Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Cop fired over 2009 death sues to get his job back ]]> Lead story image

A Chicago police sergeant fired this month over the 2009 death of a woman he says shot herself with his gun while the two drank together sued the city Monday to try to get his job back. Steven E. Lesner, 48, said the Chicago Police Board’s July 17 decision to fire him was “clearly erroneous.” ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:44:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28927100-418/cop-fired-over-2009-death-sues-to-get-his-job-back.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28927100-418/cop-fired-over-2009-death-sues-to-get-his-job-back.html <![CDATA[ Daley will not be called to testify in Park Grill trial ]]> Lead story image

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley won't have to testify in City Hall’s lawsuit to break a contract the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park was awarded under Daley. ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:54:31 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28824230-761/daley-will-not-be-called-to-testify-in-park-grill-trial.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28824230-761/daley-will-not-be-called-to-testify-in-park-grill-trial.html <![CDATA[ City Hall fighting cop ex-Supt. Cline refused to punish ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: In one of his last acts before retiring from the Chicago Police Department, Supt. Phil Cline refused to discipline a detective who had submitted fraudulent documents to City Hall so he could operate a valet company, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:11:47 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28683284-761/city-hall-fighting-cop-ex-supt-cline-refused-to-punish.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28683284-761/city-hall-fighting-cop-ex-supt-cline-refused-to-punish.html <![CDATA[ Police Board: Fired cop’s ‘reprehensible’ conduct led to woman’s death ]]> Lead story image

Calling his conduct “reprehensible,” the Chicago Police Board fired Sgt. Steven Lesner because his failure to secure his gun “led directly” to the death of a Northwest Side woman, the board said in a ruling Friday. Read More ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:35:30 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28733940-761/police-board-fired-cops-reprehensible-conduct-led-to-womans-death.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28733940-761/police-board-fired-cops-reprehensible-conduct-led-to-womans-death.html <![CDATA[ Insider in Park Grill deal didn’t reveal baby’s father ]]> Lead story image

Laura Foxgrover, a Chicago Park District official who oversaw concessions, testified Thursday that “I never put it in writing that I was having a baby with Matthew O’Malley,” who was then negotiating the biggest concession deal in park district history, the Park Grill restaurant’s 30-year lease at Millennium Park. ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:09:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28589824-761/insider-in-park-grill-deal-didnt-reveal-babys-father.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28589824-761/insider-in-park-grill-deal-didnt-reveal-babys-father.html <![CDATA[ Judge to Daley lawyers: Show me why former mayor shouldn’t testify in Park Grill case ]]> Lead story image

A Cook County judge told lawyers for former Mayor Richard M. Daley on Tuesday they need to show a medical reason why Daley shouldn’t be required to testify in the city’s case that seeks to break a sweetheart deal the Park Grill restaurant got under the former mayor to operate at Millennium Park. ]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:14:12 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28545977-418/judge-to-daley-lawyers-show-me-why-former-mayor-shouldnt-testify-in-park-grill-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/28545977-418/judge-to-daley-lawyers-show-me-why-former-mayor-shouldnt-testify-in-park-grill-case.html <![CDATA[ Daley testimony on hold ]]> Lead story image

Because of delays, it will be at least two months before former Mayor Richard M. Daley testifies in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s court fight to break an exclusive deal that clout-heavy investors got under the Daley administration to operate a restaurant on Michigan Avenue in Millennium Park. ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:10:14 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/27339322-452/daley-testimony-on-hold.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/27339322-452/daley-testimony-on-hold.html <![CDATA[ 17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam: Watchdogs ]]> Lead story image

