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  • City parents can take part in a "mini-shopping spree" for new playground equipment

    City parents can take part in a "mini-shopping spree" for new playground equipment
    So long, sandboxes. Monkey bars? They can keep hanging around — if they’re the twisty, turny, modern kind. In the next several months, Chicago residents will be invited to choose from the latest in playground equipment as the city...
  • Indoor swimming pools

    Indoor swimming pools
    Arctic Splash Indoor Aquatic Center The Wheeling Park District’s winter-themed splash park only looks chilly: A zero-depth leisure pool, toddler slide, interactive water play structures and mini lazy river will keep little polar bears coming...
  • It's their Chicago, too

    It's their Chicago, too
    Read the newspapers and you can conclude that Chicago's children are, as a group, vulnerable waifs in need of rescue. And many are: Horrific sagas of child abuse deaths, pint-sized shooting victims and astonishing parental neglect intensify the impression...
  • Soldier Field expansion plan runs into unanswered questions

    Soldier Field expansion plan runs into unanswered questions
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s idea of expanding Soldier Field was met with questions Wednesday about how the city would pay for added seats and whether it’s a prudent move given the city’s shaky finances. The administration’s stadium...
  • Emanuel looking at Soldier Field expansion

    Emanuel looking at Soldier Field expansion
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the very preliminary stages of looking at a 5,000-seat expansion of Soldier Field. The mayor's office and Chicago Park District, which owns the stadium, are exploring the possibility as Chicago mulls a Super Bowl bid. "It's an...
  • Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child

    Chicago pension tab: $18,596 for every man, woman, child
    The much-discussed government worker pension debt in Chicago now has a price tag: $18,596 for every man, woman and child living in the city. That per-person figure is the highest among the nation’s 25 largest cities. It’s nearly double that...
  • Downers Grove seeks state grant for Lincoln Center repairs

    Downers Grove seeks state grant for Lincoln Center repairs
    Downers Grove Park District leaders plan to apply for a state grant that they would use to make major repairs to its downtown community center. Officials said they will seek $1 million from the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant...
  • Debts to Chicago by its workers balloon

    Debts to Chicago by its workers balloon
    When Mayor Rahm Emanuel put together his first budget in 2011, he sent a not-so-subtle message to city workers who owed City Hall for parking tickets, water bills and other fees and fines: Pay up or you could be suspended or fired. "I am creating a...
  • Actors' Equity names new Central region head

    Actors' Equity names new Central region head
    The Actors' Equity union has a new leader for its Chicago office, which covers the middle third of America. Sean Taylor, a former assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois and an attorney for the Chicago Park District, is the Central regional...
  • Joined at the quip

    Joined at the quip
    The year is 1955. At a Friday night dance in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, 14-year-old Art ("Sandy" to his friends) Frisch summoned the courage to ask 15-year-old Lois Statt to dance. What followed was six years of group dates with their...
  • Chicago Park District to increase property taxes

    Chicago Park District to increase property taxes
    The Chicago Park District plans to raise property taxes as part of a 2014 budget that would add swimming classes, summer Night Out in the Park events and sports programs, the agency announced late Friday. Parks Superintendent Michael Kelly is...
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows

     Mayor Rahm Emanuel's finance guru Lois Scott hires bond firms she knows
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel was on hand when an organization of female business executives paid tribute last year to his financial guru, Lois Scott, for her pioneering role in helping cash-strapped governments solve their problems. Many in the room shared an...