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Clout StreetThe chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee today called for hearings into allegations that Chicago’s red-light camera contract was likely built on a $2 million bribery scheme. The company, Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., already is...
The assassinated Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who died 80 years ago this week, is often portrayed by official histories as just an innocent victim of bad luck and bad aim. But Chicagoans don't believe in coincidences, not even us chumbolones,...
Tags: Kelsey Grammer, Al Capone, Shootings, Chicago Mayor, Immigration
Clout StreetThe perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing. Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams...
This being Chicago, where political dynasties have their hands kissed by journalism and commerce, expect the following about former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, the former 7th Ward alderman: Lamentations for what might have been for...
Tags: Tony Rezko, Jesse Jackson, Jr., Civil Rights, Trials, Elections
Chicago Tribune reporterThe death of Chicago's first black mayor was marked by tears of sorrow, words of praise — and down-and-dirty politicking. A few days after Harold Washington had a fatal heart attack in his City Hall office, 25 years ago Nov. 25, a Tribune reporter...
Change of SubjectSome highlights from the list. 1 Rahm Emanuel 2 Michael Madigan 8 Toni Preckwinkle 10 David Axelrod 13 Dick Durbin 15 Sam Zell 20 Lisa Madigan 22 Ed Burke 24 Karen Lewis 30 Garry McCarthy 37 Cardinal Francis George 45......
Clout StreetThe Chicago City Council today voted to pay more than $5.4 million to settle three legal cases, including two involving alleged police misconduct. In the most high-profile case, $4.1 million will be paid to the family of Flint Farmer, an unarmed man who...
Tags: FBI, Trials, Bipolar Disorder, Shootings, Richard F. Mell
Clout StreetNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super political action committee has spent at least $660,000 for 12 days of TV ads blasting Democratic congressional candidate Debbie Halvorson’s past support from the National Rifle Association, records...
Tags: Elections, Michael Bloomberg, Crete, Anthony Beale, Barack Obama
Change of SubjectA roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Connected to Chicago (.mp3 file, right click to download) WLS-AM 890. Host Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's......
Within seconds of McHenry County Judge Maureen McIntyre being appointed to preside over Illinois' political heater manslaughter case on Friday, you could almost hear her being "scrubbed." It's not about cleansing bubbles. Not in Illinois. "Scrubbing" is...
Tags: Elections, Justice System, McHenry, Lisa Madigan, Politics
Clout StreetThe City Council Finance Committee today endorsed spending $32.7 million to settle two police misconduct cases, including what may be the single largest payment of its kind in city history. The larger settlement, now set for a Thursday vote of the...
A sad comment on the cynicism around us is that some are scoffing at a beautiful idea: A giant Chicago City Hall-run casino at the James R. Thompson Center, the heart of state government, run by our political class. "We just want to build the thing,"...
Tags: FBI, Sculpture, Chicago City Hall, Dance, Chicago Mayor
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