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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.

17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam: Watchdogs

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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.

17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam

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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.

Chicago crews to start dibs demolition

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Dibs isn’t dead in Chicago, but it’s about to take a break after one last weekend. On Monday, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will start carting away the lawn chairs, beat-up couches and discarded toys that have helped Chicagoans stake claim to cherished parking spaces they have cleared of snow.

Some Chicago strip clubs could sell booze under plan advanced by aldermen

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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.

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.

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.

In national contest, city’s big buildings eye the green savings

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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.

University of Chicago crime lab awarded $1M MacArthur Foundation grant

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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.

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.

Mayoral run for CTU’s Karen Lewis? Spouse sour on being first husband

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SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis came to Springfield Wednesday to rally against possible pension cuts to city teachers but left town being urged to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. By her own and other union members. Chants of “Run for Mayor!” filled the Capitol rotunda, where unionized city workers gathered to hear her speak. Afterwards, Lewis seemed to suggest she’s staying put in 2015, when Emanuel faces re-election, but she also didn’t close any doors.

Attorney General Madigan to call for new petcoke rules

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will announce legislation Wednesday that will require petcoke loading facilities across the state to fully enclose materials if located within 5,000 feet of a neighborhood.

The bill, created by Madigan’s office and Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), is in response …

Police officer sues over transfer from department’s news media office

A former officer in the Chicago Police Department’s news office has filed a lawsuit alleging she was unjustly transferred out of the department after she reported that another officer yelled and swore at her during a workplace confrontation.

Laura Kubiak, now a patrol officer who …

Pension overhaul shouldn’t slash retirement income: city unions

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A coalition of government unions on Monday trotted out seven everyday city employees and retirees to make their case against pension reforms that would sharply reduce the retirement income of employees who are not eligible for Social Security. During a news conference in Chicago, a police officer, a firefighter, a parking enforcement aide, a teacher, a pair of nurses and an audio-visual technician all carried the same message to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his Springfield allies.

State trumps city on rules for pot sites

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Marijuana sellers should be able to open a medical dispensary in the center of Chicago, state officials said in recently unveiled documents. Proposed rules by the state would allow up to 13 dispensaries to open all around the city to be sure patients throughout could easily fill their marijuana prescriptions.

Business group balks at plan to restrict petcoke facilities in Chicago

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Prohibiting petcoke facilities from opening in Chicago will cost jobs and affect the city’s revenue, the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association said Wednesday. The group was responding to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s announcement that he’ll propose an ordinance at next month’s City Council meeting to prohibit new petcoke facilities from opening anywhere in Chicago and stop existing facilities from expanding.