Thursday, October 19, 2017

Eldorado Trading is latest Chicago firm to wind down – Crain’s

Many of the small- and mid-sized trading firms in the city have been squeezed out of the industry in recent years as technology, exchange...

Chicago water commissioner resigns amid IG probe into racist, sexist emails – Chicago Tribune

Out is Barrett Murphy, who made $170,000 a year leading the Department of Water Management after taking the job in April 2016. He's a...

Alderman Profited Off The 606 — But That Doesn’t Mean He Wants You To – DNAinfo Chicago

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Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) rode the wave of soaring property values along the popular 606 trail to flip four properties, pocketing $300,000 in profit...

In South Loop, plans for city within the city begin taking shape – Chicago Tribune

Over the next two decades, the developer envisions creating a city within the city on the 62-acre parcel along the Chicago River, south of...

Class action says Fannie May bumps box size to ease sales of 7 oz candy boxes for $10 – Cook County Record

Iconic Chicago candymaker Fannie May has been hit with a class action lawsuit by consumers who claim they overpaid for $10 boxes of candy after discovering the boxes were only about 60 percent full.

University of Chicago frat’s construction-themed party called ‘racially insensitive’ – CampusReform

The "FIJI" fraternity at the University of Chicago had to apologize for holding a construction-themed party to celebrate progress on renovations after students deemed...

Obama Library Will Give $3.1 Billion Boost To Cook County, New Report Says – Woodlawn – DNAinfo Chicago

Comment: That number may sound exaggerated, and maybe it is, but don't be so sure. Money coming in from visitors from outside the state is gold -- it doesn't cannibalize internal spending that might have gone somewhere else. Put a multiplier of 4 or so on that and you get big bucks.

Police Assign ‘Heat Score’ To 398,000 People To Track Violence – DNAinfo Chicago

Over 398,000 people are on a Chicago Police Department database used by police to identify and track those who are most likely to be...

Florida woman seen hitting herself with fallen sprinkler piece highlights fraud case – Sun-Sentinel

Comment: This story is from Florida, but anecdotal stories of widespread worker's comp fraud in Chicago have been rampant for decades. Sure wish somebody would get to the bottom of it.

For J.B. Pritzker, mansion’s disrepair has saved $230K in taxes – Sun-Times

Comment: And that, my friends, is what high property taxes incentivize owners to do. Imagine if you live in Chicago's south suburbs where taxes average over 5.5%? Are you gonna improve your property or do what you can to get the appraisal down?

Chicago will short teacher pensions by $250 million, taxpayers to pick up tab – WBEZ

"One thing is clear: the Chicago Teachers Pension Fund won’t be getting the full $715.9 million owed to it on June 30. CPS plans to subtract $250 million from that total."

Rahm willing to consider head tax to bail out CPS – CBS Chicago

Comment: A special tax based on how many jobs you give makes great sense, don't you think? Let's also put a special tax on inner city kids who graduate from high school with honors.

Chicago Startup TurboAppeal Acquired by Paradigm Tax Group – Tech.Co

Comment: They deliver an online platform for challenging property taxes, so they were we wise to launch in Cook County as their first market.

Emanuel won’t say why he waited so long to reveal depth of CPS money woes – Chicago Tribune

Comment: Let me speculate with this explanation: Because he's pathologically dishonest.

Peapod moving headquarters from Skokie to Chicago, exec says – Chicago Tribune

Peapod plans to relocate its headquarters from Skokie to downtown Chicago this year, an executive said Wednesday — a move that could affect 180 employees.

CPS says it may fall short on upcoming pension payment – Chicago Tribune

Officials say that without short-term borrowing or some other rapid infusion of money, the district will fall far short of making a $700 million-plus...

Sinclair Bid for Tribune Gives Conservative Voice a Big-City Perch – Bloomberg

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s deal for Tribune Media Co. would give a broadcaster known for its conservative leanings fresh reach into leading media markets...

More gloom for Chicago department stores – Crain’s

Sales at Chicago-area general merchandise stores, a category that mainly covers department stores, fell by a whopping $1.3 billion, or 10.3 percent, last year,...

City issues plan for 760 acres along Chicago River, likely to bring building boom – Tribune

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Billions of dollars in commercial real estate development, as well as new sports fields, bridges, a new Metra station and other infrastructure could soon...

How a $500,000 green card started fueling Chicago hotel developments – Crain’s

Now it's hard to find a Chicago hotel developer that isn't exploring the program. EB-5 investors helped finance the Godfrey Hotel in River North,...

Here’s hoping the spirit of WGN stays in Chicago – Editorial – Chicago Tribune

What happens to WGN radio and WGN-Ch. 9 once they lose local ownership? On Monday, Tribune Media — which owns the WGN combo as well as 41 other TV stations across the country — announced plans to sell itself to Sinclair Broadcast Group of Maryland in a deal valued at $3.9 billion.

Actuary’s model shows Chicago pension plan depleted in seven years – Chicago City Wire

The Municipal Employees' Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago will run out of money by the year 2024, according to a model developed by...

Anthony Rizzo’s Foundation Announces $3.5 Million Donation to Lurie – NBC Chicago

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has gained a well-earned reputation as a philanthropist during his time in the Windy City, and on Monday morning his foundation announced yet another massive charitable donation.

Chicago mayor Emanuel posts EPA’s deleted climate change page – Sun-Times

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s response to the Trump administration pulling down its website detailing information about climate change: putting up his own.

Ex-Aide To Dorothy Brown Indicted – WBEZ

A former high-ranking official in Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown’s office has been indicted on federal charges for lying to a grand jury that’s investigating hiring and promotion practices in the clerk’s office, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Chicago’s South Side Golf Courses in Line for a Tiger Woods Upgrade – The New York Times

Source: Chicago’s South Side Golf Courses in Line for a Tiger Woods Upgrade - The New York Times

CTA spends $200 million to rebuild 1 train station – Crain’s

is the Chicago Transit Authority doing the right thing by spending $203 million, to be exact, to rebuild just one el stop, the hoary Wilson Avenue station on the Red Line in Uptown? Are taxpayers really getting a good deal?

McHenry County Board begins to brainstorm ways to cut property tax levy by 10 percent – Northwest Herald

A working group of just less than half the McHenry County Board has started looking at ways to fulfill its promise to cut its property tax levy by at least 10 percent.

Former owner in failed car-charging station project pleads guilty to fraud – Tribune

The former owner of a California company selected to install a vast network of electric vehicle charging stations in Chicago and elsewhere pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraudulently obtaining at least $1 million in federal grants related to the failed green initiative.

Chicago police department struggles with officer suicide – Reuters

"Chicago is a war zone," said Alexa James, the executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Chicago. "They (officers) are seeing the worst...

Can Chicago become Big Agriculture’s innovation hub? – Opinion – Crain’s

There is no greater need in the world than sustainable ways to feed the growing number of people on earth. There is no more...

Illinois legislation would ensure payment to wrongfully convicted – Journal Star

The bill sponsored by Sen. Donne Trotter, D-Chicago, would provide continuing funds — even without a state budget — for payments for time unjustly...

Lawyer: Zillow ‘Zestimate’ illegal appraisal hampering home’s sale; Zillow: Only estimate, not appraisal – Cook County Record

A lawyer in suburban Glenview who is attempting to sell her home has asked the courts to step into her dispute with real estate...

Surburban Chicago assessors inundated by appeals – Crain’s

In what's becoming Cook County's own rite of spring, homeowners who have received the county's latest estimate of their homes' taxable value are inundating...

Among Major Cities, Chicago Ranks Worst In Home Value Recovery – Chicagoist

The conventional real-estate wisdom says that the U.S. housing market has for the most part recovered from the recession, at least in terms of...

Barack Obama Has Big, Bold, Optimistic Plans For The South Side – DNAinfo

"This isn't just about buildings," Obama said, "I tell people, Chicago's never looked more beautiful. It has never sparkled more.

Crime’s toll on a neighborhood: Violence that crushes lives also crushes parts of Chicago – Editorial – Chicago Tribune

Witnessing the decline of South Shore is sad and frustrating. This attractive neighborhood on the lakefront, within easy commuting distance of the Loop, should...

