More than 300 Chicago government employees receive layoff notices before Thanksgiving

CHICAGO (UPI) — More than 300 government employees in Chicago learned they would lose their jobs just two days before Thanksgiving, due to budget cuts. Cook County commissioners voted unanimously for a $5.2 billion budget that required 321 public employees be cut, the Chicago Tribune reported. The lay-offs are expected to begin next month. County More...

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By Associated Press On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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Airline defendants to pay $95 million settlement for security lapses leading to 9/11 terror attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Insurers for American Airlines, United Airlines and other aviation defendants have agreed to pay $95 million to settle claims that security lapses led planes to be hijacked in the Sept. 11 More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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BERG: Small businesses are the lifeblood of Illinois, but they’re treated like dirt

(Illinois News Network) — Nov. 25 marks the arrival of Small Business Saturday across the nation. And Illinoisans have a lot to appreciate. For all the talk of big-box dominance, mom and pop shops are the More...

By Illinois News Network On Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
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McCALEB: Reasons to be thankful in tax-and-spend Illinois

(Illinois News Network) — Many Illinoisans will be hard-pressed this week to find something to be thankful for with regard to a state government that is taxing and spending its way to insolvency. The General More...

By Guest Poster On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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MARTIRE: A historical lesson on tax cuts

To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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FCC chair seeks to scrap open Internet access rules

MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission set out Tuesday to scrap rules around open internet access, a move that would allow giant cable and telecom companies to throttle More...

By Associated Press On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Hulu faces lawsuit over lack of audio track for the blind

BOSTON (AP) — Advocacy groups have sued Hulu in an effort to force the subscription streaming service to provide an audio track that helps people who are blind and visually impaired enjoy TV shows and movies. The More...

By Jake Leonard On Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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State fire marshal offers Thanksgiving safety tips

CHICAGO (Heartland Newsfeed) – This Thanksgiving, the Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) urges Illinoisans to be mindful when preparing Thanksgiving dinner. According to the National Fire Protection Association More...

By Jake Leonard On Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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Netflix: what’s coming and going in December

LOS GATOS, Calif. (Heartland Newsfeed) — Netflix announced in their news release Tuesday that some big-screen films such as 8 Mile, Full Metal Jacket and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 will be coming on the More...

By Associated Press On Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
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PBS severs ties with Charlie Rose following firing from CBS

NEW YORK (AP) — PBS has ended its partnership with Charlie Rose, host of its long-running interview show, after several women accused him of sexual misconduct. The 75-year-old Rose has interviewed newsmakers More...

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