A former Mississippi sharecropper who landed millions of dollars in contracts from the city of Chicago was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison for his role in a minority-contracting scandal that involved sewer deals held by a company whose investors secretly included then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son and nephew. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:17:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26180669-452/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam-watchdogs.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26180669-452/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam-watchdogs.html <![CDATA[ 17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: A former Mississippi sharecropper who landed millions of dollars in contracts from the city of Chicago was sentenced Thursday for his role in a minority-contracting scandal that involved sewer deals held by a company whose investors secretly included then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son and nephew. ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:34:09 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26192700-761/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26192700-761/17-months-in-prison-for-businessman-in-daley-kin-sewer-scam.html <![CDATA[ New speed cameras to start issuing tickets Sunday ]]>

Tickets will be issued starting Sunday to anyone caught by new automated speed cameras near several Chicago high schools and parks. ]]> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 19:42:00 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26383540-418/new-speed-cameras-to-start-issuing-tickets-sunday.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/26383540-418/new-speed-cameras-to-start-issuing-tickets-sunday.html <![CDATA[ Some Chicago strip clubs could sell booze under plan advanced by aldermen ]]> Lead story image

Chicago is a “world-class city” that should allow “realistic kinds of adult entertainment venues” — including strips clubs that sell liquor — so long as they don’t “create a problem in the neighborhood,” the City Council’s most powerful alderman declared Thursday. With that comment by Ald. Edward Burke (14th), the City Council’s Zoning Committee did something Chicago has refused to do for decades: authorized adult entertainment clubs to sell liquor and offer seminude dancing at the same place, instead of forcing those establishments to choose between the two. ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:19:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25874049-418/some-chicago-strip-clubs-could-sell-booze-under-plan-advanced-by-aldermen.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25874049-418/some-chicago-strip-clubs-could-sell-booze-under-plan-advanced-by-aldermen.html <![CDATA[ Standard & Poor’s reaffirms ‘negative outlook’ for city bonds ]]>

Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Chicago’s A-plus general obligation bond rating with a “negative outlook,” citing the city’s looming pension crisis, its “political unwillingness to raise property taxes” and its “limited capacity to cut spending” because 63 percent of it is tied to public safety. ]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:16:48 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25827936-418/standard-poors-reaffirms-negative-outlook-for-city-bonds.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25827936-418/standard-poors-reaffirms-negative-outlook-for-city-bonds.html <![CDATA[ High-powered lobbyists come out of the shadows at ride-sharing hearing ]]>

Competition between ride-sharing companies and taxicabs is the legislative equivalent of a heavyweight title fight. ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:22:34 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25812547-418/high-powered-lobbyists-come-out-of-the-shadows-at-ride-sharing-hearing.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25812547-418/high-powered-lobbyists-come-out-of-the-shadows-at-ride-sharing-hearing.html <![CDATA[ In national contest, city’s big buildings eye the green savings ]]> Lead story image

Installing motion sensing thermostats and replacing inefficient lighting in the city’s largest buildings are just two ways Chicago is hoping to win a competitive environmental challenge that could save millions. ]]> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 06:09:31 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25702386-418/in-national-contest-citys-big-buildings-eye-the-green-savings.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25702386-418/in-national-contest-citys-big-buildings-eye-the-green-savings.html <![CDATA[ University of Chicago crime lab awarded $1M MacArthur Foundation grant ]]> Lead story image

A University of Chicago think tank whose anti-violence research is being embraced by President Barack Obama and Mayor Rahm Emanuel will receive a $1 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, officials announced Wednesday. ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:35:20 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25697167-418/university-of-chicago-crime-lab-awarded-1m-macarthur-foundation-grant.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25697167-418/university-of-chicago-crime-lab-awarded-1m-macarthur-foundation-grant.html <![CDATA[ Sergeants sue for $5 million in back pay ]]>

The union representing 1,088 Chicago Police sergeants asked a judge Wednesday to order Mayor Rahm Emanuel to pay $5 million in retroactive pay raises with 5 percent interest dating back to November — mandated by an arbitrator’s ruling ratified by the City Council. ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:34:05 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25695989-418/sergeants-sue-for-5-million-in-back-pay.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/25695989-418/sergeants-sue-for-5-million-in-back-pay.html