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Patrick J. O'Connor

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  • Some aldermen want hearings on fixing or dumping Taste of Chicago

    Some aldermen want hearings on fixing or dumping Taste of Chicago
    A group of aldermen today called for hearings on whether Taste of Chicago should be restructured or even eliminated in the face of years of financial losses. Ald. Robert Fioretti, a sponsor of the non-binding resolution, suggested Taste may have run...
  • Emanuel calls for tougher penalties for gun crimes near schools

    Emanuel calls for tougher penalties for gun crimes near schools
    Facing criticism from parents worried about their children traveling through dangerous neighborhoods to new schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel staked out a get-tough stance Wednesday proposing stiffer penalties for gun crimes near schools. Whether the threat...
  • $1.5 billion a year cost to fix pensions?

    $1.5 billion a year cost to fix pensions?
    Absent significant pension system reforms, it would cost the city an extra $1.5 billion a year beginning in 2016 to start the process of restoring financial health to its pension funds, aldermen were warned Monday. If those costs kicked in, services...
  • Teachers union to vote to end strike Sunday afternoon

    Teachers union to vote to end strike Sunday afternoon
    Thousands of teachers from Chicago and beyond rallied at a Near West Side park Saturday as lawyers labored into the night at a Loop office to turn a framework for a new contract into finer points that can become a deal. Parents can expect to wait until...
  • Ald. Jackson a no-show for Council budget vote

    Ald. Jackson a no-show for Council budget vote
    Amid questions concerning her Congressman husband's whereabouts, Alderman Sandi Jackson (7th Ward) says she is dealing with hard times by working for the residents of her ward -- yet she was not in attendance at today's City Council meeting. Jackson...
  • Griffin Theatre's plans for new home remain stranded

    Griffin Theatre's plans for new home remain stranded
    Some big new theaters cost tens of millions of dollars — even more than a decade ago, the new Goodman Theatre in the Loop cost $46 million. The new Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis cost in the region of $125 million in 2006. In Washington, D.C., the...
  • Emanuel calls for water fee hike, hiring more police, parking lot tax

    Emanuel calls for water fee hike, hiring more police, parking lot tax
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel today called for raising water fees to repair an aging system, hiring new police and putting in place a congestion tax on downtown parking. The new mayor delivered his first budget address to theChicago City Council and said change...
  • North Side cemetery could become nature preserve

    North Side cemetery could become nature preserve
    The Chicago City Council today moved a step closer to turning part of historic Rosehill Cemetery into a public nature preserve. The council's Housing Committee approved paying $7.7 million to buy about 21 acres at the northwest corner of the North Side...