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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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Steve Chapman commentary: Police surveillance cameras and crime

If you want to be on TV, don’t go to Los Angeles or New York. Come to Chicago, where your wish is certain to be fulfilled. In fact, you couldn’t avoid it if you wanted to, thanks to the nation’s most extensive network of police surveillance cameras. Anytime you walk …

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Paul Green on Rahm Emanuel and Tuesday’s election

Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell says he’s not political, but he’s happy to lead new council, offer input Melissa Harris Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn announced that Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell will lead his new Innovation Council. Coupled with Keywell’s plans to launch the first Chicago Ideas Week in October, the …

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Cash Cab rolls into Chicago

When random passengers step into Beth Melewski’s unmarked cab, interior disco lights start flashing and Melewski explains that they’ve stumbled into a game show. “You’d be surprised how few people go, ‘I’m going to be on TV!’” Melewski says. “The biggest reaction is usually, ‘Oooh, a woman cab driver!’” The …

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Lisa Madigan sues to block Burge pension

By Ryan Haggerty Disgraced former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge’s pension is once again in jeopardy, just days after the city’s police pension board allowed him to continue to collect the $3,039 a month in spite of his criminal conviction. The board’s controversial decision led Attorney General Lisa Madigan to …

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County Treasurer Sits At $23,000 Office Set, Hired $95,000 Party Planners « CBS Chicago

CHICAGO CBS — A waste of taxpayers’ money. That’s how former employees are describing jobs and office activities in the Cook Country Treasurer’s Office. Investigator Pam Zekman and the Better Government Association continue their investigation into how Treasurer Maria Pappas spends your tax dollars. Pappas once ran her office from …

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Emanuel on Chicago mayoral ballot

Illinois Supreme Court rejects challenge to his residency January 28, 2011 By Jeff Coen, Bob Secter and David Kidwell, Tribune reporters The ballot roller coaster for Rahm Emanuel finally stopped Thursday with the former White House chief of staff very much in the race for mayor and the Illinois Supreme …

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Chicago Artist Faces 15 Years In Prison for Recording Cops

Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com January 25, 2011 In Illinois, you need the permission of the state to record on the street. It is illegal make audio recordings of cops going about their duty arresting unlicensed street artists and other ne’er-do-wells. It is illegal to practice the First Amendment in Chicago. It …

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Rahm Emanuel booted off ballot in 2-1 Appellate Court decision

BY ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter Jan 24, 2011 12:09PM Rahm Emanuel was thrown off the ballot for mayor of Chicago today by an appellate court panel, a stunning blow to the fund-raising leader in the race. An appellate panel ruled 2-1 that Emanuel did not meet the residency standard …

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Chicago home to new wave of comic-strip artists

Step aside, Gotham City. Chicago is the new center of the comic universe, a place where introspective everymen have replaced caped crusaders in tights. The Museum of Contemporary Art this month celebrated the city’s place as a hotbed of young cartoonist talent through “New Chicago Comics,” a look at the …

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Another Illinois Resident Charged for Recording Police – Hit & Run

Radley Balko | January 23, 2011 The New York Times reports on the Illinois eavesdropping law, which allows for a felony charge and up to 15 years of prison for people who record police officers on the job. In addition to artist Christopher Drew—whom I’ve written about before and who …

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Chicago-area foreclosures soar 20% in 2010

By Mary Ellen Podmolik Posted yesterday at 8:36 a.m. Bank repossessions of foreclosed homes in the Chicago region soared almost 20 percent, to more than 45,000 properties in 2010, despite various government and lender programs designed to keep people in their properties and a slowdown in fourth-quarter activity due to …

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News and Investigations Is Treasurer Maria Pappas Wasting Your Tax Dollars?

CHICAGO — She has a driver who makes $94,000 a year and a cleaning lady making $57,000 a year. Is Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas wasting tax dollars? In a joint investigation with the Better Government Association, CBS 2 Investigator Pam Zekman has been following these employees and found that …

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City Council urges swift firing of corrupt city workers

By FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Jan 14, 2011 Chicago city employees who are convicted of corruption would no longer be able to keep collecting their paychecks while awaiting sentencing, under a crackdown proposed Thursday that calls for firing upon conviction. Three days after the Chicago Sun-Times’ “The Watchdogs” column …

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