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    City Council approves Chicago property tax rebate plan

    CHICAGO–The Chicago City Council has approved a property tax rebate to ease the sting of Mayor Emanuel’s record property tax hike. Homeowners making $75,000 or less can qualify for rebates of up to $200. The council is also expected to approve $4.3 million in payouts to people who were victims of police misconduct. The alderman Wednesday passed an ordinance to keep city workers from trapping coyotes. City officials say coyotes help kill rats . They say the city should spend […]

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    Chicago donates ambulance to Mexico

    CHICAGO — Chicago is donating an ambulance to Mexico. The ambulance will be used to transport child burn victims. The ambulance was on display Friday at Engine Company 13, 259 N. Columbus Dr. The ambulance was given a fresh coat of paint before being sent south. Six years ago, the City of Chicago donated three ambulances to Haiti in response to that country’s devastating earthquake.

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    Illinois lawmakers call on Auditor General Frank Mautino to resign

    CHICAGO — The man in charge of watching how the state of Illinois spends its money is facing questions about his own finances. A group of state lawmakers says the Auditor General Frank Mautino should resign. The General Assembly appointed Mautino to a 10-year term as auditor general in October. The issues stem from Mautino’s days as a state representative. Lawmakers say a series of questionable transactions from Mautino’s campaign account were discovered, including $200,000 spent on gas and vehicle repairs […]

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    Reward offered as search for suspects in Hazel Crest triple murder continues

    HAZEL CREST, Ill. — Police in the south suburbs are offering a $6,000 reward for information leading to the capture of suspects in a triple murder. Dionus Neely, 39, and his daughters 10-year-old Elle and 3-year-old India were shot and killed inside their home in Hazel Crest early Saturday. The mother and two other children were home and in the room at the time but were able to escape unharmed. Hazel Crest police say they think it was a targeted […]

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    Illinois road construction projects threatened by budget stalemate

    CHICAGO — Road construction projects across Illinois will grind to a halt later this week, if the state’s budget impasse isn’t resolved. The state has about $2 billion tied up in road work. Many of the projects, including work on the Jane Byrne Interchange, are only half done. But they’ll all stop this Friday, July 1 without a budget agreement. The state’s transportation secretary says stopping and re-starting projects would cost tens of millions of dollars in “avoidable” costs. Gov. […]

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    Police investigate Rogers Park fire as possible hate crime

    CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking into whether a suspected arson case in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood is also a hate crime. A 16-year-old boy was arrested and charged with two counts of arson and one count of burglary for allegedly torching a garage in the 7500 block of North Winchester Tuesday morning. The teen was arrested after neighbors spotted him trying to hide in a yard next to the victims’ home while firefighters were still on the scene. […]

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    Illinois budget crisis hurting state investments, Rauner not budging

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. –There’s more fallout from Illinois’ lack of progress on a budget deal. Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced Tuesday that the state has lost millions of dollars in investment income because of the budget stalemate in Springfield. The state has been without a budget for nearly a year, as an epic political standoff between republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and democratic leaders opposed to his agenda continues with no end in sight. Lawmakers have just more than two weeks to reach […]

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    Chicago North Side school warns of attempted luring

    CHICAGO — A warning is going out to families living near a North Side grade school about a report of an attempted child luring incident. Administrators at Bell School in the North Center neighborhood say a female student was walking near Grace and Western Ave. Wednesday when a man tried to lure her into his car. The girl moved away from the car and made it safely back to school. It all happened after the girl left an evening program […]

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    CPD watchdog group pushes for openness in reform process

    CHICAGO — A group of civil rights and criminal justice advocates are calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to keep the police reform debate open and transparent. The group, calling itself The Coalition to Follow up on the Police Accountability Task Force,  delivered a letter to Emanuel at City Hall Wednesday demanding that any steps he takes on police reform be debated in the open, with public input. The task force was set up in the wake of the controversy over […]

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    Another meeting with Gov. Rauner and legislative leaders goes nowhere

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — For the second consecutive day, the Illinois legislative leaders meet in private Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. But they say the tone of the private talks has changed. Republicans accuse Speaker Madigan of abandoning negotiations. Madigan says Democrats will continue meeting to discuss reforms. The speaker says Gov. Rauner is asking for too much. He says the governor is now pushing changes in health care for state retirees. Asked about that, Republican leaders say that’s not true and […]