Chicago Current archives

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Blagojevich brother: I was a 'pawn' to get then-governor

Rod Blagojevich, then a congressional candidate, watches election returns with his wife, Patti, and brother, Robert, at his home. Robert Blagojevich offers fresh details in a new book to back his contention prosecutors used him as a pawn to get his ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Excerpts of Robert Blagojevich's book

FILE - In this July 27, 2010 file photo Robert Blagojevich, brother of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, arrives at the Federal Court building in Chicago, for closing arguments in his federal corruption trial. Robert Blagojevich the brother of the ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Book: Blagojevich refused to see brother at prison

CHICAGO (AP) _ Rod Blagojevich's brother, Robert, says in a new book his relationship with his sibling has been so strained that the ex-governor even refused to see him when he traveled to Colorado to visit him in prison. Prosecutors tried the ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

CTA Damen 'L' Station Reopens, 'It's Beautiful,' Uber-Using Commuter Says

Among the officials welcoming commuters back on Monday were CTA President Forrest Claypool. “I'm pleased to report that in just one year's time, we've completed major track work that is shaving as much as 10 minutes off of Blue Line commutes and have ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Chicago's red light cameras don't deliver on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's promises

Chicago has the nation's largest network of red light cameras, generating $500 million since 2002. But the city hasn't commissioned a similar study of its own to judge the system's effectiveness. Instead, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has relied ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Bernard Stone Dead at 87, Alderman Represented 50th Ward for 38 Years

Ald. Edward Burke (14th) said in a written statement Monday Stone was "an outspoken, forthright advocate for the people of his ward, and he embodied a deep sense of sincerity for his mission of public service." "If you were his friend, you were his ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Sneed: Remembering Chicago Ald. Bernard Stone

7. Berny's most treasured memory: “Meeting former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, who was battling breast cancer. She had just resigned from office and had just stepped down from the podium after addressing the Chicago City Council — when she ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Officer's wife files suit for APD audio tapes

Quoting the Illinois FOI law, the complaint that Maag filed says: “All public records in the possession or custody of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection and copying, and exemptions are to be narrowly construed. In fact, the public body ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

The Quinn Stocking-Stuffers

Illinois voters booted Governor Pat Quinn in November, but America's worst Governor isn't leaving without handing one more windfall to his pals in the plaintiffs bar. Last week he signed a pair of bills passed by the Democratic lame-duck legislature to ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Union, mayoral candidate call for CPS board member's resignation

A mayoral contender and the Chicago Teachers Union called Monday for the resignation of Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo. They cited a Chicago Sun-Times analysis that showed companies Quazzo has an interest in have seen their ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

School board member should step down

Equally troubling, CPS' chief executive officer, Barbara Byrd-Bennett, and another school board member, Mahalia Hines, have been among the speakers — all expenses paid — at an annual education investment conference Quazzo co-sponsors in Arizona.

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Race shaping up for Orland library

Christian Barcelona, an engineer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, said he was partly inspired to run for the library board because of the Internet policy dispute. He said he was disappointed by the way trustees ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Court upholds ruling for state's Delta salmon

The court decsion affects some of the state's biggest water agencies, including Southern California's Metropolitan Water District, which had challenged the 2009 federal decision. A lower court had invalidated part of the National Marine ... "Now that ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Endia Martin's killing latest focal point in debate over juvenile justice

Earlier this month, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who has made criminal justice reform a major goal of her administration, called for an end to the state law requiring that juveniles age 15 or 16 who face serious charges be ...

December 23, 2014 @ 6:00 AM

Opinion: Investment Plans for City Pensions Likely to Get Riskier Under ...

Summers, formerly chief of staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, comes to the job after a long history in the private sector, most notably as a senior vice president with Grosvenor Capital Management, one of the city's biggest ...

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