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Some towns, such as Oak Lawn, already have staffing requirements built into their contracts with firefighters. Some suburban officials are worried that pending legislation could make their fire department staffing decisions subject to arbitration. | Sun-Times Media

Some suburban officials are alarmed by fire staffing legislation

If lunch gets taxed, why not stock trades?

A Republican article of faith is that the rich must be allowed to earn, earn, earn with as little interference as possible, and by doing so we all somehow benefit — I guess by being hired to clean their pools.

They insist that even if they are asked to do a little bit more, they’ll just huff off to some tax haven in St. Kitts. And we tend to buy that. 

Attorney Michael Shakman talks to reporters in March 2007 in Chicago after a federal judge approved a preliminary settlement between the city of Chicago and plaintiffs who alleged the city violated a court-ordered ban on hiring based on political clout. M. Spencer Green/AP file photo

Shakman lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Gov. Quinn

A Chicago attorney asked a federal judge on Tuesday to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an "embedded culture of patronage practices" in Illinois government and anyone who improperly got a job should be fired. Michael Shakman — known for bringing the decades-old court case that led to bans on politically based hiring in Chicago and Cook County — filed his motion in U.S. District Court in Chicago as part of that ongoing lawsuit.

Sen. Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others talk to reporters the morning after the primary elections at Billy Goat's in Chicago on March 19, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

Quinn might be looking better to Rahm right about now

Maybe this will finally convince Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he’s better off with fellow Democrat Pat Quinn as governor. Emanuel’s loyalties in the governor’s race have been the subject of much speculation given his contentious relationship with Quinn and personal friendship with Republican Bruce Rauner, who helped the mayor get rich during his brief stint in private business. 

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, R-Western Springs, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno, R-Lemont, meet with the Sun-Times editorial board Tuesday. They criticized a proposal to give $100 million in state funds to a proposed library for President Barack Obama. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Republicans rip Madigan over state funding for Obama library

Two top Illinois Republican legislators say Democrats want to give $100 million in state money to an Obama presidential library in part because they know Republicans will oppose that funding. Democrats, they say, are just using the museum as a wedge issue with African-American voters. 

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Skokie man sues over denial of concealed carry permit

John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois State Police denied his application on that date. Berron claims the state violated his right to due process in denying his concealed carry application without allowing him to present his case to the licensing board.

Some towns, such as Oak Lawn, already have staffing requirements built into their contracts with firefighters. Some suburban officials are worried that pending legislation could make their fire department staffing decisions subject to arbitration. | Sun-Times Media

Some suburban officials are alarmed by fire staffing legislation

Municipal leaders are sounding the alarm over legislation they say could take decisions regarding fire department staffing levels out of their hands.

Pat Quinn is just $53 million shy of earning as much in one year as his November rival Bruce Rauner. | Sun-Times file photo

Taxes: Gov. Quinn made $53.2 million less than rival in 2012

Gov. Pat Quinn has publicly released his 2013 income taxes, which show he was paid $161,962 last year. To put it another way: He earned about $53.2 million less than his GOP rival Bruce Rauner did in 2012.

Illinois state Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields | Sun-Times file photo

Transit shake-up not on fast track, key lawmaker says

Legislative efforts to dramatically shake up how the Chicago area’s transit agencies are organized probably won’t become a reality until next year, the chairman of the House Mass Transit Committee

Truckers line up as close as they can in the packed parking lot at the Hampshire Travel Center off of Interstate 90 in 2001. (Photo by Marianne Mather)

New 'truck stops' take advantage of law

Everyone knows what a truck stop is, right? Not necessarily, if you are talking legal loopholes and a chance to make some money.

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