Rogers Park Effort Aims To ‘Ruin’ ICE’s Plans – WBEZ

A group of Rogers Park residents are mobilizing to interrupt and protest immigration raids with the hope of making the process so inefficient for...

Bank of America to anchor planned skyscraper along Chicago River – Chicago Tribune

Bank of America will be the anchor tenant in a 51-story office tower to be built along the Chicago River.

Chicago last among major cities in real estate recovery – Crain’s

Of the nation's ten largest metro areas, Chicago has the smallest share of homes that have recovered to their pre-recession peak values. The culprit:...

How much trouble is the city’s economic development chief in? – Crain’s

A flurry of internal turmoil has hit World Business Chicago, the city's public/private economic development unit, with staff departures, an outside consultant's review and...

IDOT: Six firms interested in South Suburban Airport – Daily Southtown

Six firms recently responded to the Illinois Department of Transportation's attempt to gauge developers' interest in building, operating and maintaining the planned South Suburban...

‘There’s a story behind why we shoot’ – WBEZ

Two young Chicagoans talk about why they picked up a gun, and how it changed their lives.

Chicago once again ranked top metro for corporate investment – Curbed Chicago

For the fourth year in a row, the Chicago metropolitan area has taken the top spot on Site Selection magazine’s list for corporate growth.

Illinois House passes bill to allow dissolution of township road districts – Illinois Policy

House Bill 607 would allow for the consolidation of a duplicative layer of government, something Illinois taxpayers desperately need.

New home sales highest in Chicago almost four years – Crain’s

The sales figure for the quarter was the second-highest of any quarter since new-home sales tumbled in 2008 in the wake of the housing...

Northwestern suit promises big load of dirty laundry – News Gazette

The fuse has been lit. When and if the bomb goes off, prestigious Chicago institutions — Northwestern University, the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, prominent media outlets — and people — a sitting judge, a former state's attorney, prominent journalists — will have more than egg on their faces.

How millionaire’s gang fantasy ‘blew up the West Side’ – Chicago Sun-Times

In 2012, he won an astonishing $25 million in a wrongful-conviction lawsuit against the city of Chicago. Half went to his lawyers. And he...

Judge OKs Work on Illinois Highway Some Say Threatens Bee – A.P.

The court had earlier ordered a halt to work, but now the plaintiff's bee expert failed to show up.

McHenry County a model for reforming government – Opinion – INN

"According to the United States Census Bureau, McHenry County residents pay higher property taxes than 99.99 percent of other Americans," but the county is...

Illinois Tollway approves $4 billion Tri-State widening project – Illinois Policy

Despite the massive size and scope of the project to widen the Tri-State, the Illinois Tollway board suggests new tolls and taxes won’t be...

John Kass: The lies we were told about who would silence free speech – Chicago Tribune

Safe spaces are not about learning or critical thinking. Safe spaces belong to education camps, where future bureaucrats are trained in the Orwellian shaping...

Chicago fintech, the rising star in innovation – Chicago Business Journal

With names such as the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Citadel, Discover, DRW Trading, JPMorgan Chase, Morningstar and Northern Trust, these financial...

New FOP president claims victory in early battles with city – Chicago Sun-Times

The battles stem from what FOP President Kevin Graham called the “unilateral expansion” of body cameras to all Chicago Police officers, and the Chicago...

New Grants Available For Struggling Shopping Areas On South, West Sides – DNAinfo Chicago

With the City Council's blessing, the city has earmarked $16 million from Tax Increment Financing districts to spruce up commercial corridors in Austin, Back...

State’s ‘illegal’ streaming tax described as rerun from Chicago – Sangamon Sun

lllinois failed to learn from a court-challenged Chicago ordinance when it tried to tax streaming services as part of the failed "grand bargain" in...

Giant Puffball Mushrooms The Size Of Soccer Balls Grow Around Chicago – DNAinfo Chicago

The mushrooms can grow to massive sizes: A 5-foot, 50-pound specimen is on record, according to mushroomexpert.com.

Faisal Khan: What has Chicago learned from the Barbara Byrd-Bennett scandal? – Opinion – Chicago Tribune

Why is Byrd-Bennett, the former chief executive of Chicago Public Schools, going to spend so much time incarcerated? No-bid contracts. There are flaws with every process, but the city should be awarding contracts based on a company's value and performance, not political connections.

City could deal blow to Trump wall contractors – Chicago Sun-Times

“It would be much like an ordinance proposed years ago banning any Chicago bank doing business with a Swiss bank resisting cooperation in reparations...

World’s Largest Starbucks to Open in Chicago in 2019 – NBC Chicago

Whoopee. It's the end of the week and we're short for news.

Emanuel leads cheer for latest corporate HQ to move to Chicago – Chicago Sun-Times

Great Wolf Resorts’ CEO Rubén Rodriguez calls the office “Wolf Den Chicago.” It’s home to 45 Great Wolf Resort “pack members” and has room...

Harris Associates’ Oakmark Fund excels at stock-picking – Crain’s

Touting stock-picking expertise in the face of an industry swing toward index-investing takes a certain amount of guts. But glance at graphs charting the...

New ax throwing venue open in Chicago – Chicago Tribune

The second one in Chicago and a growing sport.

Google Building’s Newest Perk? A CTA Train Car On Its Roof – DNAinfo Chicago

When complete, the train car will serve as a focal point and casual place to sit on the green rooftop for employees and others....

Redfin migration study suggests Chicagoans looking to stay

Among the dominant trends:  Chicago, Boston and Seattle had perhaps the most dedicated residents, with more than nine out of 10 local users planning to stay in the area. Comment: Interesting data, but whether this really shows intent to stay is questionable.

Lawyer, guns and liquor — gunplay for the country club set – Chicago Sun-Times

Joe Neveril’s fervent desire is to bring the Chicago area its first “guntry club,” which he describes as kind of a country club for gun enthusiasts.

Case Shiller Home Price Index Up Again in Chicago Area – ChicagoNow

Looking at the seasonally adjusted numbers it does seem as though the Chicago area is now performing better than most of the other metro...

Data Points: In the Chicago region, when white people leave jobs tend to follow – Metropolitan Planning Council

The invisible barriers that generally separate people by race and income in the Chicago region also appear to serve as barriers to population growth...

Who’s lending to South Side homebuyers? – Crain’s

In a region where home values have sputtered and many people have damaged or poor credit, who's writing mortgages? Marquette Bank, for one. Its...

U.S. Supreme Court deals struggling taxi industry another blow – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s taxicab industry is likely to turn into a “Wild West” dominated by independent drivers, with fleets disappearing and the city losing control, after...

Chicago aldermen propose $33 per employee ‘head tax’ on city employers – Illinois Policy

Eighteen aldermen signed on to legislation that would introduce the “head tax” to Chicago employers with 50 or more employees. Comment: An attempt to revive...

The Vote is in for Chicago Growth at Conference on Fiscal Future – MuniNet

Comment: This event was a whitewash that the Chicago Fed and The Civic Federation should be ashamed of. The best presentation was from Harrison...

Obama to deliver first post-presidency speech in Chicago – Associate Press

Comment: Hey Obama, you came to office with the stars aligned as they do only a couple times a century. You had both houses...

Clout-rich janitor firm accused of job offer mess – Sun-Times

The city contractor that allegedly “reserved jobs for individuals based on political considerations” is United Maintenance Co. Inc., according to City Hall sources and...

Testing Chicago MEABF to Destruction – Stump

A look at one of Chicago's pensions, the Municipal fund, by actuary Mary Pat Campbell.

Inundated with gunshot victims, Chicago doctors and nurses face ‘compassion fatigue’ – Chicago Tribune

Comment: A friend who interned at Cook County Hospital said their unofficial motto in the E.R was "The life you save may take your...

Emanuel shoots down stripping aldermen of control over menu money – Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he is not about to strip aldermen of their cherished control over infrastructure projects in their wards and hand...

GOP leader files ethics complaint over Chicago schools letter – Chicago City Wire

The CPS letter began with an accusation that Gov. Bruce Rauner "decided to attack those who need the most help." It continued with a...

The Rebuilders: A set of pioneers is buying property on the South Side and in the south suburbs – Crain’s

They're staking a claim, hoping to recapture something that has been lost: a community that may not be prosperous now but could be again...

