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[16 May 2019 | 2 Comments | ]

Donald Trump has granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, the disgraced former owner of the Chicago Sun-Times who last year wrote a flattering political biography of the president, his longtime friend.

The Canadian-born Black, along with his business partner F. David Radler, was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for diverting proceeds from newspaper sales into his own pockets when the money should have gone to investors of Hollinger International Inc., his media empire that included the Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London.
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[10 May 2019 | No Comment | ]

The president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center — herself a survivor of Nazi Germany — is blasting South Side pastor Michael Pfleger for allowing Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak at his church Thursday.

“Totally shame on you,” Fritzie Fritzshall said in an interview.
“I don’t understand Father Pfleger because I’ve always thought he was one for peace,” Fritzshall told the Chicago Sun-Times. “What he’s doing today and what he’s doing with Farrakhan is giving him a platform for hatred — hatred he has spoken about for …

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[30 Apr 2019 | No Comment | ]

On Monday, Emanuel made his fifth and final round of grants under the Robin Hood program he created to get sorely-needed capital to small businesses and create jobs in inner-city neighborhoods with stubbornly-high rates of unemployment.

The final results are impressive, whether or not Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot decides to keep the program or change the rules.
Nearly 200 local businesses and neighborhood organizations have now shared $47 million in grants.
That includes the latest class of 84 businesses dividing $11 million in small grants ($250,000 or less) and 10 more dividing $14 million …

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[29 Nov 2018 | No Comment | ]

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[26 Sep 2018 | No Comment | ]

Top 5 Obama Foundation salaries
The filing lists the group’s highest paid officers and their compensation:

$862,055 for Executive Director Robbin Cohen. That includes a $300,000 bonus in 2017. She was not paid by the foundation in 2014, its first year. Her base salary is $662,055.
$614,636 for CEO David Simas
$378,519 for Chief Digital Officer Glenn Brown
$292,044 for Civic Engagement Vice President Michael Strautmanis
$256,903 for Chief Development (fundraising) Officer Jordan Kaplan

The payroll has grown from $173,214 in 2014 to $8.8 million in 2017, according to the 990. The foundation has offices in Chicago, …

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[28 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

DISCLOSURE NOTE: Some unions have ownership stakes in Sun-Times Media, including the Chicago Federation of Labor; Operating Engineers Local 150; SEIU Healthcare Illinois-Indiana and SEIU Local 1.

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[9 Jun 2018 | No Comment | ]

The aim of the law was simple: Repeat gun offenders in Illinois would face tougher sentences.
But a Chicago Sun-Times review of sentences in Cook County since that new law took effect in January has found that no one is actually being hit with those stiffer sentences.

There hasn’t been a single case in Cook County in which a judge has meted out those extended sentences that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Supt. Eddie Johnson pushed for and that they and sponsor Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, said would happen under the law.
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[23 Feb 2018 | No Comment | ]

(H)alf of the gun defendants in late 2017 were either released on electronic monitoring or on “I” bonds that don’t require them to put up any money, the sheriff’s study showed.

On Thursday, Dart sent a letter to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and other county officials calling those findings “alarming.” He pledged to boost the supervision of gun defendants being released into the community on electronic monitoring.
“This needs to get fixed quick,” Dart said in an interview.
He said he will reach out to the judiciary to seek a solution.
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[25 Apr 2017 | One Comment | ]

The $30,000 fee Northeastern Illinois University was going to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was just the latest in a series of big fees the financially troubled state school has paid to snag prominent graduation speakers, records show.

Despite its money troubles — a Wall Street credit agency just dropped Northeastern deeper into “junk-bond” status — the state university has handed out five-figure fees to each of the speakers at its May commencement events the past four years.

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[11 Apr 2017 | One Comment | ]

Three class days were cancelled to cut costs during the budget impasse, and union leaders are planning a rally to protest the school’s financial straits — but Northeastern Illinois University was planning to pay former White House adviser Valerie Jarrett $30,000 to speak at its commencement ceremony.

Those plans changed after a few university trustees objected — and the Sun-Times began asking questions. Northeastern said late Monday that a donor came forward to pay the five-figure speaking fee.
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