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Dick Durbin: Top House GOP Leader Told Obama 'I Cannot Even Stand To Look At You'

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    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) alleged this weekend that a top House Republican leader told President Barack Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you" during negotiations over the government shutdown.

    Durbin made the charge in a Facebook post Sunday.

    "Many Republicans searching for something to say in defense of the disastrous

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Labor Boosts Legislative Allies in Looming Illinois Pension Fight

    Everybody is working on Illinois pension reform.

    While the 10 lawmakers on the pension conference committee have been working to erect a sturdy pension reform bill during the summer, top organized labor unions have been working to reinforce their allies for any fight that might emerge during the legislature's veto session, starting this week.

    In the

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Ventra Courtesy Phone Calls The Latest Effort To Smooth Calamitous Rollout Of New Fare System

      VENTRA-DEADLIN

      While many commuters would like to to see Ventra run out of town on a rail, the Chicago Transit Authority's new fare payment service is determined to get on its customers' good side through a good old-fashioned phone call.

      The CTA announced Tuesday that Ventra plans to make "courtesy calls" to Chicago

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Remembering Willis Wagons -- 50 years later, civil rights challenges remain

      The nation has marked its I Have a Dream moment of history, but now the civil rights anniversary spotlight shines on Chicago, which saw one the largest civil rights demonstrations in its history exactly 50 years ago this week when a one-day boycott kept more than 200,000 students home from school. It was about something called Willis Wagons.

      Schools

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago