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[ Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case  ]]> Lead story image

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29534391-452/judge-rips-defendants-but-dismisses-cover-up-suit-in-koschman-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29534391-452/judge-rips-defendants-but-dismisses-cover-up-suit-in-koschman-case.html <![CDATA[ Key CPD lieutenant had secret meeting with Koschman detective ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: As the Chicago Police Department began re-investigating a homicide involving a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley, a high-ranking cop met secretly with the retired detective who hadn't solved the case seven years earlier, according to records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times. The meeting was in January 2011 — the same month the original police file on the David Koschman case was reported missing. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:37:25 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29255603-761/key-cpd-lieutenant-had-secret-meeting-with-koschman-detective.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29255603-761/key-cpd-lieutenant-had-secret-meeting-with-koschman-detective.html <![CDATA[ CPS scraps South Side campus plan for controversial charter school operator ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Public Schools officials are not allowing a beleaguered charter school operator to open a planned South Side campus next month, a CPS source has confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:31:52 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29394490-761/cps-scraps-south-side-campus-plan-for-controversial-charter-school-operator.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29394490-761/cps-scraps-south-side-campus-plan-for-controversial-charter-school-operator.html <![CDATA[ Nearly $1 million from charters went to firms identified in FBI probe ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Contractors facing scrutiny in an ongoing investigation of Concept Schools have been paid nearly $1 million over the past three years for work at three Chicago Public Schools-funded campuses run by the charter operator, records show. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:38:18 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29255484-761/nearly-1-million-from-charters-went-to-firms-identified-in-fbi-probe.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29255484-761/nearly-1-million-from-charters-went-to-firms-identified-in-fbi-probe.html <![CDATA[ Watchdogs: 3 homes, over $200K in pay for CTU boss Lewis, who may challenge ‘Mayor 1%’ ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago Teachers Union boss and potential mayoral challenger Karen Lewis, who has railed against the influence of the wealthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “Mayor 1%,” has three homes, including a condo in Hawaii, and is paid more than $200,000 a year in union salaries, records show. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:24:40 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28978420-761/watchdogs-3-homes-over-200k-in-pay-for-ctu-boss-lewis-who-may-challenge-mayor.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28978420-761/watchdogs-3-homes-over-200k-in-pay-for-ctu-boss-lewis-who-may-challenge-mayor.html <![CDATA[ Taxpayers' millions lure conventions to McCormick Place, Rosemont ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: When conventions and trade shows threaten to leave McCormick Place or Rosemont for Orlando, Las Vegas or elsewhere, convention center officials sweeten the pot, tapping a pool of taxpayer money they guard so tightly they’ve tried to keep secret how it’s spent, the Chicago Sun-Times has found. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:22:17 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28962542-761/taxpayers-millions-lure-conventions-to-mccormick-place-rosemont.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28962542-761/taxpayers-millions-lure-conventions-to-mccormick-place-rosemont.html <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: Rauner splashing cash around to help fellow Republicans ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Even as he has poured $9.6 million of his own money into his campaign, Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, also has been dippping more heavily into his personal wealth to help finance GOP candidates and groups, records show. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 10:22:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28996571-761/the-watchdogs-rauner-splashing-cash-around-to-help-fellow-republicans.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28996571-761/the-watchdogs-rauner-splashing-cash-around-to-help-fellow-republicans.html <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: Chicago Board of Ed President David Vitale’s bank would benefit from charter-school deal ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: David Vitale, the president of the Chicago Board of Education, runs a bank that stands to benefit from a proposal for a new charter school on the South Side that’s set to come before the school board for approval later this month. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:12:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29135967-761/chicago-board-of-ed-president-david-vitales-bank-would-benefit-from-charter-school-deal.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/29135967-761/chicago-board-of-ed-president-david-vitales-bank-would-benefit-from-charter-school-deal.html <![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.” ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:25:26 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28927100-418/cop-fired-over-2009-death-sues-to-get-his-job-back.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28927100-418/cop-fired-over-2009-death-sues-to-get-his-job-back.html <![CDATA[ Legislative I.G. has financial ties to Madigan, other lawmakers ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: J. William Roberts' mix of political and prosecutorial experience was key to getting the job of legislative inspector general. But it could raise questions about his ability to impartially investigate lawmakers, including Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 06:08:19 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28684511-761/legislative-ig-has-financial-ties-to-madigan-other-lawmakers.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28684511-761/legislative-ig-has-financial-ties-to-madigan-other-lawmakers.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. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:38:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28824230-761/daley-will-not-be-called-to-testify-in-park-grill-trial.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/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. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:07:58 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28683284-761/city-hall-fighting-cop-ex-supt-cline-refused-to-punish.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/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 ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:52:42 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28733940-761/police-board-fired-cops-reprehensible-conduct-led-to-womans-death.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28733940-761/police-board-fired-cops-reprehensible-conduct-led-to-womans-death.html <![CDATA[ The Watchdogs: West Side liquor-license flap a study in clout ]]> Lead story image

The new Pete’s Fresh Market on the West Side sells liquor — even though it’s next door to a church, and state law bans liquor sales within 100 feet of churches and schools. So how can Pete’s sell beer, wine and spirits? With a little help from influential friends including Ald. Edward M. Burke (14th), who’s gotten tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the grocer in the past two years. ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 06:30:27 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28602860-761/the-watchdogs-west-side-liquor-license-flap-a-study-in-clout.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28602860-761/the-watchdogs-west-side-liquor-license-flap-a-study-in-clout.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. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:29:43 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28589824-761/insider-in-park-grill-deal-didnt-reveal-babys-father.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/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. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:22:45 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28545977-418/judge-to-daley-lawyers-show-me-why-former-mayor-shouldnt-testify-in-park-grill-case.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28545977-418/judge-to-daley-lawyers-show-me-why-former-mayor-shouldnt-testify-in-park-grill-case.html <![CDATA[ Exclusive: City Hall’s financial time bomb ]]> Lead story image

Already facing a host of financial worries, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration could be stuck with a nearly $200 million tab as a result of betting heavily on risky interest-rate “swaps” under former Mayor Richard M. Daley. ]]> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 06:23:22 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28137400-761/exclusive-city-halls-financial-time-bomb.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28137400-761/exclusive-city-halls-financial-time-bomb.html <![CDATA[ FBI raids on Concept Schools included Rogers Park school, Des Plaines offices ]]>

FBI raids targeting Concept Schools included the national charter-school operator’s Des Plaines headquarters and a school in Rogers Park. ]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:54:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28037722-452/fbi-raids-on-concept-schools-included-rogers-park-school-des-plaines-offices.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/watchdogs/28037722-452/fbi-raids-on-concept-schools-included-rogers-park-school-des-plaines-offices.html