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  • Kris Bryant to start, bat clean-up in Chicago Cubs debut

    CHICAGO — One of the best prospects the Chicago  Cubs have had in a long time is now in the big leagues. The Cubs called up Kris Bryant to debut in Friday’s home game against the San Diego Padres. Bryant had a strong spring training with the Cubs, hitting nine home runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats, But the team decided to start him in AAA-Iowa so they could keep him under contract for another year. Cubs President Theo […]

  • Candidates for Chicago mayor in last weekend of campaign

    CHICAGO–The candidates for Mayor have one last weekend to win over voters. Challenger Jesus Garcia spent part of Friday morning campaigning in the Logan Square neighborhood. Mayor Rahm Emanuel took some time to call Chicagoans on the phone and urge them to get out and vote. Garcia and his supporters ripped the Mayor for the poor financial shape of Chicago Public Schools,  arguing that he’s too connected to big banks to renegotiate  high interest rates charged against the city. Emanuel […]

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    LIST: Spring break ‘safe havens’ for Chicago kids

    CHICAGO — Thousands of Chicago Public School kids with few or no options now have a place to go during spring break. Mayor Emanuel is announcing expansion of the Safe Haven program at community centers and churches throughout the city. The program will offer up to 8,000 students a positive and safe environment during next week’s break. It includes enrichment activities and meals. Safe Haven also provides kids with after-school, summer and winter programming throughout the year. There are 120 […]

  • Emanuel wooing Indiana businesses upset with ‘religious freedom’ law

    CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to take advantage of the backlash from Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” law. Emanuel has sent letters to several Indiana businesses, urging them to cross the border into Chicago. In a letter to a business in East Chicago, IN., the mayor writes: “Today, you cannot succeed in the global economy if you discriminate against your residents by treating them like second-class citizens. As Governor Pence changes state law to take Indiana backwards,  I urge […]

  • Garcia attacks, Emanuel defends, in post-debate appearances

    CHICAGO –The candidates for Chicago mayor returned to the neighborhoods Friday, one day after a heated, televised debate. Challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia was on the West Side Friday morning picking up the endorsement of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. Later, he appeared at a West Side church with Rev Jesse Jackson. On the other side of town, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with Congressman Bobby Rush and CTA President Forest Claypool, announced the expansion of the CTA’S Second Chance program which puts […]

  • CPD records show officers stop blacks more than whites, Hispanics

    CHICAGO — The American Civil Liberties Union accuses Chicago police officers of racial profiling and an excessive use of its “stop and frisk” policy. The ACLU says the police made more than 250,000 stops that did not lead to an arrest last summer. That’s four times more than stops done in New York. The ACLU says police data shows blacks were stopped 72 percent of the time while whites were stopped nine percent of the time. Police officials say they prohibit racial […]

  • Home for single moms proposed for NW Side

    CHICAGO — The city of Chicago is considering a proposal to turn a vacant convent on the Northwest Side into a home for new, unwed mothers. But some neighbors are fighting the idea. The non-profit Catholic group,  Aid for Women,  wants to convert the former convent at St Pascal’s Parish in the Portage Park neighborhood. The plan calls for housing seven mothers and their newborns in rooms once used by nuns. Neighbors opposed to the idea say the rooms are […]

  • Groups beg Illinois lawmakers to prevent funding cuts

    CHICAGO — Groups servicing children, the mentally ill, the disabled and the homeless pleaded with Illinois lawmakers Monday to spare them from budget cuts. At the Bilandic Building in Chicago Monday,  representatives from 10 organizations testified before the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee that the cuts would hurt their ability to help the state’s most vulnerable segments of society. Gov. Bruce Rauner says the cuts are needed to help pull the state out of the red.

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    Mayoral candidates offer details on budget plans

    CHICAGO — Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia spelled out his plan to handle the city’s budget crisis while paying for programs he’s pushing on the campaign trail. Both Garcia and Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been short on details about how to pay for city services in the face of a growing budget deficit. In television ads, Emanuel has implied Garcia would raise taxes to balance the budget. Garcia held a news conference Friday morning to give details on cutting […]

  • Garcia, Emanuel cross paths Monday as runoff approaches

    CHICAGO — Incumbent Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia crossed paths Monday in the campaign for Chicago mayor. They both worked for votes during a Pulaski Day celebration at the Polish Museum of America in the West Town Neighborhood. Their close encounter came as a new poll was released showing Garcia and Emanuel in a dead heat heading into next month’s runoff. A poll of a thousand voters by Ogden & Fry has Emanuel leading Garcia 42.9% to 38.5%. […]

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