Investigative reporter and weekly political columnist at the Chicago Sun-Times
THE WATCHDOGS: Longtime Chicago Teamsters boss John T. Coli Sr.’s brief tenure as head of a Mokena local Mokena proved lucrative for his son’s firm.
Keeping Chicago a two-paper town is vital to fulfilling the watchdog role of the media here. Competition between reporters drives our best efforts.
THE WATCHDOGS: More than a year into hiring surge, 14 of Chicago’s 22 police districts have fewer beat cops than they did when the push was announced.
According to the letter from lawyer Frank Avila Jr., Raila wanted $600,000. Or some lesser — but still “significant” — amount of money, Avila wrote.
“Were you for revenue?” Preckwinkle shot back at Republican Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak, according to the sources.
The idea is that the grown-ups get in a little physical activity even as they still can keep a wary eye on the kids.
MIHALOPOULOS: Michael Negron, a former high-ranking aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is now part of a crowded field running to become Emanuel’s alderman.
In a lawsuit pending in federal court here, Crawl says the car she got was “an unsafe and undrivable ‘lemon.’”
But while Emanuel tried to keep a low profile during this election season, the mayor’s political-action committee still was writing some checks.
With 73 percent of precincts counted Tuesday, Garcia led with with nearly 67 percent.
The move to “debar” Jewel’s Bus Co. comes a year and a half after federal prosecutors charged owner Jewel Lockhart with tax evasion.
How you vote also will go a long way toward answering these six burning questions about Chicago and Illinois politics.
Marijuana industry interests are financially backing Cook County Board hopeful Bridget Degnen, who formerly regulated medical cannabis dispensaries.