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Where is dead Bridgeport banker’s yacht?

The feds are trying to recover lost millions after the 2017 failure of clout-heavy Washington Federal Bank for Savings.

Police union fires back at Lightfoot over reform measures

The Fraternal Order of Police insisted they’ve "accepted reform" — and then rattled off a host of reasons they say the consent decree is "senseless" and bad for the city.

City clerk says Lightfoot nixed plan to abolish her office in favor of working together to reduce punitive fines

City Clerk Anna Valencia says every mayoral candidate promises to abolish the city clerk’s office and city treasurer’s office, but "once you get into governing, it’s a lot different than campaigning."

Court rules county retirees entitled to health care no matter who last employer was

Illinois Appellate Court Judge Sheldon Harris wrote that the board "exceeded its authority when it implemented the ‘last-employer’ rule. The rule is declared void and unenforceable."

Lightfoot renews threat to remove police officers from Chicago Public Schools

The mayor responded to a blistering audit by Inspector General Joe Ferguson that accused the Chicago Police Department of continuing to operate in schools without oversight and training.

Outside firm will administer $100-million-a-year workers’ comp program that Burke ran without oversight

As of March 31, it had roughly 1,300 "open" claims that have cost the city $294.5 million and counting.

FDIC wants $14.5 million from dead Bridgeport banker’s estate over massive fraud

Feds blast John F. Gembara’s handling of clout-heavy Washington Federal Bank for Savings, saying he gave no-collateral ‘loan advances’ without expecting repayment.

Alderman proposes noise monitors on Lake Shore Drive to crack down on loud motorcycles

Ald. Brian Hopkins wants the city to use power granted in a state law two years ago to crack down on noisy bikers on unmufflered motorcycles who often keep up lakefront residents at night.

Lightfoot showcases her form of ‘democracy’ at 2nd City Council meeting

From acknowledging public commenters to releasing a full meeting schedule for the year, the new mayor’s leadership style was in full view.

Solis replacement demands review of permits and licenses approved by disgraced alderman

The request by Ald. Byron Sigcho Lopez came two weeks after a racketeering and extortion indictment against Ald. Edward Burke (14th) revealed details of Solis’ two years of undercover work for the feds.

One day after rejecting $3.7M settlement, Finance Committee and full Council easily approve it

Phone calls from the mayor’s office convinced aldermen to sign off on the settlement stemming from a drunk driving accident in River West that left a young woman paralyzed from the waist down.

Families of bullied students call on Lightfoot, Foxx to probe CPS policy

"Too many incidents have happened," said Teirra Black, whose 11-year-old son attempted suicide.

Dinner with Oprah on Lightfoot’s personal ‘Favorite Things’ list?

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her wife joined Oprah Winfrey last Thursday for dinner during a trip Lightfoot took to California to headline a fundraiser for former Sen. Barbara Boxer’s PAC.

Ferguson urges Lightfoot to yank residential street resurfacing from $66 million-a-year aldermanic menu program

The city’s inspector general says city transportation department needs "full authority to coordinate construction impacting the public way."

Chairing first Finance Committee meeting, Waguespack suffers embarrassing defeat

Colleagues rejected a $3.7 million settlement stemming from a drunk-driving accident in River West that left a woman paralyzed.

City accused of ‘towing without telling’

A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Chicagoan with multiple sclerosis says her van was snatched off the street and sold for scrap while it was parked legally in front of her home.

Here’s how the city should fix its unfair ticketing policies, group says

The task force was spearheaded by City Clerk Anna Valencia and included local officials, academics, advocates, nonprofits and everyday residents.

Family of woman killed in crash says cops rushed to scene ‘like it was World War III’

The victim’s family says video shows the fatal crash was a "100 percent an avoidable situation."

City’s new LED lighting program may be putting some communities in the dark

Some neighborhoods on the South Side say lights not bright enough to illuminate sidewalks

Two weeks after winning test of legislative muscle, Lightfoot’s relationship with City Council could be headed for early turbulence

Turmoil could be ahead between the mayor and City Council members.

Lightfoot takes baby steps to revive Chicago’s moribund community policing program

Two years ago, an advisory committee proposed a top-to-bottom overhaul of Chicago’s community policing program. Little of that plan has been implemented.

CHA program helps woman move into home next door to her parents

Niesha Chism moved into the South Chicago home in April.

FOP denounces Lightfoot-repeated rumor as ‘wholly false and offensive’

The mayor tried to defuse the situation Monday: ‘What I said was, I heard a rumor and I hope that’s not true. That piece of it hasn’t been picked up in the news media.’

Lightfoot spreads rumor that police union told cops not to police: ‘I hope to God that wasn’t true’

The BGA is not in the habit of delving into a claim prefaced as rumor, but the mayor’s suggestion cried out for a closer look.

For $1.15 million, you can become Lori Lightfoot’s next-door neighbor

The Chicago mayor’s neighbor listed the Logan Square home on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush apologizes for ugly campaign rhetoric

Congressman tries to mend fences with newly-minted mayor.

Lightfoot urged to embrace $19B One Central development

Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce CEO Jack Lavin defends project 2 days after mayor reads the riot act to developer Bob Dunn.

Top Chicago business leader opposes $15 minimum wage, demands changes to ‘fair workweek’ ordinance

"You can’t use the business community as a piggybank . . . they’re not gonna create as many jobs. Companies aren’t gonna locate here and invest here," Jack Lavin said.

Former Ald. Cochran’s plea: Prison hasn’t stopped corruption — so don’t lock me up

"Since sending the previous aldermen to jail has not done anything to curb Chicago’s tidal wave of aldermanic corruption cases, there is no reason to think that sending Mr. Cochran to jail will," the former alderman’s lawyer wrote.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Palm Springs: taps gay donor network, headlines Boxer PAC fundraiser

Mayor Lightfoot, in California will headline a Friday fundraiser for a PAC run by former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. "We are very excited to meet her," Boxer told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lightfoot choice gets an earful about Chicago’s affordable housing crisis

Housing commissioner nominee Marisa Novara was among those who argued that former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to build or preserve 40,000 homes didn’t go far enough.

CTA could be forced to repay feds over unfinished Block 37 project

Feds could demand money back because the unfinished basement isn’t being used for mass transit.