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April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Berrios gets new term as county Democratic boss

But Mr. Berrios has managed to keep a good relationship with people who count, notably Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who nominated Mr. Berrios for a new term and praised the chairman for ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Slow Preckwinkle fundraising makes mayoral bid seem unlikely

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president's latest campaign financing report. The quarterly report filed Tuesday shows Preckwinkle with ...

April 17, 2014 @ 7:00 AM

Slow Preckwinkle fundraising boosts Emanuel's allies

The slow pace of fundraising by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced she does not plan to challenge him for mayor. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times. storyidforme: 65070527 tmspicid: 23279742

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CTA weighs two options for Red Line extension route

CTA President Forrest Claypool could not be reached for comment on Tuesday's briefing. Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said Tuesday that the CTA approached the railroad about the possibility of extending the Red Line about a year ago and “we ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CTA narrows possible routes for proposed CTA Red Line expansion

CTA President Forrest Claypool could not be reached for comment on Tuesday's briefing. Union Pacific “would be happy to talk” with the CTA about extending the Red Line, spokesman Mark Davis said Tuesday, but he noted CTA trains, powered by an ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Claypool hires former county manager IG wanted fired

For years, Forrest Claypool railed against "the friends and family hiring practices" of Cook County Board presidents John and Todd Stroger, accusing the father and son of running a county government that was rendered bloated, costly and ineffective by ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

You cannot not be in a gang in Chicago

The Chicago Justice Project, a nonprofit research organization, says “that as of 2010, the City of Chicago has more police officers per 100,000 residents than any of the top four largest cities in the country.” The study also notes, however, that ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

'Family Guy' visits Art Institute of Chicago

Peter is sent on a business trip to Chicago and – at the recommendation of two local business men, one of whom calls Chicago “one of the great cities of the world” – visits the Art Institute of Chicago. While at the museum, Peter opts for the audio ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

How to Brand "Like Mike"

Chicago's Bulls' Michael Jordan, left, and Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoy the NBA championship celebration at Chicago's Grant Park Tuesday, June 18, 1996, where thousands of fans gathered for a personal pledge of allegiance to their hometown heroes.

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Lawmaker kicks off new campaign for Chicago casino

But instead of being owned by the city as former Mayor Richard M. Daley used to insist, the casino license would be retained by the state, with the city and state splitting the proceeds 50/50. Mr. Rita's amendment also would let the state gaming board ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Aldermen searching everywhere for alternatives to property tax hike

In 2007, Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) proposed a London-style congestion fee to ease traffic jams, reduce air pollution and provide a bonanza of CTA funding, only to be shot down by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. At the time, Daley ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Announce $26 ...

CHICAGO--(ENEWSPF)--April 15, 2014. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and civic leaders announced today the creation of a new, $26 million loan pool that will make financing available to rehab and preserve groups of vacant, ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn, GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner announce ...

This March 19, 2014 file photo shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner speaking at a "march to victory" unity luncheon in Chicago. Rauner will face incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn in the Nov. general election. Quinn's state budget address this ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Fight to Halt Walter Gresham School Turnaround Gets Boost from Rainbow PUSH

Dr. Brown has been asking for resources that the Chicago Board of Education has starved her from," Jonathan Jackson told the 50 people, including 20 students, who braved the cold Tuesday for a rally and march. "Disrupting our children's relationship ...

April 16, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

West Side school fights 'turnaround' proposal

No to CPS: An elementary schoolteacher stood in solidarity with faculty members of Dvorak Technology Academy April 9, at Chicago Board of Education headquarters on South Clark Street. Supporters of the embattled North Lawndale school want no part of ...

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