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The city has unveiled a plan to boost taxi drivers income, but some say the benefits are unclear, since it includes no actual increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly a decade. | Sun-Times library

City plan bolsters cabdriver income — without raising fares

 
GOP Chair Timothy Schneider told the City Club of Chicago that Republicans are gaining traction in four congressional races. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

IL GOP Party Chair predicts 'great energy' for Republicans in Nov

GOP Chair Timothy Schneider predicted November would bear plentiful fruit for Illinois Republicans, from the governor’s race to state house seats to Capitol Hill.

Thomas Barrows of Chicago Ricksaw, shown last year getting ready to head out for a Chicago Bulls game at the United Center. | Sun-Times library

Pedicab licensing slowed by downtown ban, operators say

Chicago pedicab owners have warned that they would be forced out of business by the city’s draconian plan to cap them at 200, permanently ban them from Michigan Avenue and State Street and keep the

Rodent droppings at one school were among the issues some principals had to deal with after cutbacks in custodial staff led to unsanitary conditions at some schools. | Photo provided

Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems

The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public Schools buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and mai

The city has unveiled a plan to boost taxi drivers income, but some say the benefits are unclear, since it includes no actual increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly a decade. | Sun-Times library

City plan bolsters cabdriver income — without raising fares

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has found a way to put more money in the pockets of struggling Chicago cabdrivers. But some drivers are upset that the package of changes does not include an increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly 10 years.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners in July. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour minimum wage

Four weeks ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel signed an executive order requiring city contractors and subcontractors to increase the “living wage” paid to their employees by nearly 9 percent — from $11.93 to $13 an hour. Now, Emanuel is pressuring all local government agencies under his control — CTA, CHA, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, City Colleges and Public Building Commission — to follow his lead.

Fewer Aramark custodians in CPS schools losing their jobs Tuesday

Aramark, the private service company now in charge of managing all the custodians in Chicago Public Schools, has decreased the number of janitors who were going to lose their jobs on Tuesday. SEIU Local 1 warned members that 468 custodians were going to lose their jobs on Sept. 30, but 178 with top seniority will stay on, the affected members learned Monday in a robocall from union president Tom Balanoff.

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks at a ceremony launching Chicago Carriage Cab Co. in 2003. | File photo originally downloaded from the firm's website.

Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits. We received yet another reminder of that Monday with the indictment of a Chicago cab operator Alexsandr Igolnikov.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs an executive order earlier this month requiring city contractors to pay a $13 minimum wage. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Single moms need a minimum wage hike

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that even as the national poverty rate declines, it remains more than two points higher than before the start of the Great Recession. But it gets worse. The report also found that children under the age of 6 whose mothers are single live in poverty at more than five times the rate for children whose parents are married. If there was ever a time to raise the minimum wage, it is now.

 
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