How Mathematicians in Chicago Are Stopping Water Leaks in Syracuse – Politico

Using an algorithm developed by a team at the University of Chicago, the city put reams of information, scattered among various departments, to work....

Justice Department moves against Chicago, other sanctuary cities – Chicago Sun-Times

The Justice Department took its first steps on Friday to strip Chicago and Cook County of some crime fighting grants as part of a...

Teachers Claim CPS ‘Harassing’ Members Over Sick Leave – WTTW

The Illinois State Board of Education released data last year that showed almost one in four CPS teachers missed 10 or more days of...

Witness To Street Robbery Shoots Thief In The Butt As He Runs Away – DNAinfo Chicago

The thief is in the hospital, where his butt is listed as "stable." Comment: Fortunately, the shooter is unidentified, or he'd probably get charged and...

Chicago’s ‘menu’ program for aldermen: 50 ways to waste your money – Chicago Tribune

"We can't think of a worse way to spend a too-small pool of tax money than to split it into 50 equal parts and...

Homeowners Trying To Lower Cook County Property Taxes Hit ‘Record High’ – DNAinfo Chicago

Based on the board's report for 2015, some 64.1 percent of appeals by property owners in the city of Chicago resulted in a tax...

Even being seen with gang member sends 1,000s to jail – Chicago Sun-Times

Under pressure to reduce gun violence, the Chicago Police Department has increasingly used the parole-violation law as a tool to get convicted felons off...

Toxic soil at Pullman monument limits use of Chicago’s national landmark – Chicago Tribune

The National Park Service has grand plans in store for Pullman National Monument, but it could take years before visitors have full access to...

Caterpillar Names Deerfield, Illinois, as New Global Headquarters

The company expects about 100 employees to relocate this year, with about 300 people in the new headquarters when fully operational in mid-2018.

Young Cubs fan gets emotional after receiving surprise tickets to Wrigley Field – ABC

In the beginning of the video, Kolt’s dad, Andy Kyler, said he was testing his work ethic that day, “and he never once complained,”...

Decision On Closing Chicago Public Schools Early Rests On April 28 Court Ruling – WBEZ

A Cook County judge said Wednesday he plans to rule April 28 on Chicago Public Schools’ civil rights lawsuit against the state over school...

Chicago aldermen don’t need licensing approval powers: Faisal Khan – Opinion – Crain’s

An ordinance currently sitting in committee, would require city departments to alert an alderman about each license application filed in his or her respective...

Illinois road project stung by judge’s endangered-bee ruling | The Seattle Times

Because of the bumblebee’s status, construction on a multimillion-dollar suburban Chicago road project has to stop. Court documents say the bee was found along...

Ethics chief blasts aldermen for pushing ‘unhealthy secrecy’ – Sun-Times

The chairman of Chicago’s reinvigorated Board of Ethics on Tuesday accused aldermen of injecting a “very unhealthy secrecy into government for a privileged few”...

Most of 2016 Increase in National Murder Rate Came From Chicago: Study – NBC Chicago

"Chicago alone was responsible for 43.7 percent of the rise in urban murders in 2016," the study finds.

Political Scientist Dick Simpson On The Past And Present Of Chicago Machine Politics – Video — Upstream Ideas

Comment: Great, extended interview on the current nature of corruption in Chicago (though Simpson is far too sanguine about the city's financial straights).

City contractor accused of ‘reserving’ jobs for alderman’s office – Chicago Sun-Times

"There has been speculation that city contractors may be picking up the slack by hiring candidates recommended by Chicago aldermen." Comment: "Speculation"? Why, yes, there...

Documents show Ald. Reilly accepted campaign contributions from Wanda Vista Tower developer – Chicago City Wire

Despite his campaign promise not to accept money from developers, records indicate Chicago Alderman Brendan Reilly received more than $72,000 from Magellan Development or...

O’Hare growth badly lags peer airports – Crain’s

Specifically, figures drawn from U.S. Department of Transportation reports indicate that over the past decade, the total number of departing passengers dropped 1.5 percent...

Jackson Jr. copped to another possible crime, said he’d help feds – Sun-Times

But no indication what the crime is. Comment: This guy is a gift that keeps giving for reporters.

A fragile hope in Ford Heights IL – Washington Examiner

"It is difficult not to be moved by the blight and sorrow of this town; impoverished, bypassed by the world, it is a part...

Parade of police abuse settlement continues — with $1M more – Chicago Sun-Times

The parade of settlements stemming from allegations of police abuse that cost Chicago taxpayers $30 million last year will continue next week, with $925,000...

Park district police described as $5 million redundancy – Chicago City Wire

It costs Illinois municipalities $5 million to maintain park district police forces that cover areas already under the watchful eye of the regular police...

The damaging effects of Chicagoland’s latest tax hikes – Illinois Policy

Chicagoans have been burdened with a slew of new taxes and the full damage has yet to be felt. A state income tax hike,...

Claims overwhelm commission investigating Burge torture – Chicago Tribune

The influx of cases brought the total the panel is required to investigate to nearly 400, pushing the commission not only to reach out...

Asia’s Richest Man Is Building Chicago’s Priciest Penthouse – Bloomberg

When the 95-story Vista Tower is completed in 2020, it will be the third-tallest building in Chicago, and at its very top will be...

Detroit’s downtown revival is real, but road to recovery remains long – Chicago Tribune

So you think Chicago is a tale of two cities? The gulf between its booming downtown and its violence-plagued neighborhoods is nothing compared to...

Former Uber executive runs afoul of Chicago’s lobbying rules, city hands down $90K fine – Cook County Record

Comment: In fairness, it's too easy to run afoul of these rules. "Any form of written or verbal communications, including formal or informal in-person...

Chicago high-speed trading firms draw overseas talent – Crain’s

Chicago's high-speed trading industry is so secretive, it's easy to overlook the worldwide magnet the city has become for the business.

Should North Shore public schools set lower academic, discipline standards for black and hispanic students? Activist to make the case. – North Cook News

In two presentations at Elm Place Middle School, 2031 Sheridan Rd., Noguera will explain why he believes public school teachers should stop focusing on...

Rahm’s private email still being filled by fans, foes, citizens – Chicago Sun-Times

Powerful people and average Joes are continuing to use Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s personal email to counsel, praise and lambast him, knowing full-well that their...

Chicago to Q-C rail takes ‘pretty exciting step’ forward – QC Times

Local officials say they have been told there is a memorandum of understanding between the state of Illinois and the Iowa-Interstate Railroad, owners of...

A Four-Foot-Long Chicago Style Hot Dog Made This Chef’s Birthday Epic – DNAinfo Chicago

Trump's response: "Weak. Believe me, I could show you a yuge one."

6 Chicago TV stations will change channels after broadcast frequencies sold for wireless use – Chicago Tribune

Six Chicago-area TV stations, including Fox-owned WPWR-Ch. 50, NBC's Telemundo outlet WSNS-Ch. 44 and PBS affiliate WYCC-Ch. 20, will be changing channels after selling...

Chicago should annex adjoining suburbs – Opinion – Chicago Tribune

Comment: Just a reminder that we post lots of things here that we don't necessarily agree with.

Houses taking longer to sell in Chicago – Crain’s

Single-family city homes that sold last month were on the market an average of 113 days, the longest selling time since February 2015, when...

Suspect charged in Illinois judge’s murder; not believed to have acted alone – Reuters

"The motive of this crime is robbery, which we do not believe was random, nor do we believe Smith acted alone."

Chicago State dean accused of taking $650,000 from national organization for personal gain – Chicago Tribune

The Student National Pharmaceutical Association contends Carmita Coleman, Chicago State's interim dean of the College of Pharmacy, siphoned hundreds of thousands of dollars from...

Want to help Chicago teens? Teach them finance. – Opinion – Crain’s

"Knowledge of financial planning and management, as basic as it can be, seems meant for other kinds of people, leading other kinds of lives....

Chicago, suburban students get together to solve issues plaguing the city – WFLD

They live in worlds apart - some in crime-infested Chicago neighborhoods and others in million dollar north suburban homes. But they have more in...

Uproar Over United Video Imperils Chicago Airport Police – Bloomberg

The video of a passenger being dragged by an officer from a United Express flight shined an unwanted spotlight on the little-known police force...

