* Senate Republican leader frustrated by lack of action
* CTA dramatizes ‘crisis’ in store without funding
* John Hilkevitch: Hidden cost of CTA cuts
The cash-strapped CTA would be forced to spend thousands retesting laid-off employees who are eventually reinstated if “doomsday” service cuts set for Sunday and Jan. 6 are implemented as a result of funding shortfalls.
The retesting costs could be a maximum of $92 per employee, depending on whether the CTA manages the testing in-house or hires an outside firm, said CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney. About 2,400 CTA employees have been sent layoff notices.
CTA officials have said more than $2 million has been spent on contingency planning for service reductions and fare increases Sunday.
* Opinion: What will you be getting for the CTA’s planned fare hike?
* One week and counting for CTA doomsday
* CTA Tattler: Funding outlook before deadline is bleak and bleaker
* Editorial: Amid Springfield follies, Metra faces cuts, fare hikes
* No bids for wireless plan at interstate rest stop
* Editorial: The chief and free speech
* Kiyoshi Martinez: Chief Illiniwek comes back for Homecoming
* Editorial: Spotlight on pay to play politics
* Dan Walker: Ryan conviction should be spur to halt pay to play
* Editorial: taxpayers should welcome the tool to ‘follow the money’
* Carol Marin: Local heroes keep fighting the good fight
* Without save, ex-Gov Ryan to prison on Nov. 7th
* Editorial: Ryan needs to start doing his time
* Attorney seeks more freedom for ex-Governor Ryan
* Tribune Editorial: Forcing silence on schools
* Atheist’s teen daughter fights moment of silence law
* Editorial: Moment of silence, frivolous bill or welcome break?
* Illinois preschool program still in its early stage
“Nothing is more important to parents than their children,” Blagojevich said in a written statement when he unveiled Preschool for All. “And nothing is more important to a child’s future than getting a good education. And that’s where preschool comes in.”
Not everyone agreed with the governor.
In a column published in The State Journal-Register in March 2006, Collin Hitt of the Illinois Policy Institute cited the claims of some researchers that “early formal education is ineffectual.”
“Whether a student attends public or private preschool, whether she enters kindergarten with skills superior to her classmates, she likely will lose that edge by the end of kindergarten,” wrote Hitt. “And it is all but guaranteed that that child’s prekindergarten education will have been a nonfactor by the time she exits elementary school.”
* Sun-Times Editorial: Hey Hoosiers, keep it clean
But even under wider public scrutiny after the BP controversy, U.S. Steel Gary Works hopes to cash in a new proposed wastewater permit that likely would increase the levels of chromium and other toxic chemicals it is permitted to discharge into the Grand Calumet River — which flows into Lake Michigan.
Once again, the Illinois contingent, including Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama and Representatives Rahm Emanuel and Jan Schakowsky, is shouting no. And this time, so is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
* State EPA sues over toxic chemicals in North Chicago
* Think illegals are more likely to be involved in crime? Think again.
* UIS’ Government Accountability and a Free Press project to start
* RedEye to expand circulation to suburbs
* Steve Huntley: Aldermen don’t need names of accused officers to examine citizen complaints