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April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

O'Hare And Midway Promote Healthy Minds And Bodies

Experts agree that there are lots of healthy food choices at O'Hare and Midway International Airports. See what they recommend inside the pages of the new Healthy Eating: Tips and Tidbits guide. The guide highlights healthy choices, including ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

River Park Boathouse Construction Gets Underway

Work on the facility is expected to be completed in October, according to Chicago Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner. A $1 million grant from the Environmental Protection Agency kickstarted the boathouse project, announced by Mayor Rahm ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Skokie proposes new regulations for gun ranges

Not only industrial uses are located in the M-3 district, although the zoning was established for such use. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's plant at Howard Street and McCormick Boulevard is located in an M-3 zone, but so, too, is the ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago Transit Authority using cameras and lawsuits to fight vandalism

The Chicago Transit Authority is stepping up its battle against vandalism. The city's public transportation system said Tuesday it has expanded its network of security cameras at train stations and on train cars. And most importantly, it is using the ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Advocates argue need for change in affordable housing

“Having affordable housing as your primary strategy in and of itself does not make neighborhoods stronger,” said Susana Vasquez, executive director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation Chicago. Speakers addressing a crowd of some-500 attendees at ...

April 23, 2014 @ 7:01 AM

Chicago program to put poor people into subsidized luxury apartments ...

NPR's Chicago affiliate WBEZ has publicized the situation, but of course the thrust of the story is victimology – a black would be tenant who has been turned down from luxury apartment buildings and has filed a complaint with the Chicago Housing Authority.

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Property-tax collections rising at fastest pace since US crash

Local governments remain hesitant to hire after cutting jobs from mid-2008 through March 2013, according to the U.S. Labor Department. Since then, local governments, which employ about 14 million people, have added 57,000 workers. "Property values are ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Eggleston chosen as White House counsel

Rod Blagojevich. While Emanuel, who served as Obama's chief of staff, testified in the case, he was never charged with any crime. Blagojevich was found guilty of corruption in 2011 on charges he tried to trade Obama's U.S. Senate seat in 2008 for ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Obama picks veteran lawyer Eggleston as White House counsel

Eggleston represented Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the corruption investigation into former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. While Emanuel, who served as Obama's chief of staff, testified in the case he was never charged with any crime.

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Obama Names White House Counsel

During the 2008-9 presidential transition, for example, he represented Mr. Obama's first chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, when Mr. Emanuel spoke to investigators looking into whether Rod Blagojevich, the governor of Illinois at the time, had tried to sell ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

CTA plans to expand Red Line to 130th Street.

In a $1.7 billion project, what CTA President Forrest Claypool described in a CTA press release as “outdated infrastructure” will be replaced with “modern, efficient rail.” Most Red and Purple Line tracks are nearly 100 years old, and a significant ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Former Cook sheriff, judge Richard Elrod dies

“If ever there is a book titled 'Chicago Profiles in Courage,' Dick Elrod will be at the top of the list,” said Ald. Ed Burke, 14th. “For him to have achieved 80 years of age with that kind of health challenge is really remarkable.” Richard Elrod was ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Ride-Sharing Crackdown Backed by Cabbies, Who Move to Unionize

While Ald. Edward Burke (14th) and Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the Transportation Committee, have sponsored a resolution calling for ride-sharing services to be treated the same as taxi companies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has submitted an ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Mayor decries weekend violence: 'It's whether you have values'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today decried the weekend violence that left at least nine people dead and at least 36 wounded in Chicago, calling for adults around the city to instill the right values in their children and to stand up for the safety of their ...

April 22, 2014 @ 7:02 AM

Emanuel defends taxpayer-funded travel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel today wouldn't say why he spent taxpayer money on out-of-town trips in which he mixed city business with politics, but defended the travel expenses as legitimate. The Tribune reported Friday that the mayor flew around the country at ...

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