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September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

New details of federal probe of former US Sen. Roland Burris

Prosecutors Barry Jonas and Georgia Alexakis said most of the documents handed to Turner's lawyers Thursday relate to the federal probe of Burris's controversial appointment by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the U.S. Senate in 2008, which was already ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ex-Sen. Roland Burris accused of shakedown in court documents

Rod Blagojevich to the U.S. Senate in 2008, which was already "in the public domain." But they also acknowledged that there is also new information about a second probe of Burris, which they described as "sensitive." Details of the new allegations ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Former Sen. Roland Burris, appointed by Rod Blagojevich, becomes issue at ...

CHICAGO — An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to a U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lawmaker: Management makeover at Lincoln museum still needed

That's a problem,” Franks said, referring to the foundation's past chairwoman, Julie Cellini, and her husband, who was imprisoned for taking part in a fundraising shakedown designed to benefit Rod Blagojevich. The pair is included in wall paintings ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Felons may catch a break with Rahm Emanuel's 'ban the box' proposal

As a teen, Ald. Walter Burnett (27th) went to prison for armed robbery. He eventually got a pardon and became the first felon elected to the City Council. He's backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed “ban the box” ordinance that would bar firms with ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Pat Quinn & Harold Washington: What's the Real Story?

Coming to Quinn's defense, sort of, was Alderman Ed Burke who was quoted that year as saying, “How many times do I have to repeat that if you believe the Washington administration is in favor of reform, you believe there ain't a steer in Texas?” Quinn ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Lisa Madigan, Candidate for Illinois Attorney General

As Attorney General, I have an exceptional record of standing up, speaking out and fearlessly fighting for all the people of Illinois. I have achieved unprecedented recoveries, including more than $10 billion in state revenue. I am a national leader in ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Watch: The ad that criticizes Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn that we are fact ...

Republican Bruce Rauner launched an ad in September 2014 which claims Gov. Quinn is part of a group of state politicians linked to questionable spending and ethics. The ad, called “100 years,” alleges a connection between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn to a ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Michael Frerichs, Candidate for Illinois Treasurer

As State Treasurer I will work to bring together public sector unions, interest groups and members of the general assembly to negotiate a better, constitutional pension reform bill that protects retirement security for our public employees, while ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

The campaign to keep Karen Lewis out of the mayoral race

Out of nowhere nearly two weeks ago, Democrats for Education Reform, a pro-charter schools organization backing Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election, issued a news release demanding that Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis step down from ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Set fire temporarily halts flights at O'Hare, Midway airports in Chicago

All flights out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Midway International Airport were temporarily halted Friday morning because of a fire at a Federal Aviation Administration traffic control center in Aurora. A man was found with self ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

FBI: Suspect sent Facebook message: 'I am about to take out' FAA facility

(CNN) -- The man accused of setting a fire in an air traffic control center, causing the shutdown of operations at Chicago O'Hare International and nearby Midway Airport, sent a private Facebook message to a relative just before he started the blaze ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Flights resume on “reduced rate” at Chicago O'Hare & Midway Airports

(CNN) — Flights resumed Friday afternoon on a “reduced rate” at Chicago O'Hare International and nearby Midway Airport after a fire in an air traffic control center shut down operations, authorities said. The air traffic control center in Aurora ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

CPS says it won't reduce funding based on enrollment

For the second year, Chicago Public Schools says it will not take back any of its money from schools where student projections came up short following a count on the 10th day of school. Federal money for poor children and state funding still will ...


September 27, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Prescription drug take-back program wraps Saturday

The final Take-Back Day will be Saturday and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District will accept medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three facilities: the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant in Cicero; O'Brien Water Reclamation Plant in Skokie and ...


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