violence last week in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (File Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Heavy young men get labeled for the worse

Devonte Washington, in his second year at Kennedy-King College on the South Side, hauls a backpack when he goes to school. It looks like an itty-bitty thing against his imposing 6-foot-2-inch, heavy frame, and it is useful for more than carrying books. It alters his image. “Nobody bothers me when I have my book bag,” Washington, who is black, said.