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‘Smart cities’ could be next big wireless upgrade – if cities would cooperate

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Economy, Federal government, Georgia, Illinois, Jobs + Growth, News, Regulations, Technology  /  No Comments

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Smartphones. Smart TVs. Smart watches. And, if the next wave of technological innovation is to be believed, smart cities. That is the premise behind the next wave of wireless deployment. The new technology — “small cells” — would supplement and supplant the giant cell towers that the current network is mostly carried on. But outdated […]

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Illinois revenue bill taxes most everything AND STRIP CLUBS

By   /  January 25, 2017  /  Budget and Spending, Illinois, News, State Budgets, State Government, Taxes, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Apparently even a repealed tax can never truly die in tax-and-spend Illinois.

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Scholarship program addresses Indiana teacher shortage

By   /  December 7, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education’s Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is taking aim at the state’s teacher shortage.

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Nanny State of the Week: Chicago tries again with plastic bag tax

By   /  November 28, 2016  /  Energy and Environment, Illinois, Nanny State of the Week, News, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

Part 105 of 116 in the series Nanny State of the Week Some of the biggest cities in the United States have taken it upon themselves to wage a war on plastic bags under the guise of environmentalism. But, as many have continued to discover, plastic bags are not the scourge they imagine, and their […]

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Almost 1 in 4 Illinois teachers missing more than two weeks of school

By   /  November 7, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

Reflecting national numbers, a new report found that 23.5 percent of public school teachers in Illinois are absent more than 10 days in the school year. “This is a concern of the district, and this is something we will be addressing,” said interim Cook County Superintendent Griff Powell. “Teachers with students is a sacred time and […]

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Chicago teachers postpone contract vote

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Education Blog, Illinois  /  No Comments

The Chicago Teachers Union has postponed a vote on a contract proposal by a week, citing a ballot printing delay. A tentative agreement was reached Oct. 10 on the eve of a threatened strike, and CTU members must now vote on whether they will accept the deal. The vote was originally scheduled for Thursday and […]

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