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Gov. Quinn: Put state income tax hike first

$15B DEFICIT | Cites doubts about gambling package November 8, 2010 BY DAVE McKINNEY Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief SPRINGFIELD — A gambling package that could raise $1 billion annually for the state appears “top-heavy” and should take a back seat in the upcoming fall veto session to raising the income …

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Rezko gave Gutierrez a deal on town house

November 8, 2010 BY NATASHA KORECKI Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned. Gutierrez’s comments to federal agents in a previously undisclosed 2008 interview contradict …

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Mayoral hopefuls’ sprint under way

November 07, 2010| By John Chase and Kristen Mack, Tribune reporters While candidates for U.S. Senate and governor made last-minute appeals in the closing days of their campaigns, the hard chargers who want to be Chicago mayor were busy setting themselves up for business. Rahm Emanuel spent part of Election …

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Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar Opens

If you didn’t know there was a bar connected to the Bridgeport liquor store Maria’s, you might hear the strains of music wafting from the walk-in freezer and think someone was throwing a party inside. We did know about the bar—and yet, after entering the shop and receiving encouraging smiles …

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Opt Out of a Body Scan? Then Brace Yourself

By JOE SHARKEY Published: November 1, 2010 HAVING been taught by nuns in grade school and later going through military boot camp, I have always disliked uniformed authorities shouting at me.  So I was unhappy last week when some security screeners at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago started yelling. “Opt …

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Huron Consulting buys Click Commerce

By: Lorene Yue November 02, 2010 (Crain’s) — Huron Consulting Group Inc. has acquired software provider Click Commerce Inc. of Beaverton, Ore. The purchase will make Click Commerce’s roughly 60 workers part of Chicago-based Huron’s higher education practice. Click Commerce’s top three executives will become managing directors at Huron. Terms …

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The corruption case you barely heard of

November 1, 2010 BY TIM NOVAK AND CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporters It began with the arrest of a former member of the Jesse White Tumbling Team and turned into one of the most significant Chicago corruption investigations of Mayor Daley’ administration. The federal investigation dubbed “Operation Crooked Code” so far …

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Chicago airport on alert about suspicious packages

More Terror Threats Before Elections Propaganda Warning Aviation officials say Chicago airport security personnel have been alerted to an investigation of suspicious packages on cargo planes in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and England. Chicago Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride says she can't talk specifically about any stepped-up security efforts or …

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Cop allegedly knocks out woman’s tooth in parking spat

A Chicago Police officer has been stripped of his police powers after allegedly knocking out a female security guard’s tooth during a fight over a parking spot, authorities said. Donnie Lewis, 57, was off duty Monday when he allegedly got into the spat in west suburban Hillside and struck the …

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Most school garden produce is forbidden fruit in CPS lunchrooms

October 19, 2010|By Monica Eng, Tribune reporter It’s harvest time in Chicago Public School gardens full of chubby tomatoes, heavy squash and fragrant basil. These urban oases, carefully tended by teachers, students and volunteers, range from several square feet to several acres of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and some …

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Rhymefest to run for Chicago alderman

Rapper says his music will be a tool to reach people October 21, 2010|By Duaa Eldeib, Tribune reporter Che “Rhymefest” Smith, a Chicago Grammy Award-winning rapper, announced Thursday that he will run for alderman of the 20th Ward to the sounds of cameras clicking. A lot of cameras. Smith, 33, …

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Chicago foreclosures: Foreclosures put chill on hot Chicago neighborhoods

Chicago’s once-hot neighborhoods are getting hammered by foreclosures. In Chicago’s Loop, for instance, 73 foreclosure filings were made during the three months ended Sept. 30. Combine that with filings made earlier in the year and foreclosures are up almost 77 percent from the first nine months of 2009, to 205 …

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Chicago Police Department Superintendent Jody Weis responds to police beating allegations on South Side at 79th and Vincennes

October 21, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Two officers stripped of their powers following an alleged beating have been reinstated while the investigation continues against the five other officers allegedly involved. The police union said Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis jumped the gun relieving the two officers of their police powers …

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Chicago sheriff says no to enforcing foreclosures – CNBC

CHICAGO – Two of the largest U.S. mortgage servicers have said they will resume home foreclosures, but a big-city sheriff has news for them: he won’t enforce their foreclosure evictions. The sheriff for Cook County, Illinois, which includes the city of Chicago, said on Tuesday he will not enforce foreclosure …

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Burke Proposes Outsourcing Some City Work

Produced by Hunter Clauss on Friday, October 15, 2010 The Chicago City Council is expected to begin its budget hearings next week, and Alderman Edward Burke, 14th, says he wants city officials consider outsourcing some administrative work. Burke says with the lagging economy, it makes sense to have some work …

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