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Updated: The day President Obama signs the NDAA, I will remember this…

When President Obama puts his signature to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be remembering with much regret four years back. As you probably know the NDAA allows for the indefinite detention of anyone, including Americans and legal residents, without charge and without trial. It shreds our …

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Feds sue Chicago over vacant building ordinance

ALEX KEEFE | DEC. 13, 2011 (AP/file) The federal agency overseeing mortage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is suing the city of Chicago over a new ordinance aimed at cracking down on owners of vacant and abandoned buildings. The Federal Housing Finance Agency argues in a lawsuit filed Monday …

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Ex-lawmaker nearly doubles his pension with one month of work

By Jason Grotto and Ray Long, Chicago Tribune reporters December 16, 2011 Robert Molaro’s short stint as aide to Ald. Ed Burke brought him windfall for life All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to …

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Bears’ Hurd due for bond hearing on drug charges

Bears receiver Sam Hurd is scheduled to return to court here this afternoon for a bond hearing on federal drug conspiracy charges. Authorities plan to transfer Hurd to Dallas to face one count of conspiring to distribute half a kilogram of cocaine or more. Hurd played for the Cowboys before …

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KELLY REACTS TO OPPONENT’S THREAT IN CHICAGO GOP WARD RACE

December 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm My Fellow Republicans and Conservatives, Because I passionately believe that Chicago deserves a real two-party system, I announced in early November my intention to run for committeeman of Chicago’s 42nd ward. My goal is to become the Chairman of the Chicago Republican Party and …

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Koschman’s mom asks for special prosecutor to look into son’s death

BY TIM NOVAK and CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters December 14, 2011 10:03PM More than seven years after her 21-year-old son David Koschman died as the result of a punch thrown by a nephew of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley, Nanci Koschman asked Wednesday for the appointment of a special prosecutor to …

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Protesters shut down Chicago school board meeting over closings, turnarounds

By Joel Hood and Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah, Chicago Tribune reporters December 15, 2011 More than 50 protesters took command of Chicago Public Schools’ board meeting Wednesday, shouting down board members in a dramatic show of force against proposed school closings, consolidations and turnaround projects. In a chaotic scene that echoed …

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Rahm looks for more power, ability to deputize during G8

Posted 12/14/11 3:09 p.m. WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron Reports CHICAGO (WLS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants big new powers to help stage the NATO and G8 summits here in Chicago next May. WLS Radio’s Bill Cameron reports from City Hall that the mayor is asking the aldermen to give him …

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Committee OKs more than $3 million to settle police misconduct cases

By Hal Dardick, Chicago Tribune reporter December 13, 2011 A City Council committee Monday approved paying more than $3 million to settle two cases of alleged misconduct that, according to one key alderman, indicated “a troubling pattern” in Chicago Police Department lockups. Police and civilian detention aides were accused in …

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Four reporters may have saved pension abuse legislation

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, D-Orland Park, wants to gut a pension reform bill with new legislation friendly to union officials. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / December 12, 2011) December 13, 2011 We don’t expect the perpetrators — a slew of Democrats in the Illinois House — to confess. But let’s …

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Admiral Theatre Offers Lap Dances For Holiday Toy Donations

December 12, 2011 1:13 PM CHICAGO (CBS) — If you’re a stingy, Scroogey type at Christmas, the Admiral Theatre has an incentive for you to change your ways. Yes, that Admiral Theatre. Beginning Monday and continuing through Saturday, the Admiral is offering a free lap dance to anyone who donates …

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Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977

In celebration of the opening of Light Years: Conceptual Art and the Photograph, 1964–1977, the Art Institute will project Andy Warhol’s 1964 film Empire—a single, eight-hour-long nighttime take of the Empire State Building—from the museum’s Bluhm Family Terrace across Millennium Park to the upper stories of the Aon Center. Warhol’s …

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Peoples Gas on-bill New Furnace financing in Chicago

New Furnace Loan Program Financing Available Now! December 5, 2011 Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas are excited to announce the launch of the on-bill financing program for high-efficiency furnaces! Financing options are available beginning today for qualified residential customers. Eligible residential customers of Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas can now apply for a low-interest loan to purchase a high-efficiency …

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Sun-Times Media online sites to begin metered pay plan

The Chicago Sun-Times and its sister publications in the suburbs will start charging for online access, joining the ranks of newspapers looking for revenue from digital sources. Access to web sites controlled by Sun-Times Media LLC will be governed by a “metered” pay plan starting Thursday. Web site users will …

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