Monday, June 9, 2008

News link blog

I'm going to try this again and I'll be sure to do this in the evenings if this would continue. Perhaps some of you have some headlines worth sharing.

The Broken Heart of Roger's Park
Ald. Jackson's Freshman Year: Frenetically Finding the Bathroom

Crain's Chicago Business
Daley’s Olympic appeal to biz: Help sell Chicago
Mayor Richard M. Daley urged Chicago business people Monday to promote the city “with everyone they know around the world” to help secure the bid for the 2016 Olympics.

“Call everyone you know, personal or business, around the world to promote Chicago,” the mayor urged more than 1,000 people attending the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s annual breakfast meeting.

Tight economy takes bite out of Illinois tourism
Chicago’s tourist volume was flat in 2007 at 32.8 million, following a 13.4% increase from 2005 to 2006. But a nearly 9% increase in business travelers last year pushed up the city’s overall traveler volume 2.2% over 2006, to 45.1 million people.

Officials blame the city’s static tourist volume to a weakening U.S. economy and higher costs for fuel and other expenses that soaked up discretionary dollars.

Clinton could bring Obama trouble: polls
The intense dislike for Clinton suggests that besides support from women and others she could bring to the ticket, she might make it harder for Obama to win over some independents, a pivotal swing group in the November election against Republican John McCain. It also means she might push some Republicans and conservatives to vote against the Democrats — or donate money to the GOP — who might otherwise lack motivation to do so because of tepid feelings toward McCain.
Chicago police issue more than 100 warnings on first day of crosswalk scofflaw program

Video: Cleaning up the CTA

'Beauty shop' gives extreme makeovers to CTA trains

Illinois hosts record number of tourists

Chicago had more than 45,000,000 visitors in 2007.

This past Memorial Day weekend also attracted big tourism. "With rising gas prices travelers are recognizing that our city is a great value. Just look at Memorial Day Weekend. Chicago was the number one destination in the country for the second year in a row according to Hotwire dot com," said Dorothy Coyle, Director of the Chicago Office of Tourism.

Budget Battle Threatens State Employee Paychecks
As Political Editor Mike Flannery reports, the General Assembly approved a state budget ten days ago that calls for spending at least $2 billion more than it raises in revenue. Governor Blagojevich is hinting veto, but he can't do that until the House and Senate send him the official, "enrolled and embossed" copies of the legislation. Sources say the State Senate may delay until the last possible moment on June 30th, because Senate President Emil Jones is trying to talk the governor out of a veto.

One reason for this is it could cost legislators a $4,700 pay raise.
State Talks To Buy Wrigley Field Hit Tax Snag

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