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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 …

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[2 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

What began as a modest number of tax breaks for a handful of companies has mushroomed into a billion-dollar giveaway rife with failure.

In the first comprehensive analysis of 783 EDGE agreements, the Chicago Tribune found that two of every three businesses that completed the incentive program failed to maintain the number of employees they agreed to retain or hire.
State officials can’t say how many jobs have been created through the job program; nor can they say how many jobs EDGE companies have eliminated. The Tribune, however, found that 79 current …

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[8 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

Shootings over the long holiday weekend left 8 dead and another 46 wounded across the city.
Another person was stabbed to death Monday morning, bringing the weekend’s homicide total to nine.

Nineteen of those shot were wounded between Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning, the most violent stretch of the weekend. Three people were shot to death and another nine wounded Saturday night and Sunday morning. Shootings from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning left six people wounded. Between late Monday morning and early Tuesday, another 17 people shot (two fatally) and a …

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[28 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Testing by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, the taxpayer-funded agency that handles Cook County’s sewage and stormwater, reveals high levels of bacteria from human waste at more than a dozen spots stretching through the North Side and downtown to the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Levels of disease-causing germs routinely exceed state standards for recreational waterways, the testing shows. Muck and debris flushed into the river during rainstorms leave it teeming with pathogens in staggeringly higher numbers, with levels frequently spiking tens of thousands of times above legal limits.
The water quality measurements — buried …

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[27 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

Former Chicago comptroller has been extradited from Pakistan to serve a 15-year prison sentence for a kickback scheme at the state treasurer’s office in Ohio, federal prosecutors say.
Forty-year-old Amer Ahmad, Ohio’s former deputy treasurer, was extradited Wednesday and a court hearing was set for Friday in the case, prosecutors said in a news release.

The Harvard-educated Ahmad, who worked for two Democratic treasurers in Ohio, then for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, pleaded guilty in 2013 to bribery and conspiracy charges before fleeing to Pakistan to avoid punishment.
He was arrested in Pakistan …

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[17 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

The daily fee to rent a Divvy bike will jump by more than 40 percent next week because of a deficit and escalating costs to run the expanding bicycle-sharing system, officials are set to announce Friday. The annual membership will remain at $75.

Starting Wednesday, the boost from $7 to $9.95 for a 24-hour pass is expected to generate an extra $400,000 during the remainder of 2015, or $800,000 on an annual basis, according to the city and Motivate. That Brooklyn-based company recently took over operation of the 2-year-old program for …

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[8 Jul 2015 | 2 Comments | ]

Political insider Antoin “Tony” Rezko was released from federal prison in downstate Pekin on Tuesday and
transferred to a halfway house in the Chicago area, authorities said.

Rezko was sentenced to 10 1/2 years for extorting millions of dollars from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval while he was a top fundraiser and adviser to then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
He was furloughed Tuesday morning, according to Ed Ross, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
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[3 Jul 2015 | No Comment | ]

(T)he government’s view of marriage as a legally binding contract already contradicts the Orthodox Christian understanding of marriage as a sacrament — blessing a union that already existed because it was created by God. And therein lies the problem, Reardon said.

“Government has no authority whatsoever to alter that,” Reardon said. “Whence a judge, magistrate or a justice of the peace does the ceremony, that’s just a legal act. As a priest I will no longer step in and serve in that function.”
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