Feds: Va. Tech broke law in ’07 shooting response

Dec 10 08:41 AM US/Eastern By DENA POTTER RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Federal education officials have found Virginia Tech broke the law when it waited two hours to warn the campus that a gunman was on the loose, too late to save 30 students and faculty who went to class …

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Daley to Quinn: Veto state pension bill

Mayor Daley pleaded with Gov. Quinn on Wednesday to veto a bill that, the mayor warned, would choke Chicago homeowners and businesses with a $550 million property tax increase in 2015 to solve the city’s pension crisis. “They say the taxpayers of Chicago will pay for 100 percent of all …

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Daley annoyed gun registry database not up and running

Mayor Richard Daley on Wednesday said that it’s “annoying” that the Chicago Police Department has yet to set up a database to let police officers and firefighters know how many firearms are registered in each home in the city. The registry was a key piece of Daley’s new gun control …

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Group wants snowy Chicago chair tradition to end

Associated Press 2:32 a.m. CST, December 9, 2010 A Chicago marketing company has launched an effort to try to get neighbors not to put chairs in street parking spaces when they shovel them out after snow storms. via Group wants snowy Chicago chair tradition to end – chicagotribune.com.

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Anonymous recruits Wikileaks ‘data army’

The data war between companies that have refused to do business with Wikileaks and the online activists keen to defend it is getting more intense. The tool through which attacks are carried out against websites perceived to be anti-Wikileaks has now been downloaded more than 31,000 times. Security experts warned …

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Are government workers overpaid?

You know that government employee compensation is a crushing problem when even President Barack Obama dropped a pay freeze bomb on federal employees. Under it, some 2.1 million federal civilian workers would be frozen out of an expected average 1.4 percent pay increase in 2011 and whatever largesse scheduled for …

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle Fires County Whistleblowers

Updated: Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010, 9:27 PM CST Published : Tuesday, 07 Dec 2010, 8:58 PM CST By Dane Placko, FOX Chicago News Chicago – Three Cook County whistleblowers have been fired by new County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. The three employees– Todd Stroger’s scheduler, a secretary in the president’s …

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Ill. plan could include Chicago casino

Ben Bradley December 7, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Negotiations over new casinos in Illinois are building before an expected vote next month in Springfield. The current version of the bill calls for two new riverboat casinos in the suburbs and a land-based casino in the city of Chicago. ABC 7 …

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Chicago City Council considers electric fences

CHICAGO — The Chicago City Council is considering a measure that would allow businesses in the city to install non-lethal electric security fences. The proposal would allow the fences if they don’t border residential or public areas, are surrounded by non-electric perimeter fences and bear posted warnings. The Chicago Tribune …

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White House aide Susan Sher received more than a half-million dollars from the University of Chicago Medical Center, her previous employer, in 2009

WASHINGTON — White House aide Susan Sher earned more than half a million dollars from the University of Chicago Medical Center in 2009, when she left to join the Obama administration only a few weeks into the year, according to a newly released financial disclosure. Sher was general counsel and …

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Chicago Spire: Chicago Spire developer loses control of site

2 local firms have purchased delinquent property taxes Spire developer loses control of site in foreclosure suit Irish developer Garrett Kelleher‘s company has lost control of the site on which he started to build the 2,000-foot Chicago Spire. A Cook County Circuit Court judge has granted a request by Anglo …

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Police expand Taser use on Chicago streets

Number of offenders shot rises sharply December 06, 2010| By Annie Sweeney, Tribune reporter A new report shows that Chicago police used Tasers to subdue nearly 700 offenders over 12 recent months, a dramatic increase that reflects the department’s decision earlier this year to expand its use of the weapons. …

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Midlothian woman accused of stealing $600,000 from Oak Lawn firm

December 4, 2010 BY MICHAEL DRAKULICH A Midlothian woman working as an accountant siphoned off more than $600,000 over a 3 1/2 -year period from an Oak Lawn firm whose funds she was hired to protect, a Cook County assistant state’s attorney said in court Friday. Bail was set at …

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State police probe notary fraud allegations

Invalidating petition signatures could keep Emanuel tenant off mayoral ballot December 03, 2010| By Ray Gibson, Tribune reporter State police are looking into allegations that nominating petitions for five political candidates, including four Chicago mayoral contenders, were fraudulently notarized, a spokeswoman for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White said Friday. …

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‘You won’t be able to sell your house,’ Daley warns :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Politics

December 3, 2010, BY DAVE McKINNEY AND FRAN SPIELMAN Staff Reporters The Illinois Senate on Thursday approved police and firefighter pension legislation that Mayor Daley warned would blow a $550 million hole in the city budget, but the top Senate Democrat pledged to try softening that financial hit next month. …

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