Cook County judge indicted over mortgage fraud scheme – Cook County Record

A Cook County judge has been indicted for her alleged role in a mortgage fraud scheme, which took place a few years before she...

Am I blue? No, but I have a right to speak, radio host argues – Chicago City Wire

Proft cited the apparent hypocrisy of critics dismissing his news outlets as not being objective while their own work is published by companies with...

Chicago Schools Miss Out On Retirement Incentive Savings – WBEZ

The retirement incentive program was one way the district tried to sell its teachers' contract as a good deal for taxpayers. Initially, it would...

Why Send A Firetruck To Do An Ambulance’s Job? – WBEZ

Getting answers can be difficult. That has a lot to do with the political power of fire departments and their unions — and the...

Judge to Rule on CPS, Rauner Motions Next Week – WTTW

An answer to the lingering question of when this school year will end for Chicago Public Schools could become more clear next week, when...

Suburban school districts holding millions of dollars more in reserve than state recommends – Daily Herald

While suburban school officials say it's prudent to build up reserves, critics complain about school districts levying more property tax money than they need....

Chicago Entices Companies to Return Downtown – WSJ (Subscription)

Nearly 90% of the more than 330,000 jobs created in Illinois from 2011 through 2016 were added in the metro area.

Rail service to Chicago could get the ax – USA Today

Long-distance Amtrak service, including the historic New York-to-Chicago train that carries tens of thousands of Rochesterians to the Windy City each year, would be...

Alcohol bill aimed to help special interests, further status quo – Illinois Policy

An amendment to Illinois’ longstanding Liquor Control Act creates curious guidelines that seem likely to favor a few specific Chicago businesses, while keeping the...

Chicago transit lending bill called bailout, risky for taxpayers – INN

"This language is horrific for the taxpayers of the state of Illinois," Rep. Jeanne Ives, R-Wheaton, said. "These state funds that are intercepted are...

Emanuel, Cubs Quick to Note No Tax Dollars Used in Wrigley Renovations – NBC Chicago

The Ricketts family is spending nearly $600 million over five years to update the Friendly Confines.

Chicago wants to become a renewable energy powerhouse – CNBC

The commitment would make Chicago the "largest major city" in the U.S. to supply its public buildings with 100 percent renewable energy. Comment: Any info...

Chicago, United lambasted over man dragged off plane – ABC News

The incident risks a backlash against United from passengers who could boycott the airline as the busy summer travel season is about to begin....

Deficit in Dallas: How One of the Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities Ended Up With Billions in Debt – Governing

The city has created a huge problem for itself -- one so big that bankruptcy isn’t off the table.

CSX Transportation prepares for rise in freight volumes – Crain’s

A freight "tsunami" is sweeping toward Chicago from the Eastern Seaboard, and a proposed train-and-truck facility in suburban Will County could help railroad CSX...

Employers have options handling employees skipping work to engage in political protests – Cook County Record

In the wake of the Day Without An Immigrant and Day Without Women strikes, and with other political protests yet planned amid the nation's...

900 Chicago government buildings to switch to renewable energy – Chicago Sun-Times

Chris Wheat, City Hall’s chief sustainability officer, wouldn’t say how many of the 900 buildings will have space for “on-site generation” nor provide specifics...

In ‘Scary’ Episode, This Employer Is Hoisted in Effigy by Anti-Trump Agitators – Daily Signal

100 to 200 protesters, depending on who is counting, descended on the Bank of America Building on South LaSalle Street, in effect looking for...

Paul Vallas, ex-public schools chief, dean picked for Chicago State post – A.P.

Board members tapped former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas Friday for an interim administrator post at Chicago State University, an appointment recommended by...

Regime Change Finally Comes to Orland Park and Tinley Park After Years of Scandal – Illinois Leaks

On April 4th 2017, fed-up voters in both Orland Park and Tinley Park toppled longstanding political regimes that have been embroiled in one scandal...

Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley will collect two pensions when he retires – Lake County News-Sun

But between the two pensions he'll collect, based on his service as mayor and city clerk and for the Waukegan Police Department, Motley, 66,...

Is Chicago ready? ‘The Doomsday Squad’ works to predict disaster – WGN-TV

Scientists are exploring the cascade effect of major infrastructure failures. “The important thing isn’t what takes out an infrastructure asset but what happens afterward...

Trump Tower among Chicago’s most desirable refugee employers – abc7chicago

Officially known as the Trump International Hotel and Tower, the 98-story skyscraper on Chicago's riverfront has become so popular with refugees because they are...

Out-migration caused Lake County population to shrink by nearly 400 from 2015-2016 – Illinois Policy

Newly released census data show more than 5,100 Lake County residents moved to other U.S. locales last year, causing the county’s population to shrink.

Judge turns lights out on exotic dancers wage class action vs Pink Monkey club – Cook County Record

They alleged the establishment wrongly classified them as independent contractors and shorted them pay in the process.

DuPage County population shrank by nearly 2,500 from 2015-2016 – Illinois Policy

Newly released census data show more than 9,100 DuPage County residents moved to other U.S. locales last year, causing the county’s population to shrink.

No Post-High School Plan, No Diploma: Rahm Touts New Graduation Requirement – DNAinfo Chicago

Students would be prevented from graduating unless they can prove they have a post-high school plan in place, whether it's acceptance to a university,...

Voters in Evanston, Oak Park Support Property Tax Hike – CBS Chicago

Both districts said larger class sizes and the cancellation of arts and enrichment programs were real possibilities if the increases were not approved.

Why Did State Lawmakers Approve of Cook County Tax Sale Law? – WTTW

A push to change the system by some public officials has simply raised more questions, such as: Why would state lawmakers nearly unanimously pass...

Suburban woman celebrates 110th birthday by sharing 110 memories – abc7

"Keep busy doing something worthwhile by making other people happy. Keep looking up. There's always bad things but you can't dwell on them. I...

Is venture capital coming ‘down to earth’ in 2017? More cash going to fewer companies in Chicago area – Chicago Tribune

Venture capitalists made fewer deals but invested more cash to kick off 2017 in the Chicago region, according to a new report — and...

Exactly How Screwed Are Chicago Pensions? – Stump

"Very," says actuary Mary Pat Campbell.

Roskam moves to limit IRS seizure tool used in Hastert case – Crain’s

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, says his bill only would protect innocent taxpayers from having their bank accounts locked without notice and would not...

Local pols seek to hike towns’ share of state tax revenue – OakPark.com

Comment: Harmon forgot to mention that if bills being sponsored by his party pass, this money -- and other money already coming from Springfield...

City home contracts highest in 10 years – Crain’s

Buyers put more homes in the city under contract in recent weeks than during any comparable stretch of time since spring 2007, according to...

CBRE reports rise in downtown Chicago office vacancy rate – Crain’s

With two new office towers on the Chicago skyline, a key statistic has risen right along with them: the downtown vacancy rate.

DePaul Arena — Beautiful ‘game-changer’ or ‘foolhardy project’? – Chicago Sun-Times

The 10,000-seat, $164 million basketball arena for DePaul University that will double as an “event center” for McCormick Place will open this fall with...

Illinois Tech Jobs Grew in 2016 – Chicago Inno

Tech jobs in Illinois are on the rise, but employment in Chicago took a dip last year.

Valerie Jarrett Reveals Post-White House Plans – NBC Chicago

She said she wants to "continue to be a force for good.”

After Arrest In Facebook Live Rape, Top Cop Slams Viewers Who Did Nothing – DNAinfo Chicago

Comment: I generally read every article I post, but I admit I haven't been able to bring myself to read this one or the...

How bad are the City of Chicago’s finances? – Truth in Accounting

Scranton PA basically flunked its audit yet its bonds trade better than Chicago's. Hmm.

Property tax brouhaha highlights work of Westside Justice Center – Chicago Sun-Times

Westside Justice Center, embraced the spotlight offered by a tax relief campaign that began last month to help low-income homeowners at risk of losing...

Chicago bank tangled up in intrigue over ex-Trump aide Manafort – Chicago Tribune

The Federal Savings Bank, whose chief executive was an economic adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, made about $6.5 million in loans in January to...

