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  • 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 you to […]

  • 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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    Schock repays $35K on ‘Downton Abbey’ office rehab

    Illinois congressman Aaron Schock has repaid $35,000 from his personal funds to cover the cost of a lavish decorating job on his Capitol Hill office. The office was re-done in the style of the popular period show “Downton Abbey,” although Schock says he doesn’t watch the show and wasn’t aware of the style. It’s one of several questionable spending stories that have been hounding the downstate republican of late. USA TODAY has reported that Schock had spent more than $100,000 […]

  • Public hearing explores rules to handle medical marijuana

    Gov. Rauner defends pot licensing process

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. Bruce Rauner is defending his administration’s handling of medical marijuana licenses. A Chicago company has filed a lawsuit claiming the process of handing out licenses for cultivation centers was flawed. PM Rx LLC argues the state failed to follow its own requirements for deciding who would get to grow and sell the drug. The company wants the applications re-scored or to be given the final license. Rauner’s administration says it tried to fix the process started […]

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    Polar explorer from Evanston loves the deep freeze

    EVANSTON, Ill. — Believe it or not, there are some people who actually enjoy being out in the extreme cold. John Huston of Evanston is a professional polar explorer. He’s tells WGN’s Julian Crews the keys to coping with the cold are good, protective clothing and a positive attitude. “Complaining makes everything more difficult than it needs to be,” said Huston, who is also a motivational speaker. Huston knows a thing or two about dealing with the elements;  he has […]

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