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Tribune reporterOn the Facebook page of "The Butcher & Larder," the Noble Square butcher shop, owner Rob Levitt posted a link Wendesday to an article about Congress lifting the ban on funding horse-meat inspections. The implication was horses could once again be...
All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee. Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...
Illinois' pension system was in precarious enough shape in 1994 that Democrats and Republicans came together to solve a crisis threatening the state's financial future. The agreement they forged was supposed to take politics out of pension funding by...
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city. Some events...
Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Steven Preckwinkle, the...
Romeo Santos says he's not a dancer, Giuliana Rancic's restaurant is hiring, Haley Reinhart shops at SofiaThere’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story. “I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
The jury forewoman in Rod Blagojevich's second trial denied today that she improperly took a juror questionnaire and showed it to a high school class. The questionnaire in question was just a blank form that she got from the court to explain the civic...
Tribune reporterA federal judge today set June 28 for sentencing for former political insider Stuart Levine, a key government witness at two trials over corruption stemming from the administration of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. U.S. District Judge Amy St. told...
Tags: Judges, Chicago, Justice System, Corporate Crime, Bribery
In closing arguments today, federal prosecutors drove home their assertion that Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, on trial on charges of fraud and attempted extortion, did not innocently pass a message to a Hollywood producer and old friend...
Tribune reportersThe underfunded College Illinois savings program was plagued by weak financial controls and conflicts of interest between top administrators and companies hired to invest millions from the pre-paid tuition fund, according to a report issued Wednesday from...
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