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[ • 12 May 2016 • No Comment ]
From CBS 2 The former top fundraiser for imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (and Barack Obama ed.) has left a halfway house a free man, after spending nearly a decade in federal custody. An attorney for Antoin “Tony” Rezko confirmed his client was released Thursday and was looking forward to being reunited with his family. In another convenient story Related Midwest has taken part ownership of 62 acres southwest of Clark Street and Roosevelt Road, and will be the lead developer...


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[ • 11 May 2016 • No Comment ]
From the Daily Herald A plan approved in the Illinois Senate Tuesday to redistribute education funding would eventually cost many suburban schools, leading one lawmaker to warn, “If you’re a suburbanite, they’re coming after you.” The plan from state Sen. Andy Manar, a Bunker Hill Democrat, is intended to send more money to less-wealthy districts. The Senate approved it by a 31-21 vote after Republicans and Democrats sparred for a week about disputed sets of numbers showing how districts...


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[ • 10 May 2016 • One Comment ]
Everyone wants to cut to the chase: Can Donald Trump possibly be elected president? All the current information, from polling, to demographics, to the recent history of  the electoral college map says no. Some–including many Republicans–believe he could lose so badly that he carries down-ballot candidates with him and that Democrats take back the Senate and even the House . Now that the primaries are nearly over and a general election constituency lies before him, he faces losses among...


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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...


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[ • 4 May 2016 • No Comment ]
The family financing the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago has effectively pulled the plug on the $700 million facility. In a statement released late today, Mellody Hobson, wife of famed movie director and museum patron George Lucas, talked in the past tense about the museum’s prospects here, and cast bitter blame on Friends of the Parks, the civic group which earlier in the day said it would oppose any plan to locate the project on the lakefront, as Lucas wants. “My...


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[ • 3 May 2016 • No Comment ]
The last time I saw Paris was the spring of 2014. I didn’t get there in 2015–the first year I missed in more than two decades. My absence, however, had nothing to do with the Charlie Hebdo and subsequent terrorist attacks. I returned  two weeks ago  mainly because I missed the city’s beauty, its art and food–I’ve been in love with them since 1954–but  also  to see what imprint  the terrorist attacks had left on the city and its people. Tourism dropped significantly...


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