Moved by elderly, disabled, Willie Wilson makes tax loans ‘gifts’ – Chicago Sun-Times

Willie Wilson, the Chicago businessman, philanthropist and former mayoral candidate, who put $150,000 into a loan fund to help low-income Cook County residents avoid...

Judge orders end to police pension-padding tactic used by suburban officers – Chicago Tribune

For years, retiring police officers in west suburban Countryside had been given a one-time $850 pay bump that, through a controversial interpretation of Illinois...

New app to alert undocumented immigrants of ICE raids – FOX32

Notifica allows undocumented immigrants to alert family, friends, and attorneys if they become victims of immigration raids from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Moody’s and Illinois — which comes first, the screw or the screwdriver? – Truth in Accounting

It looks like our media continues to slavishly report what comes out of these credit rating “agencies” (paid by governments, for the “ratings”) as...

Rahm Emanuel email takes center stage in retiree health care case – Sun-Times

That email was Rahm's reaction to a Wirepoints article about what his budget address should say. That background is linked here. In my unhumble...

Bridgeview seeks to rename its debt-ridden soccer stadium – Crain’s

The sea of empty lots that surrounds the stadium has seen little change in the dozen years since Bridgeview officials predicted that a new...

2 Numbers That Show How Screwed Chicago’s Pension Plans Are – Reason

During 2015, the two pension plans for Chicago city employees paid out $999 million in retirement benefits to 29,286 retirees. During that same year,...

Chicago Has Struggled to Build Mixed-Income Housing for 50 Years – Chicago Magazine

It’s been the CHA’s goal since long before the Plan for Transformation, but resistance and mismanagement have dogged it since the 1960s.

Ethics Board flexes muscle against independent contractors – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s reinvigorated Board of Ethics is flexing its muscle again—this time by threatening hefty fines against “independent contractors” employed by aldermen who fail to...

Chicago PMI nudges up in March to mark best quarter in more than two years – MarketWatch

A reading of Chicago-area economic activity nudged higher in March to cap the strongest quarter in more than two years, a sign of the...

S&P: Sanctuary cities won’t see ratings dip with Trump order – A.P.

Comment: Maybe because that's who hires them and pays them.

Governor Rauner Vetoes Chicago Municipal and Laborers’ Pension Reforms – The Civic Federation

Identical legislation, Senate Bill 14, was approved by the newly seated Illinois Senate on January 25, 2017 by a vote of 38-11. The legislation...

Windy City residents blow town as Southwest populations rise – Chicago City Wire

Cook County experienced a greater population loss than any other county in the United States between mid-2015 and mid-2016. Meanwhile, sunnier climes like Arizona...

Mishandling of energy project cost Chicago taxpayers millions, watchdog reports – Chicago City Wire

Chicago's former legislative inspector general turned government watchdog has called on the mayor and Infrastructure Trust to explain how officials permitted large portions of...

Chicago Teachers Union Pushing For Broader Strike And Bargaining Rights – WBEZ

A bill that would give the Chicago Teachers Union the right to strike over more issues — including class size, length of the school...

Chicago Hides Critical Info On Illegal Immigrants From Feds – The Daily Caller

The city of Chicago moved forward to protect illegal immigrants through their municipal identification program in an effort to stifle the federal government’s move...

Chicago – The Best Incubator in America? – Venture Connects

Chicago could be the “Goldilocks City” for early-stage companies. There is a massive capital opportunity from the volume of people, headquarters, and wealth in...

Minors in Chicago authorized to sell and serve alcohol – Chicago Sun-Times

Minors working as cashiers at Chicago grocery stores will no longer have to summon their bosses to ring up the sale of a six-pack...

Report: City Misuses Affordable Housing Funds – WTTW

Comment: The entire ordinance is hairbrained virtue signalling. Huge cost and little to show for it. Our earlier article on it is linked here.

Why some people choose to stay in (or move back to) Chicago – Curbed Chicago

“The fact is, if you want a true urban lifestyle in the US, you have two choices: New York or Chicago. That’s it.”

Monthly Case Shiller Index: Chicago Home Prices Are On A Roll Now – ChicagoNow

Chicago is finally rising in the rankings of the 20 metro areas tracked by the Case Shiller home price indices. Forever we have been...

Inspector general hits Emanuel on affordable housing fees – Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel’s administration “did not appropriately account” for more than $4.5 million in fees collected from developers to build affordable housing, but is refusing to...

S&P: Chicago’s rating at risk without pension funding plan – Reuters

S&P said the latest bill is likely to receive enough votes to overturn a subsequent veto based on strong bipartisan support for the original...

Illinois House speaker’s letter rebukes governor’s claims – A.P.

Speaker Michael Madigan wrote the Republican a letter Tuesday. It said Rauner made "false statements" a day earlier that Madigan was blocking sale of...

Valerie Jarrett joins Ariel Investments board – Chicago Tribune

Comment: Ariel is already a massive recipient of minority set-asides. Now the rich will become even richer.

Chicago CFO Tries to Calm Investors After Pension Veto – The Bond Buyer

"We are pretty confident or optimistic ….we would have enough votes to override," chief financial officer Carole Brown said in an investor call following...

Rauner: No more kicking can on pensions – INN

The Chicago bill, vetoed by Rauner Friday, would have allowed city officials to lower the amount they have to contribute to two of their...

AG Sessions: Feds could ‘claw back’ funds from sanctuary cities – Sun-Times

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Monday a crackdown on “sanctuary” cities and states – of which Chicago is one – with a pledge to...

After Midway deal, restaurateurs gave big to Rahm – Sun-Times

Not long after the Midway Airport deal was finally approved, restaurateurs with a stake in the winning proposal showed their love for Mayor Rahm...

$999 million out, $90 million in: Chicago pension funds see the abyss, shrug it off – Chicago City Wire

In 2015, the City of Chicago’s two employee pension funds paid out $999 million to 29,286 retirees. But, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance,...

Undisclosed medical issue for ex-Mayor Daley raised in Burge-related federal lawsuit – Chicago Tribune

Efforts to take a sworn deposition of former Mayor Richard Daley in a federal lawsuit over alleged Chicago police torture have hit a snag...

Consistency amidst inconsistent governments – Truth in Accounting

The “Data Coalition” is a group dedicated to streamlining government financial information, with a view to promoting transparency and lowering costs.

Rauner vetoes bill to bail out Chicago municipal workers pensions – Chicago Sun-Times

Comment: What's important here is that the bill lowered near term pension contributions required of the city but ramped them up over the next...

Why The Chicago Housing Authority Failed To Meet Its Mixed-Income Ambitions – WBEZ

More than 17 years and $3 billion later, only 7.81 percent of the 16,846 households under the Plan For Transformation live in mixed-income communities.

Chicagoans take triple hit on old Wrigley factory – Chicago Sun-Times

The abandoned factory that the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. left behind in Bridgeport has been like a wad of gum stuck to the shoes...

Chicago Bloat of Education: The Sequel – Editorial – Chicago Tribune

So how could an elected school board — democracy in action! — do any worse than the mayor-appointed board? Many ways.

Emanuel’s Wrigleyville ‘surge pricing’ for parking could be just the beginning – Chicago Tribune

New higher "surge pricing" at parking meters near Wrigley Field hasn't even kicked in yet, but a top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel told...

Rahm Emanuel gung-ho about U.S. Steel project, alderman says – Sun-Times

Top mayoral aides met this week with developers planning to build 12,000 modular homes, along with a factory to manufacture them, on the 430-acre...

In the Midwest, Immigrants Are Stemming Population Decline – WSJ

Cook County, Ill., which includes Chicago, saw the biggest numerical drop in population. It lost 66,000 more people to domestic migration than it gained....

Cubs prez Theo Epstein named world’s greatest leader by Fortune – Chicago Sun-Times

“Um, I can’t even get my dog to stop peeing in the house,” he wrote. "It’s baseball — a pastime involving a lot of...

Sanctuary City Status Set To Be Renewed, Protection For Veterans Sought – Pilsen – DNAinfo Chicago

The City Council is poised to renew — for a second time since President Donald Trump took office — the city’s "sanctuary city" policy...

