* National Urban League conference may boost Olympic hopes
* Chicago’s Olympic bid going for the green
The program will demonstrate a “commitment to climate action,” said bid leader Patrick Ryan, who announced the initiative. “We know, for example, that Tokyo is going to be emphasizing the environment very significantly, but we don’t think they will have any more commitment to it than we do.”
* Buyers question value of Wrigley
* Tribune Co. puts tower on the block
* Daley friend buys controversial Bubbly Creek property
* Chicago budget director may owe more for office shower
* What’s the recipe for good teaching?
During the five-year period of the study, teachers at schools with the state’s highest poverty levels made the greatest gains in academic capital, narrowing by 27 percent the gap between Chicago and the east central region of the state, where the educators with the highest academic index teach.
The gains were largely a result of hiring inexperienced teachers with stronger academic backgrounds, the study found.
* What is your superintendent driving?
* Gettysburg Address going back on display in Springfield
* Central Illinois regional airports on list of industry ‘losers’
The gloomy forecast is in a report released Wednesday by the Business Travel Coalition of the 100 regional airports nationwide most likely to lose some or all service as a result of industry turmoil.
All the central Illinois regional airports made the list.
* Reaching Out To Veterans
State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-33d) of Park Ridge attended. His bill helped fund the program.
Physicians at Wednesday’s press conference explained that new state of the art equipment recently brought online at the hospital is helping doctors tell the difference between PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.
* High-tech testing for war vets with post-traumatic stress disorder
* Chairman McKenna on City Desk Part I
* Chairman McKenna on City Desk Part II
* State probing local hiring practices
The attorney general’s Civil Rights Bureau has informed Joliet officials that it has received a complaint alleging discrimination in the hiring of patrol officers and firefighters. City officials said they do not know the origin of the complaint, and an attorney general spokeswoman could not be reached Thursday for comment.
* State looks to ease worker transitions with new site
* Double-duty Davis
There were questions about the legality of the dual roles. According to Illinois law, “No member of the board shall have any interest in any brokerage fee, commission or other profit or gain arising out of any investment made by the board.”
* Bernard Schoenburg: Governor just not much for contact with state workers
* Saturday rally planned against railway takeover
U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean, a Barrington Democrat, opposes the sale but said she won’t be able to attend Sunday’s rally.
“But I look forward to meeting with (Darch) further as we continue to work together to stop this transaction,” Bean said.
* Dan Seals’ Roll Call Carpetbagger Debut On Video
* Obama says he avoided city, state corruption
* Obama campaigns in Chicago
* Meet the make-believe strategists of TV