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Entries by Tim Taliaferro from 10/2009

Shining Light On County Lobbyists

Posted 10.01.2009 | Chicago

UPDATE: The Lobbyist Sunshine Initiative passed the finance committee unanimously on Thursday. It goes to a full vote at the Board's Oct. 6 meeting. ...

Danny Davis Hedging On Run For County Board President

Posted 10.01.2009 | Chicago

Congressman Danny Davis may be backing away from a run for Cook County Board president in order to keep his seat in Washington. Davis has said repeat...

Ditka Endorses Hughes Over Kirk In Senate Race

Posted 10.01.2009 | Chicago

Da Coach isn't backing the favorite. Former Bears coach Mike Ditka, a longtime conservative who stumped with Sara Palin during the 2008 presidential ...

Teachers Union Wants Separate School For Disruptive Students

Posted 10.02.2009 | Chicago

The president of the Chicago Teachers Union wants Chicago to create an alternative school for chronically disruptive students....

Inspector's Report: Huberman Guilty Of 'Significant Management Failure'

Posted 10.02.2009 | Chicago

Chicago schools chief Ron Huberman -- Mayor Daley's former corruption-fighting chief of staff -- is being accused of a "significant management failure...

President Obama, Michelle Obama's 2016 Olympics Speeches: Full Transcript

Posted 10.02.2009 | Chicago

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama made separate speeches to the International Olympic Committee in support of Chicago's bid for the...

Chicago 2016 Closing Up Shop, Laying Off 57 By End Of Month

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

The organization that brought you all those banners, ads and fund-raising pitches for the 2016 Olympics in Chicago soon will pay the price for the cit...

Chicago Sun-Times' Future Revealed At 5 P.M. Deadline

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

Today there is a critical deadline in the future of the Chicago Sun-Times. ...

Burge Prosecutor Jeff Cramer Leaving U.S. Attorney's Office

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

In nearly a decade with the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago, he took on defendants including media baron Conrad Black and successfully prosecuted on...

Mark Kirk Reports Big Money Haul In Senate Race

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

Republican Senate candidate Mark Kirk said Monday he has raised $1.6 million in the past three months and has $2.3 million in his campaign coffers in ...

Suburban Office Market Hits The Skids, Nears 20-Year Low

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

The suburban office vacancy rate climbed for the ninth straight quarter, to 20.1% in the third quarter, the highest level since the early 1990s, as bu...

City Libraries Slashing Hours After Layoffs

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

Chicago's 76 branch public libraries will cut back their weekday hours, effective Jan. 2, to minimize the impact of recent layoffs that have books sta...

David Hoffman Reports Raising $900,000 For Senate Run

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

Democratic Senate candidate David Hoffman reported Monday that he has raised $905,137 in the month since announcing his candidacy for the seat current...

Mike Quigley Endorses Pat Quinn For Governor Over Hynes

Posted 10.05.2009 | Chicago

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley endorsed Pat Quinn Monday in the governor's bid for outright election to the job he inherited after Rod Blagojevich was impeach...

Daley Holds Violence Meeting In Wake of Derrion Albert Beating Death

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

On his first day back at work after the Olympics debacle, Mayor Daley called a high-level meeting Monday with city and school officials to seek an ans...

Christina Sykora Charged With Setting Up Pre-Teen Relative's Rape

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

An Aurora woman was charged Monday with facilitating the rape of a preteen female relative....

Jim Ryan, Former GOP Attorney General, Eyes Second Run For Governor

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

Two-time Republican Attorney General Jim Ryan, who left politics nearly seven years after losing a bid for governor to Rod Blagojevich, is contemplati...

Nancy Faust, Longtime White Sox Organist, Retiring After 2010 Season

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

Nancy Faust, beloved fixture as the White Sox organist for 40 years, says she will be playing her swan song at the end of the 2010 season....

Jacob Meister Loans Senate Campaign $1 Million

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

A spokeswoman for Democratic candidate Jacob Meister, an attorney, estimates the campaign took in $1,057,000 in the third quarter. All but about $27,0...

Giannoulias Trails Kirk In Latest Fundraising But Leads Overall Senate Money Race

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias reported Tuesday his campaign raised $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2009 and has $2.4 million on hand in the r...

State Tax Revenues Down Almost $600M From Last Year

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

The state's money woes are worse than predicted due to plummeting tax revenues and an unprecedented number of unpaid bills, the Illinois comptroller's...

Video Gambling Ban Passes Cook County Board

Posted 10.06.2009 | Chicago

The Cook County Board today tweaked its ban on video gambling to ensure the betting machines won't be allowed in unincorporated areas under Gov. Pat Q...

1 In 5 Cab Drivers Assaulted On The Job: UIC Survey

Posted 10.07.2009 | Chicago

When Hong "Steve" Kim, 50, a cabdriver from Humboldt Park, got robbed at gunpoint in his cab a few years ago, the assailant told him he was lucky....

Naperville Bans Homeless From Sleeping Downtown

Posted 10.07.2009 | Chicago

Naperville will no longer allow Scott Huber to live on a downtown sidewalk where he has been camped for years....

Potential Sun-Times Bidder Says He Was Blocked From Meeting With Union

Posted 10.07.2009 | Chicago

CHICAGO — A major roadblock to sealing a deal on the sale of the Chicago Sun-Times appears to have been swept away. Leaders of five unions that...