Chicago area leads U.S. in population loss, sees drop for 2nd year in a row – Chicago Tribune

Of the country's 10 largest cities, the Chicago metropolitan statistical area was the only one to drop in population between 2015 and 2016. The...

John Kass: No speed limit on the Chicago Way – Chicago Tribune

Another whopper from Rahm: "I have a practice that my political and personal (business) stays on my private email and city business is on...

Ethics board to look into possible lobbying violations in Tribune report – Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Board of Ethics chairman said Tuesday the panel will look into questions raised in a Chicago Tribune report about whether some emails...

Pockets of strong Trump support in deep blue Democrat Chicago – Chicago Tribune

Pockets of intense Trump support exist in the broad-shouldered city of deep blue Democrats, particularly in Brancato's Mount Greenwood on the Far Southwest Side,...

Funeral home directors call for law to reduce violence at funerals – Chicago Tribune

Among grieving families and friends mourning their lost loved ones are revenge-seeking gang members.

Sears Voices ‘Substantial’ Worry Over Staying a ‘Going Concern’ – TheStreet

The retailer, battling years of plunging sales, profits and cash flow, voiced concern about its ability to continue as a going concern in its...

Red-light changes nowhere near enough, alderman says – Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took a “small step” by tripling the “grace period” before slapping motorists who blow through red lights with $100 tickets, but...

Tech jobs are on the rise in Chicago – Chicago Business Journal

The Chicago metro area added 10,000 tech jobs between 2013 and 2015, according to a Brookings Institute study, a 5.8 percent compound annual growth...

Chicago’s Failed Olympic Bid Still Draining City Finances – CBS Chicago

Chicago agreed to pay $91 million for the South Side site in 2009. It would have served as the Olympic Village, had Chicago prevailed...

Chicago real estate developer Edward Ross dies – Chicago Business Journal

A major figure for decades in Chicago real estate, he was also a first class guy. RIP.

Former KU and Chicago Bears great Gale Sayers is battling dementia – The Kansas City Star

Over time, the family came to realize people they trusted had taken advantage of him in various ways. “You have people who have a little...

Cook County Board member cashes in on video gambling boom – Sun-Times

Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, who for years moonlighted as village president of Elmwood Park, took on a new side job in 2013 —...

Obama Library Officials Say New Nonprofit Will Guide Economic Benefits – DNAinfo

Who serves on the board of a nonprofit meant to channel the benefits that flow from Barack Obama’s presidential library into surrounding neighborhoods looks...

Cubs title a big factor in record $194M police and fire OT bill – Sun-Times

The city spent more than $18.8 million on overtime for public safety, traffic management and street cleanup during the Cubs’ march to their first...

Chicago takes trophy for rising office rents – Chicago Tribune

The bill for high-end office space in Chicago rose almost 20 percent in 2016, the biggest increase in the U.S. and second-highest in the...

Judge orders Chicago Army veteran deported to Mexico – abc7chicago

Perez, 38, was a legal permanent resident when he joined the Army and said he thought he became a legal U.S. citizen when he...

It’s finally time to decide the fate of the proposed south suburban airport – Editorial – Daily Southtown

In the nearly 50 years since a college professor first proposed a third Chicago airport in the south suburbs, the idea has been known...

Jack Franks wants McHenry County to reduce property tax levy by 10 percent – Northwest Herald

McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks wants a committee to work with county officials to trim at least $7.93 million from the 2018 property...

Bluetooth-enabled vibrator maker settles digital privacy class action for $3.7M – Cook County Record

The maker of a high-tech Bluetooth-enabled personal intimacy device has reached a $3.7 million settlement with a woman, on behalf of classes of other...

Amazon Books starts new chapter with Chicago store opening in Lakeview – Chicago Tribune

Amazon launched its online bookstore nearly 22 years ago. On Tuesday, it will open the doors of a brick-and-mortar store in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood,...

Ending residency a sticky subject for generations – Sun-Times

Records show 63 cops have resigned because of complaints about residency since 1981. Another five officers were fired, with 23 more suspended and four...

The Great Squirrel Mystery – WTTW

There are two squirrel species in Chicago, and they are very particular about where they live. Gray squirrels tend to live in ritzy neighborhoods,...

Cook County hiked the minimum wage, but maybe not really for you – Sun-Times

The Cook County increase is supposed to put the suburbs in line with its largest city, Chicago, which gradually is raising the minimum wage...

Trump supporter: Chicago is “a city I can no longer call home.” – Opinion – Crain’s

My husband and our music store. Our store has had to cut employee hours due to the bullying, and soon we will have to...

Northwestern student government endorses ‘viewpoint diversity’ – Watchdog.org

It’s rare to see anyone on college campuses – especially students – demanding to hear opinions that differ from their own these days. But at...

Woman in construction front scheme gets 12 months – Chicago Tribune

Perino's company posed as a legitimate woman-owned business, allowing Chicago-based Diamond Coring Co. to meet its requirements for hiring disadvantaged businesses in order to...

Pearachute, a business for kids, now counts their parents as investors – Chicago Tribune

Pearachute, the Chicago-based kids' activity booking platform launched last year by GiveForward founder Desiree Vargas Wrigley found parents who use the service raising their...

Emanuel’s short-term budget solutions will cost $1 billion in interest – Chicago Tribune

A Tribune analysis of the city's latest bond sale, a $1.2 billion offering earlier this year, shows that the mayor will continue to run...

Trump, Rauner target business restrictions and rightly so – Opinion – Crain’s

Many regulations are regressive. Broadly speaking, this means they make the poor worse off. Occupational licensing regulations make it harder to get good jobs...

City set to enforce ordinance regulating short-term rentals – A.P.

Chicago officials are set to start enforcing a new ordinance that imposes tougher regulations on short-term rental companies like Airbnb after a federal judge's...

Chicken Parm with a side of political profanity – Chicago City Wire

An owner of the River North landmark restaurant Club Lago has taken outspoken and sometimes inflammatory political positions that might alienate some customers and...

Cook County government employees paid double the state average, reform group says – Cook County Record

Cook County leads the state in the highest-paid government workers, according to information posted by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform (ICPR). The web post...

‘Due or Die’: Thousands of Homes at Risk in Cook County Tax Auction – NBC Chicago

Cook County's treasurer says many homeowners have no idea their home is at risk.

Foreclosures shrink in Chicago Area – Crain’s

Only eight out of more than 250 Chicago-area ZIP codes had more than a slender sliver of their housing stock in foreclosure in February....

First step to new CTA rail cars: Build the factory in Chicago – Chicago Tribune

Construction is expected to begin in Chicago this week on a Chinese state-owned rail company's assembly plant that will produce up to 846 new...

CPS and CTU: The War of Bad Ideas – Editorial – Chicago Tribune

Chicago Public Schools leaders and Chicago Teachers Union officials are tussling over who can rob city students of more class time in the upcoming...

Rahm Emanuel, universities partner to lure tech entrepreneurs – Sun-Times

City Hall plans to announce that it’s forging a partnership with five Chicago-based universities to create what it calls Global Entrepreneur in Residence programs.

Gentrification Along The 606 Could Be Curbed Under New Law, Aldermen Say – Logan Square – DNAinfo Chicago

A proposed ordinance would increase the demolition fee for residential properties along the western part of The 606 and charge a "deconversion fee" that...

City Pension Plans See Varying Rates of Success – Chief Investment Officer

The health of city pension funds varies widely. The typical plan is 70% funded, but Chicago’s pension is just 23% funded. Indianapolis has the...

The Richest Man In Town – The Distance

Cullinan’s Stadium Club and Beverly Records sit next door to each other in the Chicago neighborhood of Morgan Park. The owners of the two...

Supporters of minimum wage claim victory in La Grange – Chicago Tribune

Participants in a La Grange rally supporting Cook County's new laws imposing a minimum wage hike and paid sick time law are calling the...

Chicago Infrastructure Trust put city equipment on lien to private bank, wasted millions in tax dollars – Project 6

An investigation by Project Six into Retrofit One shows how major parts of city-owned buildings were used as collateral for a private loan to...

Here’s What Causes Violence And How To Stop It: Former Top Federal Lawyer – DNAinfo

Zachary Fardon may no longer be Chicago's top federal law enforcement officer, but on his way out the door Monday he left Chicago officials...

