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[29 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

From the Tribune
Letters in support of Dennis Hastert

Forty-one of the 60 letters submitted in support of Dennis Hastert in advance of his sentencing on hush money charges were released on April 22, 2016.
Jean Hastert p. 2
Joshua Hastert p. 4
Ethan Hastert p. 7
Dale Hastert p. 11
Chris Hastert p. 14
Dale Anderson p. 16
Gregory Busch p. 19
Mike Chapman p. 21
James Coulas p. 23
Tom Delay p. 25
Theodore DeRousse Jr. p. 27
Therese DesCoteaux p. 29
John DeWolfe p. 32
John Doolittle p. 34
David Dreier p. 37
Thomas Ewing p. 39
Tyrone Fahner p. 41
David From p. 43
Gary Goines p. …

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[5 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

In his unsuccessful 2014 bid for re-election, then-Gov. Pat Quinn vowed that sweeping changes had cleaned up an unwieldy anti-violence program, but new findings show that widespread problems persisted for two years longer than previously known.

The findings emerged in a “confidential draft” the Tribune obtained of a new, highly critical audit — nearing release — that focuses on a high-profile issue in the last gubernatorial election.
According to the draft, the state auditor general’s office found that bread-and-butter grant protocol was abandoned, leading to sketchy oversight riddled with missing documentation, questionable …

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[4 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

Afer enduring 15 years of shrinking convention attendance and persistent budget difficulties, the government agency that owns Chicago’s sprawling McCormick Place convention center is trying to outgrow its problems through a $650 million expansion.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, known as McPier, is betting that the project now under construction — a second hotel and an arena to showcase DePaul University’s basketball team — will draw more conventions, attract sports fans and transform a barren section of Chicago into a vibrant entertainment district. City and McPier officials predict the expansion …

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[29 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

It is clear that politicians in Springfield don’t care about the students at Chicago State University.
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan are derailing the dreams of 4,800 young people, the majority of them African-Americans, by blocking their college education.

With no historically black colleges and universities in Illinois, Chicago State is the closest we have to an HBCU. Chicagoans can’t afford to stand by and allow it to be shut down.
Across the country, state colleges and universities with majority black enrollments are regularly under siege. Whenever there’s …

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[20 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

Thornton Township spent $46,000 on a September fact-finding trip to South Carolina, where officials campaigned for a southern church to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and spoke to community members about peace in the wake of a church shooting there, records and interviews show.

The $46,120 expense includes hotel lodging for 15 south suburban delegates, air travel, bus service and restaurant outings, records released by the township show. Taxpayers also picked up the tab for alcohol at dinner, including wine and whiskey, and paid honorariums to three reverends, records show.
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[11 Feb 2016 | No Comment | ]

I want to thank Rudy Giuliani. As supremely unenlightened as I may be about pop culture, hearing the former New York mayor’s cranky critique of Beyonce‘s Super Bowl halftime show makes me feel almost hip.
“I think it was outrageous,” he said, venting full You-Kids-Get-Off-My-Lawn geezer rage Monday on Fox News. “The halftime show, I thought, was ridiculous anyway. I don’t know what the heck it was. A bunch of people bouncing around and all strange things. It was terrible.”

For the record, the “bunch of people bouncing around” consisted of pop …

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[22 Dec 2015 | No Comment | ]

Wilmette police are investigating an incident in which a candidate in the 9th District Congressional primary is alleging someone forged her signature on a petition objecting to one of her Republican primary opponents.

Joan Lasonde, of the 600 block of Central Avenue in Wilmette, will face Susanne Atanus and David Earl Williams III in the GOP primary for the U.S. House seat currently held by Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky.
Lasonde recently filed a report with police alleging the forgery shortly after getting a letter from the Illinois State Board of Elections, telling …

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[5 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

“Something doesn’t seem right,” said Igbinosa Oronsaye, whose mother was married to Gildersleeve. “… He didn’t deserve to get shot multiple times. You just took a brother, you just took a father from a lot of people. Somebody’s got to answer for that.”

Oronsaye chuckled as he recalled his stepfather’s jokes and love of playing cards. He said his family is devastated at what happened.
“I’m the strong one in the family and I was crying this morning. So how do you think they feel?” Oronsaye said. “Now my heart feels like …

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[13 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Emanuel and his aides have maintained that the mayor’s office had nothing to do with the contract to provide leadership training for principals that is at the center of a federal bribery indictment against ex-schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the consulting firm where she once worked.

When asked in April if his administration had any role at all in the SUPES contract, Emanuel told reporters, “No, you obviously know that by all the information available. And so the answer to that is no.”
Yet the mayor’s office and schools officials have been …

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[9 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Barbara Byrd-Bennett had been the chief executive of Chicago Public Schools less than two months when the man who helped persuade the Emanuel administration to give her the job sent an email allegedly laying out the heart of a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme.

In the December 2012 email, Gary Solomon, the owner of SUPES Academy and a consultant with long ties to the Emanuel administration, assured Byrd-Bennett that trust accounts had been set up in the names of two of her young relatives, each funded with tens of thousands of dollars, federal …