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  • Chicago Forward: marriage equality in Illinois

    Chicago Forward: marriage equality in Illinois
    Thirteen states now allow same-sex marriage. Illinois isn’t one of them.  Though the Illinois Senate passed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act in February,  the bill’s sponsors haven’t come up with the votes to pass it in the House.
  • CTA boss wavers on Ventra at hearing

    CTA boss wavers on Ventra at hearing
    CTA President Forrest Claypool on Monday appeared to alternate between playing the roles of an impartial party as well as a pitchman for the new Ventra transit card's controversial prepaid debit-account program. Claypool told state officials at a public...

    RTA calls Metra chairman to explain CEO severance

    RTA calls Metra chairman to explain CEO severance
    The Regional Transportation Authority will have the first shot next week at breaking the secrecy concerning Metra's decision to grant its departed CEO a controversial $740,000 severance deal. As oversight agency for the three area transit agencies,...

    Legislators to hold hearing on $740,000 Metra severance deal

    Legislators to hold hearing on $740,000 Metra severance deal
    State lawmakers who are demanding that Metra officials explain a $740,000 severance deal for the agency's former CEO and the secrecy cloaking the reasons for his departure have scheduled a hearing on the matter for next week. "Given Metra's already poor...

    Madigan accused of Metra patronage push

    A state legislative hearing investigating the severance package for Metra's ousted CEO yielded new details about the controversial deal Thursday, including the revelation that powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan had asked the agency to give one of...