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Lightfoot on Obama Center negotiations: Under Rahm, too much ‘whatever you want, you get’

Mayor Lightfoot told the Sun-Times she will be more aggressive than former Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in negotiating final Obama Presidential Center details.

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Elizabeth Warren backs Kim Foxx, calls prosecutor ‘a champion ... who leads with compassion’

The Warren endorsement is the latest for Foxx. Last week, John Legend and Color Of Change PAC, the political action committee of the nation’s largest online racial justice group, endorsed the first-term prosecutor.

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CHA gave $76M deal to movie studio head’s group while he was an FBI mole

Cinespace Chicago Film Studios president Alexander Pissios and his partners — The Habitat Co. and Mount Sinai Hospital — stand to share in $4 million-plus in fees on a deal Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Housing Authority appointees gave them.

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In study of nation’s 75 largest cities, Chicago ranks next to last in fiscal health

Based on 2018 audited financial statements, Truth in Accounting gives Chicago an "F" with a debt burden of $34.4 billion; that’s $37,100 per taxpayer. New York ranked last, with $186.7 billion, or $63,100 per taxpayer.

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CPD decommissions ‘Strategic Subject List’

The Chicago Police Department had used analytics to identify which prior arrestees would be most likely to carry out — or be victims of — shootings.

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$20 million investment in South, West sides will target housing, economic development

The money, from Fifth Third Bank, is intended for projects that can "transform affordable housing, revitalize the local retail economy and create jobs," said Mitchell Feiger, Fifth Third’s regional chairman and CEO.

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Amazon to build distribution center in Pullman, bringing 100s of jobs: alderman

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) said the news is "absolutely huge for the city of Chicago and for the South Side." But the Chicago Federation of Labor opposes a property tax break that Beale said the project will need.

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Lightfoot to launch waste management study, hopes to find way to improve Chicago’s dismal recycling rate

It’s not clear if the study will look at replacing Chicago’s $9.50-a-month garbage collection fee with a volume-based fee that gives people a financial incentive to recycle. But one of the mayor’s closest City Council allies said it should.

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Lightfoot takes in Trump’s impeachment trial from the Senate gallery

As the mayor watched Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding, she wondered what the trial "will do for him in thinking about a very divided court."

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Beale wins ballot battle — with just three signatures to spare

An independent handwriting expert reviewed the nine contested signatures and determined they were genuine, giving Beale just three more than the minimum required. "The amount of resources that has to go towards this is totally unjust," Beale said.

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Those federal indictments of Illinois politicians? Coming any day now. Maybe.

We still anticipate plenty of action on the political corruption front coming out of 219 S. Dearborn. But we’ve lowered our expectations about the timing.

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Lightfoot’s most powerful City Council ally urges her to abandon threat to abolish aldermanic prerogative over zoning

Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), Lightfoot’s handpicked chairman of the City Council’s Finance Committee, says it’s a fight the mayor would lose.

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‘Critical moment’ for $8.7B O’Hare Airport expansion project

Chicago-based architectural giant Skidmore, Owings & Merrill signs a five-year, $140 million contract to design two new satellite concourses.

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Civilian police review will finally pass City Council in February or March, alderman says

Ald. Chris Taliaferro, chairman of the Committee on Public Safety, said negotiators for the Grassroots Alliance for Police Accountability and the mayor’s office are close to a deal that includes at least a partially-elected board.

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Planning agency revises rules for public input

Changes will give Chicagoans advance notice of hearings that involve major developments.

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Plan Commission advances North Side, West Loop projects

Deals includes developments on the old Treasure Island and Vienna Beef sites

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Chicago’s Smart911 system off to a painfully slow start

In 2018, Rahm Emanuel asked Chicagoans to create "safety profiles" with a new system he called "Smart911." He insisted information would be secure. Sixteen months later, City Hall said, only 15,500 people have done so.

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Chicago’s 911 emergency center to get a $75 million upgrade

The 20-year-old computer-aided dispatch system that forms the guts of Chicago’s 911 center will be replaced by a new system that accepts texts, photos and videos from emergency scenes.

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CPS layoffs didn’t discriminate against black teachers, judge says in dismissing CTU’s class-action lawsuit

The judge ruled CPS was engaged in a "reasonable and practical" layoff process in 2011.

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Alderman’s brother accused of being AWOL from city job on New Year’s Eve

Matthew Osterman got a five-day suspension after being accused of filling out a fraudulent ‘edit sheet’ that claimed he was at work for the Water Management Department.

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Lightfoot alters Rahm Emanuel’s Neighborhood Opportunity Fund to make it her own

The changes pave the way for businesses to recoup 100% of a project’s total price tag, provided they are owned and staffed by local residents.

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Police and fire overtime continue to surge in Chicago

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she was "angry and frustrated" and planned to hold then Police Supt. Eddie Johnson accountable for reining in an abuse that beleaguered taxpayers "can’t afford." The message apparently fell on deaf ears.

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Lightfoot planning anti-poverty summit to bring ‘transformational change’ to neglected neighborhoods

"We, as a city, will turn in a different direction and make sure that we leave no one behind because of their race, their gender or ZIP code," the mayor said.

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Cigar, hookah lounge owners say if they can’t sell weed, new smoking license makes no sense

While some Chicago smoke shops are interested in allowing pot smoking, proposed restrictions are unworkable.

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Are coach houses the answer to Chicago’s affordable housing problem?

They are found all over Chicago but are frowned upon by city zoning rules. Whether that should change is a topic expected to get more discussion this year.

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More than 100,000 students missed the latest CPS strike makeup days

Student attendance was 62% on the second makeup day stemming from last fall’s 11-day teachers strike.

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In Chicago, yesterday’s reform is tomorrow’s reform

Or haven’t we been down this road previously?

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The Fran Spielman Show

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Chicago Teachers Union Inc.: How the clout-heavy labor group spends its money

We examined how the CTU uses its considerable financial muscle and found nearly $1.5 million from its dues-funded budget went to politics and lobbying over 15 months. And a union foundation cut back sharply on charitable giving.

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Assessment finds Obama Center could adversely affect historic boulevards

The Chicago Park Boulevard System wasn’t mentioned in previous reports about unfavorable impacts of the Obama Center project.

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Would One Central project help transform the South Side? It might if details can be worked out.

The multibillion-dollar development proposed just west of Soldier Field is touted as a bold plan to turn an ugly railyard into a lakefront jewel and boost public transit.

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City manager accused of sexually harassing co-workers and members of the public

Sexual misconduct was once again a focus of Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s quarterly report Thursday.

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Lightfoot to spend $7.5 million to expand street outreach to combat gang violence

The seven-fold increase can’t come soon enough for Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck, who says the collaboration "can address gang and gun violence in a way that no police officer can."

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Madigan’s handpicked alderman accused of engaging in ‘prohibited political activity’

Inspector General Joe Ferguson’s quarterly report accuses Ald. Marty Quinn (13th) of putting his name and Mike Madigan’s on a graffiti blaster bought in 2013 with taxpayer money.