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[22 Jun 2015 | One Comment | ]

When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years.
Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times and Better Government Association show.

Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved …

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[11 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

A Sun Times Op Ed tells us that, rather than the multitude of abuses and rackets at Chicago State, something else may be the cause of Chicago State’s woes
It is important to understand why Chicago State University is different from most universities, starting with the fact that CSU serves a non-traditional student population. Seventy percent of the students are female, 83 percent are black or Hispanic, the average age is 30 years old and nearly 60 percent of students come from homes below the federal poverty line.

When CSU students graduate …

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[29 Apr 2015 | No Comment | ]

Dan Walker, former governor of Illinois, died Wednesday at age 92 at his home in Chula Vista, Calif., according to his son, Dan Walker Jr.

Walker, a Democrat, was elected in 1972. He was a Montgomery Ward executive who had burst into prominence in 1971 with his epic 1,197 mile walk across the state, from Kentucky to the Wisconsin border. He was charismatic, with a broad smile and a thatch of hair often described as worthy of a Kennedy.
He defeated incumbent Gov. Richard Ogilvie, 51 percent to 49 percent, in the …

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[23 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

Days after Pat Quinn lost the November election, Chicago’s busiest film studio asked the lame-duck governor for a hefty state grant to buy industrial land around its West Side campus, where “Chicago Fire” and other TV shows and movies are produced.

Three weeks before Quinn left office, Cinespace Chicago Film Studios got a $10 million check from the cash-strapped state of Illinois.
The check’s been cashed. But the studio has yet to buy any land, and the owners of six properties listed in the studio’s grant application say they have no plans …

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[6 Mar 2015 | No Comment | ]

A freight train loaded with crude oil derailed in northern Illinois on Thursday, bursting into flames and prompting officials to suggest that everyone with 1 mile evacuate, authorities said.

The BNSF Railway train derailed about 1:05 p.m. in a rural area where the Galena River meets the Mississippi, according to company spokesman Andy Williams.
The train had 103 cars loaded with crude oil, along with two buffer cars loaded with sand.
Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times
image subtle reference to simple solution to oil transportation

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[8 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Continuing a week of protest over the deaths of young black men at the hands of police, the Rev. Michael Pfleger on Sundayinterrupted Mass — leading worshipers out of the pews at  Saint Sabina Catholic Church and into the street.
“We are taking a stand with our young people,” Pfleger said, referring to those who have been protesting around the country. “I have never been more proud to be an American citizen than right now. We got your back, we are going to fight with you.”

Read more in the Sun-Times

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[4 Dec 2014 | No Comment | ]

Federal prosecutors in Springfield moved a step closer Wednesday to being allowed to treat Dr. Eric Whitaker, a former Illinois state public health director who is one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, as a hostile witness in a fraud trial involving a Chicago businessman accused of spending more than $3 million in state health grants on luxury cars and vacation homes.

But they’ll have to question Whitaker outside the presence of the jury, U.S. District Judge Richard Mills ruled, before he’ll decide whether they can treat him as a hostile …

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[8 Oct 2014 | One Comment | ]

In a Sept. 5, 2010 email to Ben Nuckels, then Quinn’s campaign manager, Lavin outlines strategies to appeal to African-American voters by employing President Barack Obama and several black congressmen from Chicago and producing an ad with a “typical African American family, particularly women” that could show “why [Republican Bill] Brady would be a disaster.”

“The African American community tends to break late so we have some time,” Lavin wrote. “The Gov’s Neighborhood Recovery Initiative will also help on the jobs and anti-violence messages. If we agree that this election is …

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[7 Oct 2014 | No Comment | ]

North Shore state representative seeking reelection is suing his opponent in the Nov. 4 election as well as a local political commentator for allegedly broadcasting and mailing defamatory claims to prospective voters.

State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) filed the suit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court against Mark Neerhof, a doctor from Evanston running as his Republican challenger, and Neerhof’s campaign, Neerhof for Illinois.
Drury is also suing Dan Proft, a political commentator and morning show host for WLS-890. Liberty Principles PAC, for which Proft serves as Chairman and Treasurer, was …

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[15 Sep 2014 | No Comment | ]

A deal involving the federal government’s most expensive lease in Chicago produced millions of dollars in profits for a development group that included Penny Pritzker, a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama who is now his commerce secretary.
The developers also included Jack Higgins, a friend and political backer of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Over the 14-year term of the lease, the government will pay $280 million in rent and operating expenses for the Near West Side property, which houses the FBI’s Chicago headquarters.
That’s more than double what it cost …