Need a Job? Narc on Parking Meter Sketches!

Emily Zanotti on 12.17.10 at 11:51 AM Need extra cash for the holidays? Turns out you can make $8.50 an hour selling out fellow Chicagoans who’ve overstayed their welcome at the city’s parking meters. SERCO, the company that supplements Chicago’s parking ticket enforcement by supplying the city with a non-union …

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EPA sets deadlines for pipeline spill cleanup

December 18, 2010 10:07 AM The EPA order issued Friday requires the companies to develop plans to finish the cleanup and restoration of the spill area. EPA officials say the spill is near wetlands that house several endangered species. Federal officials say about 21,000 gallons of oil were released in …

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City Clerk candidate: Sell ads on city stickers

Chicago motorists may soon pay to be advertised to. BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Dec 18, 2010 06:52AM The flip-side of Chicago’s 1.25 million city stickers would carry advertising to generate $15 million-a-year — enough to hire 100 new police officers and give motorists a modest break — under …

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City inspector gets 3 years for demanding, taking bribes

A city building inspector was sentenced Friday to three years in federal prison for demanding and accepting bribes from developers to approve inspections at construction sites. Jose Hernandez was convicted following a trial in September on bribery charges and sentenced Friday for soliciting or obtaining cash bribes totaling about $30,000 …

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Bogus firehouse drill nets suspensions for 2

But Fire Department response to home remodeling allegation less severe than city recommendation December 17, 2010|By Hal Dardick and Todd Lighty, Tribune reporters Ten on-duty Chicago firefighters helped a colleague renovate his home under the guise of a training exercise, but they were spotted by neighbors who knew an abuse …

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Full-Body Scanner Unveiled at Midway Airport in Chicago

Full-Body Scanner Deployed at Midway Airport Updated: Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010, 12:29 PM CS Associated Press Chicago’s Midway Airport is joining the long list of airports that have deployed full-body scanners. They’re designed to detect nonmetallic weapons. But some travelers complain the scanners are unnecessarily intrusive and embarrassing. Other critics …

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Pay-to-play infects Chicago beer market, Crain’s investigation finds

What went down at the Wit is but one example of the fierce, behind-the-scenes struggle for dominance in Chicago’s $500-million-a-year beer market. The city is one of the last contested territories for the nation’s two beer giants—Anheuser-Busch InBev N.V. and MillerCoors LLC, an affiliate of SABMiller PLC—which wage a proxy …

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