Schakowsky’s time with terrorist called into question – North Cook News

Paul Miller, executive director and president of the Haym Salomon Center in Northbrook, lambasted the media in general for not taking issue with Schakowsky,...

Why Are So Many Trump Tower Condos For Sale Right Now? – DNAinfo

There were 62 condominiums listed for sale in the Trump International Hotel & Tower at 401 N. Wabash Ave. as of Friday afternoon. Take...

Emanuel-connected group launches effort to employ 10,000 at-risk young Chicagoans by 2020 – Crain’s

Thrive Chicago says its new "reconnected" plan is aimed at both helping 10,000 people aged 16-24 who are neither in school nor at work,...

Chicago Union Tells Teachers: Protest Cuts By Refusing To Work Extra Hours – DNAinfo

"We know this will be difficult for many of you, who put your students first, but please consider the powerful message it will send,...

Great Lakes Funding Threatened – WTTW

Environmental groups and local public officials are condemning these proposed cuts and calling on Congress to not approve them. They would result in a...

Rahm was wrong: Students have been leaving Illinois for at least 15 years – Illinois Policy

Emanuel politicized Illinois’ loss of students to other states by placing the blame squarely on Rauner. Wrong.

Tab for DOJ probe of CPD — $4.5 million and counting – Sun-Times

Chicago taxpayers have paid $4.5 million in legal and consulting fees tied to the federal civil rights investigation triggered by the 2014 police shooting...

Emanuel releases private emails, ending court fight – Sun-Times

After fighting in court to keep his private email accounts completely concealed from public view, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday released a trove of...

”Knuckle-dragging and generally subhuman:” Northwest Side Chicago Alderman fires insults at constituents on social media – Chicago City Wire

Some politicians try to catch flies with honey. Chicago Ald. John Arena (D-45th) douses them with vinegar: “I am not ready to cead (sic) this...

Chicago: A Compilation – Stump

For fellow number wonks, a collection of posts by actuary Mary Pat Campbell on Chicago's crisis.

Failed Seaway Bank gets yet another new owner – Crain’s

The remnants of failed Seaway Bank & Trust are changing hands again. The owners of the Texas bank that acquired Seaway from the Federal Deposit...

Heroin buyers on Chicago’s West Side getting help, not handcuffs – Sun-Times

Friday’s operation targeting low-level buyers was different from most drug busts. These addicts were given the choice to go into treatment instead of jail....

The Video Game Trying to Stanch the ‘Carnage’ in Chicago – Politico

Based on extensive interviews with the inhabitants of the city’s badlands, We Are Chicago is part of a growing number of “serious games” focused...

A Chicago Phone Number To Buy Heroin Got 1,000 Calls A Day, Feds Say – DNAinfo

Chicago Police and federal prosecutors said Friday they’ve arrested 15 people involved in a heroin operation that included buyers first calling a hotline to...

Adapting to the patchwork: Communities, employers consider options in wake of Cook Co. labor rules – Cook County Record

Taking advantage of state law allowing them to essentially ignore some dictates of Cook County’s government, a growing number of Cook County suburban communities...

Chicago Wants to Be a Hub for China Stock Trading – Bloomberg

After more than a century in the shadow of New York’s Big Board, the Chicago Stock Exchange has been short on cash and searching...

Chicago Pension Woes Top Charts – Fidelity Investments

By The Bond Buyer's Yvette Shields: Chicago is a standout as the worst among its big city peers in key pension system measurements, according...

Sugary drink tax would be a bitter pill to swallow – Illinois Policy

Illinois holds more than $66 million worth of stocks and bonds in PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper Snapple alone.

University of Chicago proposes ‘free speech deans’ to prevent disruptive conduct – Campus Reform

A recently-released faculty committee report also suggests establishing "free speech deans-on-call" trained to "deal with disruptive conduct" in order to ensure students are not...

Rep. Will Guzzardi proposes rent control for Chicago – Crain’s

"I think it's the proper position of government to provide protections against the excesses of free-market capitalism," said Guzzardi, Comment: Whether to give equal time...

Construction set to begin on $230M intermodal; hundreds of jobs expected – Daily Journal

A massive project, which has been relegated to the drawing board for nearly 10 years because of a slow economy, finally appears ready to...

Preckwinkle: GOP health care plan will ravage Cook County budget – Chicago Tribune

Comment: Lemme guess. Another tax increase needed for Toni Taxawanker.

S&P: Chicago worst among 15 major cities grappling with pensions – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago performed the worst across the board — registering the highest annual debt, pension post-employment benefits costs as a percentage of governmental expenditures and...

Report Finds How Much Money is Saved Living in Chicago Suburbs vs. City – NBC Chicago

In Chicago, the study found that people in the suburbs save an average of $18,472 per year by choosing to reside outside of the...

‘Slow and painful death’ for fire district without tax increase: chief – Elgin Courier

If Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District's upcoming referendum question seeking to increase the property tax levy by 95 percent fails, Fire Chief...

Report: Chicago a winded city financially – Chicago City Wire

Chicago ranks near the bottom in fiscal strength from among 116 cities with populations of at least 200,000, an analysis by the non-profit group...

Furby creator in deal to buy Wacker Drive office building from American Realty Advisors – Crain’s

A venture of Randy Rissman, who sold Tiger Electronics to toy giant Hasbro nearly two decades ago, has struck a preliminary deal to buy...

Chicago’s Growing Tech Community – Points and Figures

No doubt, the state is confronting huge financial issues caused by the Chicago Machine, but the tech community hums along. There are a lot...

Rauner: Drain TIF Funds To Fill CPS Deficit – DNAinfo

Emanuel has long resisted using TIF funds to bolster the CPS budget, saying that it was inappropriate to use money from a one-time revenue...

Karen Lewis: Invest in Chicago’s schools, teachers to reduce violence – Opinion – Chicago Tribune

Karen Lewis is president of the Chicago Teachers Union. She was a high school chemistry teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 22 years and...

Despite borrowing limit, tiny Skokie school district seeks to get around state law for new school – Chicago Tribune

A Tribune investigation last spring showed districts statewide were about $20 billion in debt, in part with the help of lawmakers who push through...

Soon-To-Be-Empty CPS School To Get $535,000 In Air Conditioners – DNAinfo

CPS is planning to spend $535,000 to install air conditioners in a school that will be empty before the summer.

Chicago in top 10 as future global tech hub – Crain’s

It ranked sixth among cities around the world among executives asked by KPMG to name three locations outside San Francisco/Silicon Valley that will be...

Chicago’s Infrastructure Trust falls short of expectations – Crain’s

As it prepares to embark on a sweeping overhaul of city streetlights, the infrastructure trust that Mayor Rahm Emanuel once hailed as a model...

Second-installment property tax bills may rattle some suburbanites – Cook County Record

“It would be in the second installment that there is the possibility that they could see a big increase if their property was reassessed...

Mayor Emanuel Suddenly Criticizing White House For Not Helping Chicago – Townhall

Where, some are wondering, was this ire when President Obama was in charge? Obama's policies, such as strict gun control measures, did little to...

Tab for clout firefighter’s fight with Chicago cop: $1.6 million – Sun-Times

Chicago taxpayers have now spent more than $1.6 million as a result of a fight between a clout-heavy firefighter and a cop at a...

CTA buses rack up red-light, speed tickets; you pay – Sun-Times

CTA bus drivers racked up more than 400 red-light-camera and speeding-camera tickets the past two years while on the job, records obtained by the...

Basketball attendance sinking as DePaul heads downtown – Blogs On Sports – Crain’s Chicago Business

The once-great college basketball program that debuted at Allstate Arena with a roar 37 years ago is saying goodbye with a whimper. And the...

Dorothy Brown Offers Political Advice — For A Price – Better Government Association

The day after federal prosecutors said Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown received what they described as bribe money from an employee, Brown...

National group’s backing of New Trier ‘white privilege’ seminar criticized – North Cook News

Comment: Well, well, well. After all the dishonest claims that our group that criticized the seminar was funded by outside interests, look who helped...

Railroad thefts and guns: A deadly mix in Chicago – Associated Press

The 2015 heist of the 111 guns, as well as one in 2014 and another last September from the same 63rd Street Rail Yard...

