Surveillance Cameras in Chicago: Extensive, Pervasive and Unregulated

Yesterday, the ACLU of Illinois released a new report detailing the threats to privacy Chicagoans face under the watchful eyes of that city’s growing surveillance camera system. The report is the first large-scale, independent study of the city’s integrated surveillance system — a system former Department of Homeland Security Secretary …

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Illinois House Passes Smoking Exemption for Casinos

Kyle Hillman: Always Bet on Money It is one of those bills the average person finds hard to believe. In a state controlled by Democrats at all three levels, the corporation still finds a way to win. This wackiness can’t be blamed on a Republican overreach, like we’ve seen on …

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Reporter Mick Dumke Sues City Of Chicago Over FOIA Rejections

The Huffington Post Jen Sabella For years, the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke has been reporting on everything from the city’s misuse of TIF funds to its lack of recycling. Shedding light on the city’s shortcomings is definitely a way to get on Mayor Daley’s nerves (as most Chicago journalists know) …

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Radiation from Japan found in Will County

By Bob Okon [email protected] Mar 31, 2011 2:19AM Radiation believed to be from the Japanese nuclear disaster has been found in Will County, state officials said today. State emergency management officials emphasized that the radiation is at levels so low that it poses no risk. “These findings are not surprising …

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Big-money donors wanted for Emanuel inauguration

Posted by Kristen Mack and Hal Dardick at 2:01 p.m. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel is looking for private donors to bankroll his inauguration, offering potential donors yet another way to show their appreciation as he prepares to take office next month. Individuals who give $50,000 can garner “co-chair” status on Emanuel’s …

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City stickers for most cars could cost more

By John Byrne Tribune reporter Owners of gas-guzzling cars in Chicago could see city sticker shock to go with the pain at the pump if an alderman’s plan to increase the cost of the annual stickers is approved. Ald. Joe Moreno, 1st, hopes to raise about $21 million per year …

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Lawsuit: Arlington Heights cop’s negligence led to rape of intoxicated girl

An Arlington Heights police officer responding to an underage drinking complaint let a 20-year-old felon and two drunk teenage boys go without question – despite the fact that they were toting around a possibly unconscious underage girl. Minutes later the three males were caught raping the girl in a laundry …

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Like Something Out Of A Movie: Alleged Shakedown On Metra Film Location

Send Your Tips To Pam Zekman April 11, 2011 10:00 PM From 2 Investigators CHICAGO (CBS) — The movie industry has brought millions of dollars to the Chicago area, shooting scenes all over the city and suburbs. One or more Metra employees may have tried to get a piece of …

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Blagojevich Prosecutors Ask Judge To Bar Defense’s Wiretap Argument

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Rod Blagojevich’s corruption case have asked a judge to bar defense attorneys from arguing at the former Illinois governor’s upcoming retrial that playing all the hundreds of hours of secret FBI recordings would prove his innocence. Blagojevich and his lawyers have complained for years that the …

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Goose Island’s Greg Hall Urinated Into Beer Glasses at the Bar

April 11, 2011|By Josh Noel It wasn’t celebrating the $38 million acquisition of his family’s brewery by Anheuser-Busch – it was just a birthday party. But it ended with a bartender saying that Goose Island brewmaster Greg Hall urinated into two beer glasses while standing at the bar and Hall …

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