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The most thorough coverage of Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago's city council, including analysis and news from veteran City Hall reporter Fran Spielman.

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Aldermanic opposition stalls two settlements tied to allegations of police wrongdoing

One stalled settlement is with the family of a man who died in police custody in 2015; the other is with a woman who saw a police officer fatally shoot Laquan McDonald and claims she was pressured to change her story.

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Kim Foxx wins first spot on March primary ballot — but also picks up challenge to her candidacy

Lotteries were held for 29 candidates in seven countywide races; 21 vied for the top spot on the ballot, while eight wanted their names to appear last.

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New life for Chicago Harbor Lighthouse?

Renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates — known for repurposing old buildings for community use — is one of the people considering breathing life back into the deteriorating building.

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Lightfoot’s police purge list follows Eddie’s ouster

Sneed hears the list includes at least six names, including a college buddy of the fired top cop.

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Lightfoot PAC creates website to light a fire under aldermen who opposed her $11.6B budget

The PAC Lightfoot created filled the inboxes of the 11 aldermen who opposed the mayor’s 2020 budget. Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) said Lightfoot’s retaliatory website "shines the light on the true nature of her character: being petty and vindictive."

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CPD, inspector general investigating possible evidence tampering by cop who was out with Eddie Johnson

The officer was transferred from the superintendent’s office three days after Johnson was found asleep in his SUV near his home in Bridgeport.

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Eddie Johnson didn’t just let down the public; he let down the cops who worked for him, too

Because of bad decisions by the now-fired Chicago police superintendent, several police officers are under investigation into a possible cover-up.

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Ravenswood family’s move to Evanston shows why Chicago had better grow its middle class

Raising taxes while cutting back on what people get for their money is a sure way to get them to bail, City at the Crossroads columnist Ed Zotti writes.

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$2.5M in settlements set in 2 deaths tied to allegations of police wrongdoing

The largest of the 2 settlements — for $1.3 million — will go for a 2017 police pursuit case. The second — for $1.2 million — is over a man who died in police custody in July 2015.

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CTA wants answers from Chinese L car manufacturer after NBC report on child labor

The network found child-mined minerals in Madagascar ‘end up in products’ sold by companies including CRRC, which has a $1.3B deal to produce new trains for Chicago.

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Lightfoot headed to Iowa to interview ‘Mayor Pete’ — not to endorse him

Lightfoot will interview South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg as part of a presidential forum hosted by Accelerator for America Action and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Lightfoot denies stalling police contract

The mayor says she "understands the frustration" of police officers. But she questioned whether the FOP can take its demand for an 18% pay hike over three years to arbitration.

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Lightfoot denies she fired Eddie Johnson to make the case for an outsider as top cop

The mayor said Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham is "dead wrong on that."

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Mayor’s office: Eddie Johnson no longer employed by Chicago Police Department

Johnson remained on the city’s payroll Tuesday, returning to his career service rank of lieutenant, but the mayor’s office said Wednesday that he had officially retired.

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Second cop stripped of police powers as COPA investigates body slam incident

The officer who slammed Bernard Kersh to the pavement was stripped of his police powers. Wednesday, COPA said that the agency had recommended another officer — the one who placed Kersh in a police vehicle — also be stripped of his police powers.

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Cop accused of body slamming man took ‘enormous amount of abuse,’ tried de-escalation tactics, FOP president says

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham is accusing the Chicago Police Department of rushing to judgment —before an investigation had even begun — based on a 41-second video posted to social media that tells only part of the story.

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Tired of waiting for new contract, FOP puts demand for 18% pay raise over 3 years to arbitrator

FOP President Kevin Graham said he recommended arbitration to the FOP board after trying and failing to end a cold war with Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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FOP president: Lightfoot jumped the gun in firing Supt. Eddie Johnson

For Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham, it’s a matter of due process denied and an inspector general with a history of "swaying things the way he likes to see them."

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City Council’s Ethics Committee approves lobbying ban

Ethics Committee Chairman Michele Smith says "cross-lobbying" can lead to a "corrupt system."

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Chicago, Cook County agencies receive a D-minus for transparency

City Bureau, a nonprofit civic journalism lab, graded nearly 150 Chicago and Cook County agencies on how they follow the state’s Open Meeting Act.

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Wrigley plaza rules extended to give Cubs, Tunney time to figure out how to relax them

Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) has said he’s open to allowing liquor sales on the plaza and letting the plaza stay open longer than one hour after Cubs games.

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Luxury hotel on La Salle to get $21M in city-backed financing to save energy

The new PACE program’s first loan will go to the $118 million Reserve hotel project.

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Multiple CPD employees under investigation for allegedly covering up Eddie Johnson’s indiscretions

The alleged cover-up took place "that night and the next day" and could end up being "even worse than" the incident itself, said a source familiar with the investigation.

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Lawsuit costs Madigan nearly $900,000 — woman who accused former aide of harassment gets $75,000

"I’m not a money person, and no amount of money is going to give me those three years of my life back," Alaina Hampton told the Sun-Times on Tuesday, adding that she had ultimate trust in her legal team. "I never questioned them."

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Who’s-who of women in Chicago politics pack fundraiser for Lightfoot PAC

Aldermen who voted with Mayor Rahm Emanuel got support from a super PAC created to re-elect Emanuel and boost his City Council majority. Now, Lightfoot is following suit — and will have plenty of money to throw around.

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Eddie Johnson: ‘I did not intentionally mislead or deceive the Mayor or the people of Chicago’

The fired police superintendent issued a statement Tuesday about his dismissal from the top job.

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Interim Police Supt. Charlie Beck on Eddie Johnson: ‘None of us are perfect’

Beck said he and Johnson are friends and will talk during the leadership transition.

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CPD superintendent fired: Eddie Johnson ‘intentionally misled the people of Chicago and he intentionally misled me,’ Lightfoot says

Lightfoot cited the ongoing investigation of an incident in October in which Johnson was found asleep in his car near his Bridgeport home.

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Monday was the last day for candidates to file their petitions. Here’s who’s running

Todd Stroger is back. So is Bob Fioretti. And so is just about every judge except Cara Smith. Here’s the full candidate list with some surprises — and some obvious names.

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Eddie Johnson led CPD during a host of changes

Johnson’s time in charge at CPD, the second-largest police department in the country, was marked by shifts in policy driven almost entirely by the 2015 release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video.

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Pols pull plug on plan to give North Shore properties floodplain property tax breaks

Assessor Fritz Kaegi scrapped plans for "corrections" for more than 1,100 New Trier homeowners after the Board of Review balked on procedural grounds.

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A portrait of Pilsen: Rents are doubling, families are leaving and public schools are being drained

Public elementary schools in the neighborhood enrolled 40% fewer students this school year than they did in 2005, a Sun-Times investigation has found.