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June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Former Quinn aide subpoenaed to testify on so-called 'slush fund'

It's just as political saying we don't want to get all the answers. We're not gonna sweep this under the rug. This is almost Blagojevich-esque.” So now we have the name of the imprisoned former Governor Rod Blagojevich being tossed around in this scandal.

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

On cars, Adlai and Bruce

Rod Blagojevich ran a very good campaign in 2002, no question about it. Ugh….if you define running a good campaign as illegally promising donors contracts and appointments in exchange for huge donations then yes he ran a darned good campaign.

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Jackson joins legislative watchdog panel with oversight of document-shredding ...

“I think he should be impeached,” said Jackson of LePage in February. “The governor thinks he should be the next [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker, but he should be thinking about being the next [impeached and jailed Illinois Gov.] Rod Blagojevich.” Walker ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Law Enforcement Takes Advantage Of Hazy Lines Between Public, Private Life

Rod Blagojevich's general counsel approved the covert purchase of a Stingray unit for the Illinois State Police. More than $240,000 in federal Homeland Security funds were used in the unit's acquisition. Another $12,800 was spent to train four special ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

George Lucas Museum details expected from Mayor Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is expected to share more details about the city's plan for the project. Lucas is the visionary behind the "Stars Wars" and "Indiana Jones" franchises and has revolutionized the way stories are told on the big screen. The Windy City ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ald. Edward Burke To Have Surgery For Prostate Cancer

CHICAGO (CBS) – Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the longest-serving and most influential member of the Chicago City Council, confirmed Tuesday he is undergoing surgery for prostate cancer this week. WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Could Anchorage wind up attracting a lot of those tourists Rahm Emanuel wants?

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's relentless push to make the city a mecca for tourists still has a long way to go. That was made apparent yet again in a new list of the the world's best places to visit, according to U.S. News & World Report, which over ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ald. Burke says he'll have prostate cancer surgery Thursday

Burke, who's married to Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, ran unsuccessfully against Richard M. Daley for Cook County state's attorney in 1980. Many predicted friction with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, especially after the new mayor in 2011 pared down ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Ald. Burke expects full recovery after prostate cancer surgery

With faith in God and trust in my doctors, I'm confident of full recovery. After a period of recuperation, I expect to be able ... Burke and Daley were lifelong rivals who managed to tolerate each other without threatening each other's power base ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Condos, businesses brace for 10 percent hike in dumpster fee

Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) was livid for the same reasons she opposed the dumpster fee when then-Mayor Richard M. Daley imposed it five years ago. Financially-strapped condominium associations already struggling to meet an array of costly city mandates ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Illinois Appeals Court Backs Chicago Parking Meter Lease

Back in 2008, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley came up with the idea of giving Morgan Stanley the right to operate the city's 36,000 parking meters, set much higher rates and keep all the revenue for 75 years in return for a one-time payment of $1.2 billion ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Park Grill co-owner hit with another lawsuit

... Chicago Defender newspaper's landmarked former headquarters at 2400 S. Michigan Ave. after selling the property to a local developer. The Park Grill case, in which former Mayor Richard M. Daley is expected to testify, is scheduled to resume next month.

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Stem-cell advances may quell ethics debate

“I'm not one who says we can just turn our backs on embryonic stem cells. … I don't know what will prove most effective in the clinic,” Daley said. “We're going to see a whole bunch of things from iPS cells, and I bet we'll see some from embryonic ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Council votes to cooperate with Attorney General's investigation of CARE funds

Aldermen voted Monday to cooperate with the Illinois Attorney General's investigation into funds raised by the Community Animal Rescue Effort while it was operating out of the Evanston Animal Shelter. Although the city terminated its relationship with ...

June 25, 2014 @ 7:03 AM

Pat Quinn's 'Reforms'

Some pollsters must have told Democrat Pat Quinn that taxpayers like to hear the word "reform" because the Illinois governor has used it to describe practically any non-trivial piece of legislation that's passed his desk. Just consider the Medicaid ...

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