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Not a Wonderful Life: The Effects of Aggressive Foreclosure

Zabrina Worthy frets when she talks about losing her house. She never saw how it could happen to her the way it did. Her voice cracked with tears at the first words she spoke to me, over the telephone: “I completely lost everything I had.” When they boarded her house, …

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Jody Weis: Give Koschman witnesses polygraphs

Four friends of David Koschman told detectives earlier this year they’d be willing to take lie-detector tests to back up their recollections that Koschman wasn’t being physically aggressive when he was punched in the face by a nephew of Mayor Daley in a drunken confrontation in 2004 that led to …

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Jury awards $100,000 in cop drug-planting case

A federal jury has awarded a Chicago man $100,000 after deciding a lawsuit in his favor that alleged he was beaten by Chicago police who planted drugs on him. In his lawsuit, Al Williams claimed members of the now-disbanded Special Operations Section arrested him in May 2007, struck him in …

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Police Won’t Investigate Daley Nephew Death

By Sandra Torres Illinois State Police changed it’s mind and decided not to investigate the homicide case involving Mayor Daley’s nephew. On March 24, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez requested that independent investigators take a second look at the death of David Koschman and the way the Chicago Police …

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Mayor Daley spends $18 million in taxpayer money a year on people who don’t work

There is wasteful spending in the city budget– and I’m not talking about Chicago Police officers who abandon their posts to have sex with women while they should be on duty. Last week, the city’s Inspector General Joseph Ferguson found $18 million that could easily be trimmed from the budget. …

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Koschman cop: Daley nephew, friends made charges impossible

The key hurdles to filing charges in 2004, according to Yawger: After punching Koschman, Vanecko ran off with a friend, Craig Denham. Two other Vanecko friends who were there — Kevin McCarthy and his wife, Bridget Higgins McCarthy — initially told the police they didn’t know the two guys who …

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UFO sighting in Chicago?

April 3, 2011 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — An unusual sight was reported by some residents on Chicago’s South Side. They say something in the sky looked like UFOs were flying over Chicago. Nicole Dragozetich was driving down 35th Street and Western at approximately 8 p.m. Saturday when she noticed at least …

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High levels of toxic lead found in air outside Chicago school

High levels of toxic lead found in air outside Chicago school Monitor readings of lead pollution prompt investigation by federal, state environmental regulators April 01, 2011|By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter Alex Garcia, Chicago Tribune Residents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets …

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Waste Management seals recycling deal with Chicago

Houston Business Journal – by Casey Wooten Waste Management Inc. has agreed to a 10-year deal with the City of Chicago to deliver curbside recycling pickup services to more than 300,000 households, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Chicago’s mayor, Richard Daley, is …

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Big stink raised over horses urinating in Gold Coast streets

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Starting today, carriage drivers will have to clean streets after horses urinate. | Keith Hale~Sun-Times Chicago’s horse-drawn carriage owners are raising a stink — and predicting a rash of Gold Coast accidents and worse-than-normal traffic jams — over a new city regulation that will …

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Ex-cop, award-winning rap star square off in 20th Ward

With less than a week remaining before the 20th Ward aldermanic race heads to what appears to be a dramatic conclusion, the two remaining combatants are pulling no punches in attempts to rally support behind their campaign and make pitches to an otherwise apathetic voter base. In the Feb. 22 …

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Deacon Knocked Down Stairs at El Stop Dies

Man grabbed iPhone, pushed commuters out of his way during escape, police say Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 | Updated 10:50 PM CDT By BJ Lutz and Jeff Goldblatt A 68-year-old church deacon died Tuesday, hours after being knocked down the stairs at a north side El stop by a fleeing …

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As many as 11 hurt in Englewood bus crash after gunfire

Car speeding away as bullets flew hit CTA vehicle, police say March 29, 2011|By Ryan Haggerty and Andrew L. Wang, Tribune reporters E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune Just a few inches separated life and death for Mahogany Myers on Tuesday morning. Myers, 27, was pulling out of the parking lot …

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Chicago offers a direct mail opt-out program

Juan Martinez The city of Chicago began a mail preference service earlier this month that provides residents with the ability to opt out of receiving selected direct mail materials. The effort is designed to enable Chicago to save money on sanitation and rid the city of tons of millions of …

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Ald. Carrie Austin gives son top ward job

By Fran Spielman City Hall Reporter If they ever make a sit-com about Chicago’s City Hall, it might be called, “All in the Family.” Now, Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) has crafted a new episode — by installing her son as her ward superintendent. Until recently, Lemuel Austin III was a …

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