Solomon’s take from companies in CPS fraud scheme: $5.68 million – Sun-Times

Former Chicago Public Schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett wrecked her career for virtually nothing, but the man to whom she illegally steered CPS contracts personally...

Where Refugees Who Migrate To Chicago Come From – DNAinfo

Since 9/11, 15,037 refugees have moved to the United States, starting with Chicago as their first home, according to data from the U.S. State...

Weekend parking crackdown yielding thousands of tickets – Sun-Times

To create parking turnover that helps businesses serve more customers and reverse a 5 percent drop-off in ticket writing, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2017 budget...

Former Obama Commerce lawyer to head Civic Committee – Sun-Times

The Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago on Wednesday announced Kelly Welsh, a former Obama administration official, will replace Ty Fahner as...

Politicians rally for O’Hare western access—good for Chicago – Crain’s

Over the past month, U.S. Sen. Richard Durbin, Gov. Bruce Rauner and all but one member of the Illinois congressional delegation added their muscle...

A Project That Could Double Heating Bills In Chicago Gets A Closer Look From Regulators -WBEZ

Chicago residents could see their gas bills skyrocket because of a controversial project from Peoples Gas to replace all its aging gas mains.

Emanuel may go it alone — without feds — to push police reforms – Sun-Times

To the cheers of the police union, Sessions sent his strongest signal to date that he was more concerned about supporting demoralized police officers...

West Side Factory Aims to Beat the Pants Off Apparel Industry – WTTW

It's hard to believe now, but Chicago was once a hive of clothing manufacturers that kept sewing machines humming and immigrants employed into the...

Chicago shops in struggling neighborhoods to get grants – Crain’s

City Hall today began to parcel out some of the money it raised by squeezing some downtown developers to contribute to a special neighborhood...

Trouble brewing for Deputy Commerce Secretary nominee Todd Ricketts – CBS News

The requirements and difficulty of divesting from family business ties could force Ricketts to withdraw his nomination, two sources told CBS News. That move,...

Chicago PMI jumps to two-year high in February – MarketWatch

A gauge of Chicago-area manufacturing shot higher in February, according to data released Tuesday. MNI Indicators said the Chicago PMI rose by 7.1 points to...

Chicago worries China may reduce investment in city’s real estate – Crain’s

Chinese investors poured more than $2 billion into Chicago real estate the past two years after flying over the city forever. Yet just as...

Unreal: Chicago Names City Street After Terrorist – Townhall

On Wednesday, aldermen approved the measure honoring Lopez Rivera, the terrorist whose 70-year sentence was recently commuted by Barack Obama.

Veering left, education advocacy group pushes identity politics at New Trier – North Cook News

Led by Wilmette’s Mimi Rodman, the group’s executive director, Stand for Children Illinois has pivoted away from its mantra of “pro-parent” school reform and...

For Chicago museums, it pays to be on public land – Crain’s

Since 1903, the city's Museums in its Parks have received tax money to fund operations, and maintain and care for their buildings. This year,...

Media Ignores Alliance Between Jan Schakowsky and Convicted Terrorist – The Observer

"I could never have imagined that the congresswoman, who represents one of the largest Jewish constituencies in the country, would be willing to share...

Chicago Braces for an Austerity Double Whammy – CityLab

The state of Illinois and the Trump administration are both mulling potentially draconian budget cuts.

Phil Kadner: County says it has a real plan to help south suburbs – Sun-Times

Comment: Any plan will fail unless it addresses suicidal property taxes there that average 12.7% for commercial and 5.2% for residential.  

Senator Harmon’s law firm cashes in on state deals – Chicago Sun-Times

State Sen. Don Harmon, D-Oak Park, is one of the most powerful people in Springfield, talked about as a possible future president of the...

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm – Bloomberg

"The most discouraging thing Hargrove has learned since starting his organization is how many police departments around the country not only ignore the FBI’s...

Homicides in Chicago outpacing last year after deadliest day so far in 2017 – Chicago Tribune

Seven people were shot to death on Wednesday, five of them killed over two hours, including a woman who was eight months pregnant and...

Billionaire Pritzker Tells Men to Use Women’s Bathrooms to Protest Trump – Washington Free Beacon

A billionaire Democratic megadonor, who is exploring a run for governor, encouraged men to use women's bathrooms on Wednesday sparking criticism from transgender advocates...

Chicago could see tech talent drain if Wellington, New Zealand has its way – Chicago Business Journal

The two groups are reaching out to talent in major markets in the United States, including Chicago, and around the world to find talented...

Dallas Is About To Go Broke – Reason

Officials around the country should watch closely and learn well from these mistakes: The mismanagement of public retirement programs can wreck a city, even...

Despite ‘Activist Fatigue,’ Chicago Community Addresses Manganese – WTTW

A group of Southeast Side residents and activists met Tuesday night to formulate a plan for confronting the latest threat of pollution in their...

Spending, tax assessments soar in Proviso school district as elections loom – West Cook News

Proviso Township High Schools District 209 dramatically increased its spending over the most recent five-year period for which records are publicly available. Adjusted for...

New Trier paid second “white privilege” consultant $109K to train its teachers – North Cook News

The analysis uncovered 39 payments between Dec. 2011 and Feb. 2016 to Massachusetts-based SEED, or Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity, which states its mission...

Chicago Transit s Capital Problem – The Bond Buyer

The Chicago region remains thirsty for new public transit funds to address an estimated $37.7 billion 10-year tab for maintenance and capital investments.

How CPS’ Lawsuit Against Rauner Could Play Out -WBEZ

CPS’ first move comes Wednesday, when the board will vote to cut more than $100 million from its budget to fill a $215 million...

How the Illinois Lottery Exacerbates Inequities in Chicago – South Side Weekly

Communities on the South and West Side buy disproportionately more lottery tickets but do not see returns to their schools.

CHA picks Hunt Development for Cabrini-Green redevelopment – Crain’s

A Texas developer plans to build nearly 500 homes on the site of the former Cabrini-Green housing complex, another big step in the city's...

White Guilt Invades Elite Illinois High School – The Weekly Standard

"This seminar, concocted by one of the nation's most prestigious schools, undoubtedly will become a template for other mass indoctrinations. It will blossom into...

New Trier High School’s Superintendent Has Lost Her Way – Video – Upstream Ideas

Comment: A pretty good two-minute summary of the New Trier controversy.

Hispanic CPS schools’ budgets cut twice the rate of white ones – Sun-Times

When Chicago Public Schools just put a freeze on half of every school’s remaining discretionary money to save $46 million, CEO Forrest Claypool blamed...

New Trier’s ‘Racial Civil Rights’ Seminar Causes Uproar Among Parents – CBS Chicago

Leaders at Monday night’s meeting said it was too late to make changes.

New Trier ‘Racial Civil Rights’ Seminar Day Makes National Headlines – NBC Chicago

Comment: It's not true that "students are allowed to leave if they feel uncomfortable." Attendance is being coerced. It's a day of mandatory attendance....

Several hundred rally downtown against Trump – Sun-Times

Chants included: “From Palestine to Mexico, boarder walls have got to go!” Protesters listened to Sousaphones Against Hate and Baritones Resisting Aggression. They played “The...

New Trier H.S. paid $90K for group to instruct teachers on “understanding whiteness” – North Cook News

"PEG teaches that 'individualism'-- or assigning independent classroom assignments-- and 'future time orientation,' or planning ahead, are forms of 'cultural racism' that benefit whites...

ISBE settles school funding lawsuit with Chicago Urban League – Sun-Times

The Illinois State Board of Education said Friday it has reached a tentative settlement with the Chicago Urban League, who accused the agency almost...

It’s Racial Indoctrination Day at an Upscale Chicagoland School – Wall Street Journal

"As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance." New Trier High School has disgraced itself and the very concept of...

Kadner: CPS faces uphill court fight for proper state funding – Sun-Times

Comment: Why should taxpayers put one dime into a school system dominated by a teachers union that fundamentally hates the economic system into which...

Chicago gang members say more police won’t stop the murders – Fox News

Great article with an inside look at gangs.

Chicago Public Schools ‘on the brink’ – Chicago Tribune

The rest of CPS' school year — aka budget year — is short. The district's finances are gravely out of whack. And a huge...