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June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

How are Rep. Smith and Gov. Blagojevich alike? They both have to do hard time ...

Rod Blagojevich is sitting in federal prison now, serving a 14 year sentence, not for trying to sell President Obama's old U. S. Senate Seat, but for being “too stupid,” to accept President Obama's legal offer to buy it for his friend, Valerie Jarrett ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

From the archives: Blago's lawyer: Rod 'ain't corrupt'

We went digging through our archives today, and it turns out four years ago, the corruption trial against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich just was beginning. Not much has changed here in Chicago: The corruption trial against state Rep. Derrick Smith ended ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Find the money and fix the roof

His predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, also chose to live in Chicago during his 6-year term. Maybe if the governor's mansion had full-time occupants, they would have noticed the developing leak in the roof that has caused so much trouble. A story that broke ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

`Tossup' governor's race in Illinois getting national scutiny

Rod Blagojevich (D) in mid-term. Even though the Land of Lincoln is deep blue, Quinn is deeply vulnerable for many reasons, including recent allegations that an anti-violence initiative he started in 2010 is being investigated for possibly being a ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Derrick Smith's name will go down in history books — and stay there

The list of convicted politicians usually starts with Ald. Fred Hubbard, 2nd, in 1973, an arbitrary starting point that usually designates the modern era of Chicago corruption. ... I went over the names Tuesday to refresh my recollection, the walk down ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

What Rahm really should ask Hillary

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets a chance to interview likely presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton tomorrow as part of her book tour and the city's Ideas Week. I doubt that even this mayor will ask what he probably most would like to know: How about putting a ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Ensuring patronage stays dead this time could take some effort

Nor did the election to the mayoralty of Richard M. Daley, the eldest son of the deceased boss, indicate a resurrection of the machine in a new guise. As the younger Daley readily acknowledged, radically different demographics and the attendant ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn visits Troy family to sign 'cupcake bill'

Of all the kitchens in all of Troy in all of Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn walked into Chloe Stirling's to sign the “cupcake bill.” “It's the right thing to do, for our kids and our families,” Quinn said Tuesday, speaking from the kitchen of the Stirling ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Politics and pensions in Illinois: Gov. Pat Quinn increases the game

Quinn's signature of a pension bill for the city of Chicago, on Monday gave both his campaign and Chicagoans two things: no increase in property taxes, and a boost to his gubernatorial campaign by using an increase in the telephone tax, that he called, ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Catfish stocking latest sign of Chicago River's comeback

Kathleen Meany, president of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago's board of commissioners, said water quality will continue to improve once the $21 million construction of the Calumet and O'Brien water reclamation plants is ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Hanover Park sees potential in youth sports complex

But since taking over the site in 2012 -- Hanover Park inked a 39-year lease with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District -- the village hasn't invested in a major project there. Officials envision new lighting, landscaping and fencing, among other ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Opportunities to explore Chicago parks this summer

The North Face and Chicago Park District offer the opportunity to learn to camp in an urban setting, under the stars, with the Chicago skyline as the backdrop. The Chicago Park District's expert team teaches camping basics and offers guided nature ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Transit Authority Readying Sales Tax Sale

The Chicago Transit Authority has received a first time rating from Kroll Bond Rating Agency of AA on its upcoming sale of nearly $600 million of sales tax backed revenue bonds to fund capital projects.

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Obama library: Bidders settle on sites

Both sites would take advantage of the proposed Red Line extension, a massive undertaking by the Chicago Transit Authority to extend the line south to 130th Street. There is currently no money available to build the extension, and the environmental ...

June 11, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Appeals court upholds $36 million judgment against water district

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago failed to persuade the Illinois Appellate Court to take its side in a long-running dispute with the developer of the Ritz-Carlton Residences, putting Cook County taxpayers on the hook for ...

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