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Chicago Police officers overwhelmingly ratify contract

Chicago Police officers will get an 11-percent pay raise over five years under a contract overwhelmingly ratified Friday that averts arbitration for the first time since 1996.

 

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Clout contractor got $3.1M in CPS work after City Hall ban

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THE WATCHDOGS: Two years ago, the city banned Windy City Electric Co. from getting any more business over allegations it fraudulently landed millions in contracts set aside for companies owned by women. But the ban didn’t keep the politically connected contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools.

Judge in Pakistan recommends former city comptroller be extradited

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Amer Ahmad was arrested in Lahore, Pakistan in late April with a fake Mexican passport, a forged Pakistani visa and thousands of dollars.

Quinn weatherization, jobs program falling short of goals

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THE WATCHDOGS: Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. Five years later, the program has fallen far short of its goals, records and interviews show.

Madigan’s machine: How government workers help speaker keep grip on state

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THE WATCHDOGS: A Chicago Sun-Times examination of campaign-finance records, hiring records, nominating petitions and formerly secret “clout lists” offers a peek inside the political machine that’s made Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan a power beyond Springfield and his Southwest Side base.

911 calls offer new revelations about man accused of setting Aurora FAA fire

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Recordings of 911 calls to Naperville police show how frantic family members and a friend reached out to authorities over concern for the man charged with setting the fire at the Aurora Federal Aviation Authority facility Sept. 26 that caused headaches for air travelers.

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Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid.

Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid.

Thunderstorms early Thursday could disrupt O’Hare, Midway flights

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The National Weather Service predicted that thunderstorms — perhaps packing lightning — will hit the Chicago area sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night.

Rauner’s biggest strength proving to be greatest weakness: Mihalopoulos

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His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee.

CPS students with good GPA could get free ride to City Colleges

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The offer to waive the $200-per-credit-hour fee for an associate degree — and use it as an incentive for CPS students to keep their grades up — is the latest in a series of steps by Mayor Rahm Emanuel toward his goal of making all CPS students “100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound.”

Northeastern Illinois University unveils flashy new building on NW Side

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The unveiling of Northeastern Illinois University’s “El Centro” building — that bright blue-and-yellow modern building that had Kennedy Expressway drivers gazing for months — brought out powerful Chicago politicians and alumni on Tuesday.

Man held without bond in stabbing death of girlfriend, daughter

A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said.

Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems

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The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public School buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and maintain the same level of cleanliness.

Big labor investing in turnout for Quinn, Illinois Democrats

Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question about raising Illinois’ minimum wage which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket.

New poll shows Quinn with 44-42 advantage over Rauner

The Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday shows Quinn leads Rauner by a 44- to 42-percent spread, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.