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New allegations surface against rogue Chicago police officers in SOS unit

New lawsuit by teen targets members of the Special Operations Section, who have been convicted of illegal searches, stealing money and trumped-up charges By Annie Sweeney, Tribune reporter On a summer evening six years ago, Jose Fematt and his younger sister did what most kids do as the day fades …

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ISPD to review Chicago police inquiry into 2004 death

Illinois State Police on Friday agreed to review the Chicago Police Department’s investigation of the April 2004 homicide of David Koschman, who died after he was punched in the face by Richard “R.J.” Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Richard Daley and White House Chief of Staff William Daley. The state …

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47th Ward Dem Org Pres. Arrested For Alleged Election Night Attack

Creating a dramatic ending for an important meeting of the 47th Ward Democratic organization, the organization President, William Helm, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of misdemeanor battery, related to an alleged assault on February 22, Election Night. At 10:25 a.m., Chicago Police Officers from the 19th District Tactical Unit …

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Suit against feds claims false arrest, prosecution

10:02 p.m. CDT, March 25, 2011 Jose Quiroz was at his Chicago home with his wife and 4-year-old son in 2009 when federal agents came to his door with their guns drawn and, mistaking him for a Colorado man, arrested him, according to a federal complaint that Quiroz filed on …

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Altered documents halt some Cook County foreclosures

J. Zellermayer WGN News According to the Chicago Tribune a Cook County Circuit judge has temporarily stopped at least 1,700 foreclosures. The court said Fisher and Shapiro LLC, one of the top three law firms used by mortgage services, told the court they changed affidavits in the foreclosure cases. The …

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Rhymefest for 20th Ward Alderman

Noisy 20th Ward race boils down to turnout for Cochran, Rhymefest March 23, 2011| By John Byrne, Tribune reporter Only one of the remaining candidates in Chicago’s 20th Ward holds down a job as a rapper, but both contenders are falling back on a hip-hop adage as the contest enters …

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Chicago Public Schools deficit up to $720 million

Interim Chicago Schools CEO Terry Mazany Wednesday delivered bad news — followed by more bad news. The estimated Chicago Public School deficit for next school year is $720 million, Mazany said. That’s up $20 million from just before his predecessor walked out the door in late November. Mazany called for …

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Robert Plant, Peter Frampton top Ravinia 2011 concert schedule

In announcing the 2011 concert schedule for Ravinia, president Welz Kauffman said the North Shore festival’s non-classical lineup features “something palatable to both baby boomers and babies.” Ravinia’s summer pop shows are certainly heavy on the boomers, including returning acts such as Robert Plant in June with his Band of …

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Water pollution: Feds probe chronic sewage overflows in Lake Michigan and Chicago streams – chicagotribune.com

Billed as an engineering marvel and national model, Chicago’s Deep Tunnel was designed to protect Lake Michigan from sewage overflows and put an end to the once-frequent practice of dumping human and industrial waste into local rivers. But nearly four decades after taxpayers started paying for one of the nation’s …

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Tokyo Passengers Trigger U.S. Airport Detectors, N.Y. Post Says

By Alan Purkiss – Mar 17, 2011 1:08 AM CT Radiation detectors at Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago O’Hare airports were triggered when passengers from flights that started in Tokyo passed through customs, the New York Post reported. Tests at Dallas-Fort Worth indicated low radiation levels in travelers’ luggage and in …

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Senate committee advances cigarette tax increase

By DOUG FINKE A $1-per-pack hike in Illinois’ cigarette tax was approved by a state Senate committee Wednesday, as Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, also introduced legislation to repeal the legalization of video poker in the state. Poker was made legal in 2009 as a way to pay for the …

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Airport Body Scanner Radiation Levels 10 Times Higher than Expected

The Transportation Security Administration is re-analyzing the radiation levels of X-ray body scanners installed in airports nationwide, after testing produced dramatically higher-than-expected results. The TSA, which has deployed at least 500 body scanners to at least 78 airports, said Tuesday the machines meet all safety standards and would remain in …

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Columbia prof says he’s behind @MayorEmanuel

Dan Sinker, a journalism teacher at Columbia College, says he was behind the fictitious Twitter account “@MayorEmanuel,” a foul-mouthed double of the real candidate and mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel. Sinker tells the Atlantic magazine his punk rock attitude and deep interest in Chicago politics led him to take on Emanuel’s persona. …

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Parallel Universes and Corpse Brains: Source Code Takes Science on a Trip

In upcoming sci-fi flick Source Code, an Iraq War veteran uses “time reassignment” technology to crack open alternate realities in an effort to stop a terrorist from blowing up Chicago. While the premise sounds outlandish, it’s actually based on principals of quantum physics, according to Source Code scribe Ben Ripley. …

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Emanuel’s First Political Scandal: Hires Ethics Challenged Team Member

-By Warner Todd Huston Rahm Emanuel hasn’t even officially set his first foot in the Mayor’s Office and he’s already had his first political misstep: He hired a transition team member that has ethics problems. Last year Judy Erwin was forced to resign as director of the Illinois Board of …

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