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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.

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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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      A primer on e-cigarettes

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      Smokers are increasingly turning to battery-powered electronic cigarettes to get their nicotine fix. They’re about to find out what federal regulators have to say about Read More