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December 21, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Letter: Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

You probably remember Judy riding in our Fourth of July parade when she was running for governor against Rod Blagojevich. She always asked, “What can I do for you?” She even came to McHenry County for my re-election as state representative fundraiser ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Rahm Emanuel's Son Assaulted, Robbed Near Family Home

Chicago police are investigating a brazen crime near Mayor Emanuel's Ravenswood home. The mayor's 17-year old son, Zach, was assaulted during a robbery late Saturday night when two suspects reportedly went through his pockets before stealing his ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's son robbed

(CNN) -- The 17-year-old son of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of an assault and robbery, a spokeswoman for the mayor told CNN on Saturday. "Yesterday evening, Mayor Emanuel's son Zach was assaulted in a robbery during which his ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

The Life of Patrick Ryan: Act II, Scene 2

Ryan launched Ryan Specialty shortly after Chicago failed to land the 2016 Summer Olympics, an effort he managed at the request of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. A 72-year-old founder of a startup, Ryan wasted no time, luring more than 100 producers from ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Can Garcia's run for mayor fire up independents?

Elected in 1992 as the first Mexican-American state senator in Illinois, Garcia led efforts to block a $400 million, mixed-use expansion of the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1997, which was supported by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Garcia feared it ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

College of DuPage lies to Illinois Attorney General -

The law firm of Robbins-Schwartz submitted a nine page response to my Open Meetings Act complaint to the Attorney General in reference to the College of DuPage's September 25, 2014 board meeting. In this response dated October 29, the College, thru ...

December 21, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Colorado River deal bolsters dwindling Lake Mead

Southern California's Metropolitan Water District is discussing with two big irrigation districts in the region the possibility of paying them to step up water conservation and efficiency programs in which the districts are already participating. The ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

McDonald's Is Charged With Punishing Workers

The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that its general counsel had brought 78 charges against McDonald's and some of its franchise operators, accusing them of violating federal labor law in response to workers' protests for higher ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Obama's Golfing Buddy a Key Figure in Illinois Corruption Case

Rod Blagojevich. Whitaker's chief of staff, Quinshaunta Golden, was charged for her role in doling out many of the grants and pleaded guilty in the case. Springfield-based U.S. Attorney James Lewis told the Chicago Tribune the investigation that led to ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Continues Getting Cash From Firms Managing ...

Last week, Emanuel raked in more than a half-million dollars in campaign cash in a single day. Among the contributions were $100,000 from top executives at Madison Dearborn Partners and another $50,000 from John Buck, the principal of the John Buck ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Chicago City Council must end standoff over inspector general

Anonymous complaints are an important and valid tool for investigative authorities everywhere, but Chicago aldermen are terrified of them. Why? Aldermen insist that political enemies or disgruntled constituents will feel free to plant false charges if ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

City of Chicago selling vacant lots for $1

Dee is about to buy a vacant lot on the South Side block where she lives as part of the city's large lot program. If there's a vacant piece of city-owned residential property on a block where you already own, you're good on taxes, no fines or liens ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Duly Noted: NLRB accuses McDonald's of violating employees' labor rights (Video)

The move is colored by the still-controversial decision under former Mayor Richard M. Daley to privatize Chicago's parking meters in a deal that's widely considered a terrible deal for the city. -- Chicago Sun-Times. On a certain level, I don't want to ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

'Hope Filled Breakfast' Picks Up Where Humboldt Park Violence Left Off

The event will mentor and feed youth this Saturday, days after a man was fatally shot on the same block. It's yet another initiative to curb violence and food insecurity at the Richard M. Daley Library, like the free "Lunch Bus," which stops each day ...

December 20, 2014 @ 6:01 AM

Madigan says T-Mobile settlement shields consumers

The Illinois attorney general's office says anyone who thinks he or she was among T-Mobile customers wrongly charged for cellphone text services can file a claim for a refund. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced Friday that T-Mobile US will pay ...

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