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High levels of toxic lead found in air outside Chicago school

Monitor readings of lead pollution prompt investigation by federal, state environmental regulators By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter 12:15 AM CDT, April 1, 2011 Residents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets but had little evidence it was harmful. Now they have proof. …

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Few positives in Chicago-area home price changes

Analysis by ZIP code shows mostly slipping values By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune reporter April 24, 2011 At best, Chicago-area home prices are bouncing along the bottom or getting less bad as the depreciation rate slows. At worst, they continue in a free fall. A year of home price changes …

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Before Arlington Heights murder, judge gave suspect one last chance

Shortly after leaving jail, teen bound, beat and stabbed father, police say Nellessen had been in and out of Fecarotta’s courtroom since 2009, when he appeared on a residential burglary charge. He could have been sentenced to 4 to 15 years for the class 1 felony, but Fecarotta chose Cook …

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US Gov Orders Expedited 130K Blue Prints for Martial Law!

procurement request www.gpo.gov/gpo/bidopps/bidopps.action?region=chicago UPDATE: They have already taken down the information off of their website! Looks like they don’t like the exposure of their sinister agenda! handbook here www.scribd.com/doc/22092329/ICE-National-Detainee-Handbook-2007 link

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Settle up: voicemails show P2P porn law firms in action

The pitch isn’t subtle. Lawyers behind the recent wave of mass file-sharing lawsuits in the US want to earn quick settlements from defendants rather than litigate years-long cases, so it’s no surprise that their settlement efforts are persistent. Settlement amounts are set at a few thousand dollars—enough to hurt but …

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Exelon CEO’s pay rises 14%

By Julie Wernau Posted Feb. 10 at 4:29 p.m. Exelon CEO John Rowe saw his total compensation for 2010 rise 14 percent to $7.2 million, according to documents filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission, an increase largely tied to a change in the theoretical value of his pension. …

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Change of Subject: Perhaps a clue why Emanuel didn’t care about Brizard’s slippery graduation statistics

At Huffington Post, Chicago parent-advocate Julie Woestehoff blogs , in February, a group of Chicago Public Schools high-schoolers busted Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel‘s chops in a YouTube video (below) for making false statements about charter schools on the campaign trail:[claimed that, outside of two selective enrollment CPS high schools, the …

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New CPS chief fends off hostile questions

Jean-Claude Brizard, 47, is seen by some as a controversial choice to lead Chicago Public Schools. His three years as superintendent in Rochester has been marked by some incremental improvements in test scores and graduation numbers but also frequent battles with the teachers union over discipline policies and performance evaluations …

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Northwestern University’s deception lab

A new form of lie detection could stop crimes before they happen. By Nicole Frehsee With its weathered blue sofa, textbook-littered desks and corkboard plastered with postcards from spring-break spots like Florida and Hilton Head, Room 202 in Northwestern University’s Cresap Hall could easily belong to a frat brother. But …

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For many grads, the old college try’s not enough

Rising number of ‘mal-employed’ settling for low-wage jobs April 19, 2011|By Alejandra Cancino, Tribune reporter Tiffany Groene is waiting tables. Erin Crites is making lattes and iced coffees. And Anna Holcombe is buying and selling gold. These three Chicago women share more than just scraping by with low-paying jobs: They …

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1,700 foreclosure cases halted by court

Judge suspends 1,700 actions after law firm admits affidavits were changed By Mary Ellen Podmolik, Tribune reporter A Cook County Circuit Court judge has taken the unusual step of temporarily halting at least 1,700 mortgage foreclosures after a law firm told the court that the cases contained altered documents, the …

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Tea Party Rallies In Daley Plaza

Hundreds of demonstrators who feel Taxed Enough Already turned up to Daley Plaza yesterday to express their discontent with taxes, big government and other assorted socialist encroachments on America. Steve Stevlic, coordinator for the Chicago Tea Party organized the rally, which featured Tea Party darling Joe Walsh (R-IL) (who leads …

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New Chicago schools chief has record of reform, but irked teachers

By Amanda Paulson Amanda Paulson – Mon Apr 18, 4:22 pm ET Chicago – The man Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel has selected to lead the Chicago Public Schools has a track record of improving graduation rates and test scores in his current job in Rochester, N.Y., but has also had conflicts …

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