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  • Emanuel seeks to borrow $900 million

    Emanuel seeks to borrow $900 million
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration is making preparations to issue up to $900 million in bonds this year to lower some of its borrowing costs, push other debt off into the future at an overall higher cost, cover legal settlements and pay for...
  • Quinn taps Paul Vallas for 2014 running mate

    Quinn taps Paul Vallas for 2014 running mate
    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has named former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate for next year's election. Vallas, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2002 against Rod Blagojevich, fills...
  • Slow snow dig-out across city

    Slow snow dig-out across city
    Many Chicagoans left their homes Wednesday to return to work and school after a weekend of heavy snow and two days of bitter cold to be greeted with the inconveniences of snow-packed side streets, uncleared alleys and ice-covered sidewalks. Such...
  • Mayor seeks to borrow up to $900 million more

    Mayor seeks to borrow  up to $900 million more
    In a move that will add to the city's mountain of debt, Mayor Rahm Emanuel won support Monday from the City Council's Finance Committee to issue up to $900 million in bonds backed by property taxes. It's the largest request put forth during Emanuel's...
  • 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...
  • Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit

    Ex-gang member 'Gator' Bradley asks aldermen for gun permit
    Pardoned former gang member Wallace “Gator” Bradley told aldermen today he wants the right to own a handgun, even though he once had felony convictions on his record. Bradley, who in recent decades has set up shop as a self-professed “...
  • 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...
  • City Council says no small digital signs for nine months

    City Council says no small digital signs for nine months
    It will be some time before any more small digital signs that critics consider a visual blight will pop up in Chicago neighborhoods after the City Council on Wednesday approved a nine-month halt on the LED displays. The moratorium, which will expire...
  • School closings disappoint many aldermen

    School closings disappoint many aldermen
    After the Chicago School Board meeting Wednesday, many of the aldermen who argued unsuccessfully to keep schools in their wards open said they were disappointed with the process. Ald. Deborah Graham, 29th, said she went to testify at the school board...
  • Indicted former lawmaker on way to winning state House race

    Indicted former lawmaker on way to winning state House race
    Indicted former state Rep. Derrick Smith was on his way Tuesday to writing a new chapter in Illinois political notoriety by regaining his House seat just months after being impeached and expelled over his federal bribery arrest. Smith declared victory in...
  • Aldermen react to teachers strike

    Aldermen react to teachers strike
    Chicago aldermen are sharing their opinions on Wednesday onĀ the teachers' strike. The council members are doing their best to avoid taking sides, but are hoping the two parties are putting theĀ interest of the kids first. “I think that if everybody...
  • Primary over, Democrats move to oust lawmaker charged with bribery

    Primary over, Democrats move to oust lawmaker charged with bribery
    Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges. The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with...