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[13 Jul 2016 | One Comment | ]

Schakowsky recalled her long friendship with Blagojevich, serving with him in the state Legislature from 1992 to 1996 and then later in Congress. “I found Rod to be a good man whose heart was in the right place — and despite his obvious mistakes — I still do.”

She praised him for “his many progressive policies” including death penalty reform, health care for children, education funding “and, yes, ethics reform.”
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[30 Jun 2016 | No Comment | ]

A suburban woman slapped a Chicago firefighter when he wouldn’t let her ride a Divvy bike past a reversing a fire truck, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The 56-year-old fireman had stopped traffic near Wells and Van Buren streets about 4 p.m. Monday to accommodate a fire truck that was backing into the Chicago Fire Department station at 419 S. Wells St., court records show.

Maegan Kurtz, 26, approached the station on a Divvy bicycle and tried to continue cycling past the truck, which was flashing its lights, according to an arrest report.
The fireman …

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[6 May 2016 | No Comment | ]

It’s been less than a year since its heralded opening, but Northerly Island’s new park is already closed for repairs after high winds and crashing waves eroded parts of the bike path and scattered debris.
Opened to the public in September, the $9.5 million project turned the former home of Meigs Field into a sprawling natural habitat with a milelong bike path, man-made lagoon, native plantings and tons of wildlife.

Eight months after it opened, the area between the lagoon and walking path eroded, forcing the Chicago Park District to close it while repairs and a solution to the problem …

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[21 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

An employee of the City of Chicago’s Inspector General’s office, which investigates if city workers improperly live outside the city’s boundaries, resigned after being caught living in suburban Naperville.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson admitted in his quarterly report released Monday that one of his own employees had violated the city’s residency requirement by living in Naperville, which is more than 30 miles from Chicago.
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image Field training session at the City of Chicago Inspector General’s office.
 

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[8 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

Those who travel through the busy intersection of Lincoln Avenue, Fullerton Avenue and Halsted Street might have noticed the giant sign hanging over the McDonald’s that reads “Chicago Republican Party, Chris Cleveland, Chairman.”

The city recently issued the owner of the building at 2420 N. Lincoln Ave. a violation for putting up the sign without a permit, threatening to fine the group if it doesn’t follow city protocol, according to the complaint. The chairman of the Chicago Republican Party called the request “unconstitutional.

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[17 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The City Council Wednesday approved a plan to use $2 million in city funds to turn a long-vacant bank building at 4901 W. Irving Park Road into a Binny’s Beverage Depot and gym while saving a historic theater and creating space for nonprofit arts organizations.

 
The development also would include Wisconsin-based Culver’s, which plans to open a restaurant with a drive-thru window west of the former bank building where a tire shop used to operate at 4939 W. Irving Park Road.
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[10 Sep 2015 | No Comment | ]

Who says Illinois is broke?
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The total cost of the project was $1.6 million. Of that amount, $260,000 was raised by parents with the Field of Dreams committee, $750,000 came from an Illinois Green Infrastructure grant and $600,000 came from open-space impact fees, according to Ald. Michele Smith’s (43rd) office. None of the funds came from the Chicago Public Schools.

 
“The $600,000 in open-space impact fees we were able to secure represents excellent coordination between state and city officials and irreplaceable members of the community … good things happen when people work together,” Smith said …

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[21 Aug 2015 | No Comment | ]

A Chicago Police Board hearing shut down early after Black Lives Matter activists took control of the room, chanting and calling for the firing of Chicago Police Officer Dante Servin, who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012.

“What if it was your son or your daughter?” the brother of the slain woman, 22-year-old Rekia Boyd, asked the police board during the 7:30 p.m. hearing at police headquarters, 3510 S. Michigan Ave., Thursday night.
The activists, who represented the #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName movements that call for an end to police violence against people of …