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Method to open manufacturing facility in Pullman

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and representatives of Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration joined officials from Method on Tuesday to announce the development of a flagship manufacturing facility on Chicago’s South Side.

Method, a maker of soaps, detergents and home cleaning products, plans to open its first U.S. manufacturing facility near E. 111th St. and S. Doty Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood, according to a mayoral press release. The company expects to create about 100 new manufacturing jobs in Chicago and will seek LEED certification for the building.

Public meetings to flesh out sprawling MWRD stormwater legislation

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will hold four public meetings over a two-week span to solicit feedback on the agency’s 159-page Cook County Watershed Management Ordinance, legislation that has been six years in the making.

City Colleges’ ambitious Adult Education plan

City Colleges of Chicago announced at the end of last month that more of its students are passing the General Education Development test and that a greater number of Chicago area residents are enrolling in classes to prepare for the GED.

State House committee expresses concern about former Metra CEO’s severance package

Thursday’s House committee meeting about the separation package given to former Metra CEO Alex Clifford was nothing like the quiet, sedate affair conducted by the RTA board the day before.

Members of the Illinois House of Representatives mass transportation committee made their displeasure with the severance agreement apparent from the start of the meeting and grilled Metra’s lawyer and board chairman about it. Clifford received a severance package that could be worth $718,000 after he resigned in June when it was apparent that he would not receive a new contract.

Illinois wind farms to provide more electricity to consumers

Illinois wind farms will provide five percent of the electricity supplied through Chicago’s municipal aggregation program with Integrys Energy Services, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

In a mayoral press release, Emanuel said his administration negotiated with energy suppliers to come up with the deal, which doubles the amount of wind energy the city’s residents and businesses received through ComEd.

Pension committee chairman says no pension bill by July 9

The chairman of the legislative conference committee that is working to develop legislation to solve Illinois’s public pension crisis said Wednesday that it is not possible to come up with a responsible bill by the July 9 deadline set by Gov. Pat Quinn.

At the committee’s second public meeting Wednesday morning, state Sen. Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) said actuaries will not be able to score the conference committee’s ultimate proposal by the deadline.

“There is no way to get them done by July 9,” Raoul stated at the start of the meeting.

LSC members organize against proposed 2013-14 CPS school budgets

A coalition representing approximately 30 Chicago Public Schools Local School Councils met on Tuesday morning at Blaine Elementary School to voice their displeasure with proposed 2013-14 CPS school budgets, which they say will result in major personnel cuts.

Daley calls for campaign cash ban when state legislature is in session

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill Daley proposed on Monday a total ban on campaign contributions for statewide races while the Illinois General Assembly is in session.

“Raising money while the legislature is in session raises a very bad and wrong message,” Daley said at a press conference in Chicago, adding that the practice is partially responsible for “a crisis of confidence” that Illinois government currently faces. 

Lang pitches proposal in first pension reform committee hearing

The first meeting of the General Assembly conference committee established to develop a pension reform bill lasted four-and-a-half hours on Thursday and attracted an overflow crowd to a large committee room at the Michael Bilandic building in downtown Chicago.

Axelrod talks new U of C institute, U.S. Supreme Court rulings

David Axelrod, former top strategist for President Barack Obama, spoke at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Thursday on topics ranging from his new role as director of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics to this week’s U.S. Supreme Court decisions.