Former Stroger aide gets 6½ years for theft, money laundering

An ex-aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 6½ years Wednesday for steering more than $300,000 in phony county government contracts to her own company and her pals.


Restaurants and small independents exempt from plastic bag ban

Chicago retailers would be prohibited from putting their merchandise in plastic bags, but restaurants and small independents would be exempt, under a groundbreaking compromise hammered out by the City Council.

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