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    Ex-Chicago transportation official sentenced to 10 years in red light camera scandal

    CHICAGO — A former Chicago transportation official at the center of the city’s red light camera scandal was sentenced to 10  years in prison Monday. John Bills, 55,  was convicted of taking bribes to steer $100 million in red-light camera contracts to a company in Arizona. Bills accepted cash and gifts, including condos and a Mercedes, to help Redflex Traffic Systems win the camera business. The scheme took place over a decade. Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Bills to 10 […]

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    Slain son of Chicago cop laid to rest this week

    CHICAGO — The son of a Chicago police officer is being laid to rest this week, as reward money increases for information leading to the young man’s killer. The wake and funeral for 19-year-old college student Arshell Dennis III are set for Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Dennis was visiting his ailing mother at her home on the South Side last week when he was shot to death as he sat on his front porch with a friend. Police say it […]

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    Accused serial rapist Marc Winner back in court

    CHICAGO — A former West Loop tanning salon owner accused of raping four women returned to court Wednesday for a status hearing. Marc Winner, 45,  is free on $100,000 bond. Prosecutors alleged Winner raped as many as nine women, but five of the attacks happened too long ago to bring charges. Winner owned Soleil Tanning at 1018 W. Madison before it was shut down for operating without a business license. He’s accused of raping employees and customers from the salon. […]

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    College student killed while playing Pokemon Go

    SAN FRANCISCO — Police in San Francisco are looking for someone who shot and killed a college student who was playing Pokemon Go. Calvin Riley, 20,  was shot to death Saturday night near the city’s popular Aquatic Park area, KRON4 reports. Police called it a random, senseless act. They’re trying to find surveillance video and witnesses. The area was crowded with tourists at the time. Riley was a pitcher forJoaquin Delta College in Stockton, Calif., and was studying kinesiology. His […]

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    Chicagoans, alderman weigh utility tax proposal

    CHICAGO –Many Chicagoans don’t appear to be too happy with a plan to shore up Chicago’s city employee pensions by raising city utility taxes. “Come on, now,” said one opponent. “(Tax) bills are too high as they are,” said another. The proposal, reportedly be pushed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, would raise between $250 million and $300 million for the Municipal Employees Pension Fund. Chicago alderman were being briefed on the plan by city budget personnel Wednesday.


    Man suing over jail beating caught on camera, officer charged

    CHICAGO — A former Cook County Jail inmate suing guards and investigators over his beating captured on tape in 2014 alleges the Sheriff’s Department dragged out its investigation of the incident to try and prevent his lawsuit. Caught on surveillance cameras from two angles, the attack on 29-year-old Litroy Bolton at Cook County Jail is indisputable. Bolton was in custody on a marijuana charge when he says 44-year-old correctional officer Miguel Ortiz ordered him to enter a cell that had been under quarantine, even though another officer […]

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    Special prosecutor to investigate police version of Laquan McDonald shooting

    CHICAGO — She’s served as a Cook County judge, an assistant U.S. attorney and on the staff of the City’s corporation counsel. The role Patricia brown Holmes accepted today is that of special prosecutor to investigate Chicago police officer conduct regarding the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. Patricia brown Holmes left the courtroom in which she was tasked with looking into whether officers lied to justify McDonald’s shooting and headed directly to pick up the documents she must review in what […]

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    Did the DNC throw Emanuel `under the bus` for healthcare reform warnings?

    PHILADELPHIA–A video highlighting President Barack Obama’s time office in was shown at the Democratic National Convention Wednesday, but it may not have painted Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the best light – at least in the eyes of fellow Democrats. The narrator in the DNC video says Emanuel – then Mr. Obama’s chief of staff – tried to talk the president into dropping the health care law because he was concerned the president wouldn’t get re-elected in 2012. At a democratic […]

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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.