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Kurt Summers Jr., chief of staff to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, will join Grosvenor Capital Management. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)

    Kurt Summers Jr. named City Treasurer

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Kurt Summers Jr. will succeed City Treasurer Stephanie Neely, who is stepping down at the end of November to return to the private sector. Summers will take over as City Treasurer effective December 1, pending approval by the City Council. Summers is the former chief staff to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and he was her appointed trustee for the Cook County Pension Fund. He also served as chief of staff to Pat […]

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    Hospitals ask patients to pay upfront

    Some hospitals are starting to ask patients to pay for services upfront or before they’re discharged. In the past, neither patients nor providers knew the exact price of procedures until insurers processed the charges. But now technology allows hospitals to determine patient responsibility in advance of treatment. And with many patients now carrying larger deductibles on their health insurance, hospitals don’t want to get stuck with patients who can’t pay.

  • Politicians greet voters at Labor Day parades

    Labor Day means the unofficial start to political campaign season. Politicians are hitting the pavement today in parades for some face-time with voters. Governor Pat Quinn attended the Naperville Labor Day parade this morning, and he will march in Zion’s Jubilee Days parade this afternoon. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner walked in the Schaumburg’s Labor Day parade and shook hands with voters. Rauner was asked about Quinn’s announcement Sunday that he’s taking the so-called “Minimum Wage Challenge” and will be […]

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    Lydia Price to be sentenced today

    A Berwyn woman whose disabled son died outside a home filled with hundreds of animals will be sentenced this afternoon in Cook County Court. Lydia Price, 52, was found guilty last May of criminal neglect of a disabled person and aggravated cruelty to animals. Her 14-year-old son Matthew was found near death outside their home in 2011. He died soon after. Authorities said the house was infested with insects and rats, and many of the 200 dogs, cats, birds and […]

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    Durbin introduces bill to curb corporate inversions

    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) is pushing to curb corporate tax dodging through merger deals known as inversions. Durbin and three other Democrats on Capitol Hill unveiled today a bill called the “No Federal Contracts for Corporate Deserters Act.” The proposed legislation would deny federal contracts to businesses that incorporate overseas, are at least 50 percent owned by U.S. shareholders and do not have substantial business opportunities in the foreign country in which they are incorporating. Durbin says they are trying […]

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    City of Naperville asks residents to conserve electricity

    With temperatures expected to hit the 90’s Tuesday, the city of Naperville is trying to cut down on electrical usage during peak hours. The city is asking residents to conserve electricity between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. But it’s not because they’re expecting a shortage. It’s for cost saving purposes. When customers voluntarily reduce electrical usage, Naperville minimizes its monthly costs associated with purchasing electricity to meet the needs of its customers. Here are a few tips: If health permits, […]

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    Gaza conflict escalates

    The latest Israeli air strikes on Gaza include the first apparent targeting of a top Hamas political leader. Israel resumed air strikes about six hours after an attempt at a cease-fire collapsed. Gaza health officials say the attacks killed at least seven Palestinans and destroyed the house of senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar. Zahar is believed to be in hiding elsewhere. The Israeli military warned residents of northern Gaza to evacuate their homes ahead of the renewed attacks. Gaza militants […]

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    Man charged in hammer attack near Navy Pier

    A Chicago man accused of hitting two women with a hammer will appear in Cook County Criminal Court Thursday for a bond hearing. Jawaun Westbrook, 28, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery and use of a deadly weapon. He’s accused of hitting two 55-year-old women in the face with a hammer as they were walking on a bike path near Navy Pier Tuesday night. Both victims were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in fair condition.

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    Lawsuit accuses United Airlines of improperly bumping baggage

    A Chicago woman is suing United Airlines, accusing the airline of improperly leaving baggage off flights in favor of cargo. Plaintiff Gina Spadoni says she paid $25 to check a bag on a United flight from Chicago to Los Angeles.  But when she arrived, her baggage was still in Chicago, waiting to be put on another plane.   Crain’s Chicago Business reports Spadoni’s lawsuit claims United chose to leave her luggage off the flight because of weight regulations and prioritized […]

  • Bike lanes debated at community meeting

    Residents on Chicago’s Northwest side met with community leaders tonight to discuss the plan to create bike lanes on Milwaukee Avenue – which is hitting some speed bumps. A plan calls for car traffic to go down to one lane in each direction on Milwaukee from Lawrence to Elston. Some motorists who use Milwaukee Ave are fighting to keep their lanes open to traffic. Both sides agree changes to the stretch of road are necessary but how far to go […]


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