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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.
That’s …

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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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[11 Jul 2016 | One Comment | ]

Two $100,000 contributions to St. Sabina were listed on the Lucas foundation’s 2014 federal tax returns, the most recent publicly available records on spending by the $1 billion group that’s based in San Rafael, California.

The woman who answered the phone Tuesday at the number on the foundation’s tax return said I’d reached the accountant’s office and she could only refer callers to a P.O. Box number.
Pfleger says Lucas has given his church more money since 2014. He wouldn’t say how much more.
“I’m never, ever going to give out information about anyone …

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[11 Apr 2016 | No Comment | ]

“It provides an entertainment option for tourists that every other major city has and allows Chicago to further compete for convention dollars,” Mitts told her colleagues.
“We’re just making Chicago a more world-class city. It’s been exploitive all the time, but people go there. It’s not like it’s not happening.”

Mitts said she’s simply trying to “clarify ambiguous language” that has triggered “two decades of litigation that cost the city millions.” The archaic language has inadvertently made those adult entertainment clubs more difficult to police, she said.
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[30 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

A federal judge Tuesday allowed a $40 million lawsuit to proceed against Northwestern University, a former journalism professor and a private detective who are accused of conspiring to frame a man with a double murder.

Alstory Simon spent about 15 years behind bars for the slayings of Jerry Hillard and Marilyn Green. But Simon’s conviction was reversed in 2014 after Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez conducted an investigation that concluded he was railroaded.
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[15 Oct 2015 | No Comment | ]

Federal agents went to the home of Cook County Circuit Court (sic: Clerk) Dorothy Brown last week and seized her cell phone, a source has confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The visit seemed to indicate that an ongoing probe of Brown’s husband, Benton Cook III, has now expanded to include Brown herself.
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