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In Illinois, high-speed rail seen as economic engine

CHICAGO, Ill. - In an effort to boost local and statewide economic development Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said they are committed to improving passenger and freight rail operations in Illinois. Their initiatives include high-speed rail and making Illinois an inland port and transportation hub for the Midwest.

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Chicago rally calls for full citizenship, equality and jobs

Religious, civil rights, and labor leaders and activists packed an historic African American church here to rally for immigration reform and jobs for all.

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U.S. grants temporary protected status to Haitians here

Responding to calls by unions, members of Congress and others, Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano said Haitian undocumented immigrants would be given temporary protected status for 18 months. But others who try to come without papers would be deported.

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Teacher leader calls for new evaluation system

The head of the American Federation of Teachers has called for revamping teacher evaluation, including defining teacher competence and providing mentoring and support.

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All hands on deck for Mass. Senate race, say Dems

Democrats are saying "all hands on deck" to get out the vote to elect Martha Coakley to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat.

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20,000 march to protest anti-immigrant sheriff

PHOENIX - United Farm Workers leader Dolores Huerta and singer Linda Ronstadt were among more than 20,000 people who marched to protest "out-of-control" Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

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Obama demands banks give “every dime back” to taxpayers

With Wall Street executives raking in windfall profits while the rest of the country staggered through a banker-caused recession, President Obama pledged to impose a tax on major financial firms to recoup bailout money.

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U.S. Communist Party challenges anti-Cuba lawsuit

The plaintiff in a lawsuit against Cuba is claiming the right to question the U.S. Communist Party on its relationship to the Communist Party of Cuba and an extensive list of Cuban institutions and personalities.

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After 23 years in jail, alleged torture victim is freed

CHICAGO, Ill. - After living behind bars for more than 23 years for a crime he did not commit, Michael Tillman was finally freed Jan. 14 here.

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Celebrating 90 years of the CPUSA: A kid in a candy store

The Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA) is currently celebrating its ninetieth anniversary. September 2009 through September 2010 marks a year-long commemoration of nine decades of struggle for socialism, equality, democracy and peace.

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