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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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How Rahm Retaliated Against Bad Press

So the day after the “Mini White House Inaugural” was reported, the Emanuel team refused to notify NBC of rare one-on-one interviews allotted to our competitors. The TV business is competitive, but typically politicians and public figures who are involved with big events grant the same access to all-comers. When …

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Chicago police sergeant accused of brutality

April 15, 2011|By Divina Mims, CNN A Chicago police sergeant is facing brutality charges stemming from an October incident caught on surveillance tape showing him repeatedly slapping a unresisting, handcuffed man across the face. At a hearing Friday, a bond $20,000 was set for Sgt. Edward Howard Jr., 48, on …

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Cops dodge questions in David Koschman homicide case

We’ve hit what I call the “FOIA Stone Wall.” “FOIA” stands for the Freedom of Information Act, one of the most important tools in a reporter’s toolbox when it comes to finding out what government knew and when it knew it. Authorities, by law, are obligated to respond. But in …

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Chicago alderman proposes vehicle sticker hike

Associated Press A Chicago alderman says he has come up a plan that could produce more revenue for the city. Alderman Joe Moreno says owners of gas-guzzling cars should pay more for city vehicle stickers. At the same time, owners of electric cars and hybrids should see the cost of …

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Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city’s growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city’s integrated surveillance system — a system former Department of Homeland Security Secretary …

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Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

Kyle Hillman: Always Bet on Money It is one of those bills the average person finds hard to believe. In a state controlled by Democrats at all three levels, the corporation still finds a way to win. This wackiness can’t be blamed on a Republican overreach, like we’ve seen on …

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Reporter Mick Dumke Sues City Of Chicago Over FOIA Rejections

The Huffington Post Jen Sabella For years, the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke has been reporting on everything from the city’s misuse of TIF funds to its lack of recycling. Shedding light on the city’s shortcomings is definitely a way to get on Mayor Daley’s nerves (as most Chicago journalists know) …

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Big-money donors wanted for Emanuel inauguration

Posted by Kristen Mack and Hal Dardick at 2:01 p.m. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is looking for private donors to bankroll his inauguration, offering potential donors yet another way to show their appreciation as he prepares to take office next month. Individuals who give $50,000 can garner “co-chair” status on Emanuel’s …

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City stickers for most cars could cost more

By John Byrne Tribune reporter Owners of gas-guzzling cars in Chicago could see city sticker shock to go with the pain at the pump if an alderman’s plan to increase the cost of the annual stickers is approved. Ald. Joe Moreno, 1st, hopes to raise about $21 million per year …

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Like Something Out Of A Movie: Alleged Shakedown On Metra Film Location

Send Your Tips To Pam Zekman April 11, 2011 10:00 PM From 2 Investigators CHICAGO (CBS) — The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees may have tried to get a piece of …

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Blagojevich Prosecutors Ask Judge To Bar Defense’s Wiretap Argument

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption case have asked a judge to bar defense attorneys from arguing at the former Illinois governor’s upcoming retrial that playing all the hundreds of hours of secret FBI recordings would prove his innocence. Blagojevich and his lawyers have complained for years that the …

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Goose Island’s Greg Hall Urinated Into Beer Glasses at the Bar

April 11, 2011|By Josh Noel It wasn’t celebrating the $38 million acquisition of his family’s brewery by Anheuser-Busch – it was just a birthday party. But it ended with a bartender saying that Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall urinated into two beer glasses while standing at the bar and Hall …

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Locke Bowman: Chicago Police Miss the Message about the Cost of Wrongful Convictions

Chicago cops have been involved in too many investigations that led to false charges against innocent suspects: James Newsome, falsely convicted of murder; Leroy Orange, Aaron Patterson, Madison Hobley and Stanley Howard, all tortured by Jon Burge’s detectives into confessing to crimes they didn’t commit; John Willis, imprisoned for nearly …

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