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[12 Mar 2014 | No Comment | ]

The Rev. Michael Pfleger and former state Sen. Alice Palmer were among those who appeared at a news conference at The Ark of St. Sabina in the Gresham neighborhood to support the now disbanded program that was assailed in a blistering audit last month and is now facing a steady drumbeat of negative headlines.

 
Palmer, who helped manage the project in the South Shore neighborhood, defended the hiring of two gang members through the program there — only to have one wind up accused of the other’s murder.
That scandal among others …

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[13 Dec 2013 | No Comment | ]

A key element of that, Rush and SBC said, would be the creation of the Bobby L. Rush Center for Community Technology.
Funded with a $1 million grant from telecommunications giant SBC and the promise of another $175,000 from Congress, the not-for-profit agency’s aim was to help revive the violence-plagued South Side neighborhood, Rush said.
“This tech center would level the playing field for economically disadvantaged students and the unemployed so that they may one day enter the field of high technology,” Rush said in an announcement posted on his congressional website. …

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[25 Nov 2013 | One Comment | ]

Despite being Chief of Staff to the President of the United States, who at that time was pushing for the Olympics to be held in Chicago, Rahm Emanuel Claims no role in enriching one of his donors
While the city paid $91 million for the property, it is likely that the city overpaid,” Emanuel’s staff says in an email. “This property was bought by the previous administration . . . Mayor Emanuel was serving as chief of staff to the president of the United States and had absolutely no role in …

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[4 Nov 2013 | One Comment | ]

It’s no longer a surprise to hear about double-dippers — public servants who’ve managed to carve out two government paychecks or pensions for themselves.

 
But state Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) and his brother John Rita Jr. could one-up that, each one day receiving three separate taxpayer-funded pensions, a total of six between them.
“Yes, it’s unusual,” Robert Rita says. “But it’s not like we’re doing this because of the pensions. I’m from a family that’s dedicated to public service.”

Read more at the Sun-Times

image Picture by G.A. Coffin entitled “Deputies Trying to Move …

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[29 Oct 2013 | 4 Comments | ]

Durbin also said he’s ready to move on from a flap over a Facebook post he made, where he wrote that in a “negotiation” meeting at the White House with Obama, “one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’” The White House has denied the comment was uttered.   “Two weeks ago, a staffer in the White House who was present at the meeting told me and several other senators exactly what I said,” Durbin said Monday. “Verbatim. Word for word. I …

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[21 Oct 2013 | One Comment | ]

From the Sun Times
Novack: How long were you mayor of Chicago?
Daley: Twenty-two years. I don’t know about the — maybe the hours. Maybe more than 22 years. Yeah, I don’t know what the hours were.
Novack: Were you ever asked in the 22 years that you were mayor whether the city should enter into a particular contract?
Daley: I don’t recall.
 

 
 
Image Frank Pentageli testifies during the Godfather II

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[9 Oct 2013 | 3 Comments | ]

Protesting the lack of House action on immigration reform by GOP leaders, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) were arrested Tuesday afternoon near the Capitol.

Schakowsky was taken into custody by the Capitol Police, her spokesman, Sabrina Singh told the Sun-Times.
“Rep. Schakowsky stood in solidarity with her colleagues and immigrant rights advocates to demand a House vote on comprehensive immigration reform. She participated in civil disobedience to urge Republican leadership to bring this critical bill for a vote,” Singh said.
Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times

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[2 Jul 2013 | One Comment | ]

Everyone, regardless of the mode of expression, has a constitutionally protected right to free speech. But when it comes to freedom of the press, I believe we must define a journalist and the constitutional and statutory protections those journalists should receive.

The media informs the public and holds government accountable. Journalists should have reasonable legal protections to do their important work. But not every blogger, tweeter or Facebook user is a “journalist.” While social media allows tens of millions of people to share information publicly, it does not entitle them to …

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[7 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

Support for the hot-button issue could drive away the more conservative faction of the party in a contested Republican primary. That faction already drove out its former GOP chair after he announced his support for gay marriage. Rauner said earlier this week that he’s toured the state and people were concerned about education, the economy and jobs.

“My view is irrelevant,” Rauner told the Sun-Times on Wednesday about his personal view on same sex marriage. “Why does that matter?”
During a press availability in Peoria on Thursday, a Sun-Times reporter asked Rauner …

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[3 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]

In the mid 1970s, Galluzzo was front and center when the Pilsen community called on owners of factories near Cermak and Ashland to shut their doors in order for Benito Juarez Community Academy to be built. But it wasn’t an easy fight.

Galluzzo and his organization, the Pilsen Neighborhood Community Council, forced a meeting with Mayor Richard J. Daley, but left angry after Daley told the crowd the decision was out of his control, in the hands of an eminent-domain judge and the Board of Education.
Days later, a judge walked into …