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Officer fired for allegedly beating woman while on a domestic call

By Mary Owen TribLocal reporter Friday at 2:28 p.m. A Joliet police officer has been fired after allegedly using excessive force while responding to a domestic dispute earlier this month at a motel. Officer Thomas O’Connor, a four-year veteran of the Joliet Police Department, was alone when he responded to …

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Report provides new detail on politicians’ influence on University of Illinois admissions

By Associated Press 11:29 a.m. CST, February 26, 2012 CHICAGO (AP) — More Illinois politicians — including top Democrats and Republicans — have been identified as using their influence to help students get into the University of Illinois, according to a published report Sunday. The Chicago Tribune first reported in …

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Odd geography in new Illinois congressional map

Millions of constituents will find their representative has changed By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune reporter February 20, 2012 During his three decades in Elmhurst, John Morrissey has been comfortable being represented in Washington by a generation of conservative congressmen. Now the retired 61-year-old business manager is coming to the realization …

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Nuns fight strip club next to convent in Stone Park

BY ROBERT HERGUTH Better Government Association February 7, 2012 9:44PM When Stone Park’s village government authorized a new strip club to come to town, officials did more than enhance its reputation as a “sin city” of the western suburbs. They upset a group of nuns. Turns out the Stone Park …

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Automated speed cameras in Illinois

Automated speed cameras are one step closer to becoming reality, and your action is needed to stop this boondoggle from becoming law. The Speed Camera bill blew through the legislature in Illinois’ Fall Veto Session, and the Governor has until February 6 to either veto, or sign the measure into …

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Immigrant detention center proposal scrutinized

Associated Press CRETE, Ill.— A debate about Immigration reform is taking shape in a small suburban Chicago community where local and federal officials are considering placing an immigrant detention center. The proposed facility in Crete — around 35 miles south of Chicago — is among several locations U.S. Immigration and …

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Off-duty officer got special treatment in fatal hit-run case, prosecutors argue

January 17, 2012, By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter A Chicago police officer accused in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old boy received preferential treatment from investigators who drove the off-duty officer to a restroom, delayed field-sobriety tests and overlooked key evidence that he was intoxicated, prosecutors said Tuesday …

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Westmont fire chief place on leave after arrest on DUI charge

By Joseph Ruzich, Special to the Tribune January 5, 2012 The fire chief of Westmont has been placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of his arrest on a DUI charge last week, authorities said. Frank Trout allegedly hit a parked car in the 3900 block of Adams Street …

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Illinois Cops Got Quotas

Bill proposed by police union dies in Illinois House December 18, 2010 A bill in the Statehouse this year reopened a lingering debate in traffic enforcement: Are officers ordered to write a specific number of tickets? A top Illinois police union says yes. The Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor …

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Four reporters may have saved pension abuse legislation

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, D-Orland Park, wants to gut a pension reform bill with new legislation friendly to union officials. (E. Jason Wambsgans, Chicago Tribune / December 12, 2011) December 13, 2011 We don’t expect the perpetrators — a slew of Democrats in the Illinois House — to confess. But let’s …

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How Blago got whacked (and Obama got away)

CHICAGO, December 8, 2011 ― If you didn’t know it was the Blagojevich saga, you might think it was a script for a “Goodfellas” sequel: An ambitious young man marries the daughter of a powerful Chicago political boss. The boss “makes” the man and gives him his start in the …

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Blagojevich hit with 14-year prison sentence

A contrite former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison, capping one of the state’s worst political scandals and humbling a controversial and defiant figure who rode into office as a champion of reform. The sentence handed Blagojevich was the second-longest ever delivered in federal …

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Karen Claus Helping Keep Homeowners Safe

Oswego woman started radon testing service 11 years ago after a life commuting downtown. Only about five calls each month are from homeowners who are concerned for the health of their families, said Claus, who hopes these numbers increase as more people realize the potential danger of radon in their …

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THE LOST DECADE: Cook County loses 26% of manufacturing jobs

BY THOMAS HARGROVE November 25, 2011 11:32PM FILE–An office building on the Motorola campus in Harvard, Ill., about 60 miles northwest of Chicago, is shown Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001. The company announced it will close its cell-phone manufacturing plant in Harvard, Ill., and eliminate 2,500 jobs. (AP Photo/Charles Bennett) Cook …

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