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Entries by Will Guzzardi from 06/2010

Chicago BP Stations Hurt By Boycotts

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

Activists around the country have been protesting British Petroleum for its response to the Gulf oil spill. And some Chicago-area gas stations say the...

Obama Administration: Chicago River Should Be Safe For Swimming

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

In a significant policy shift, the Obama administration is calling for a once-unfathomable idea: The Chicago River, an erstwhile prairie stream engine...

Blagojevich Trial: Tony Rezko Not On Prosecution Witness List

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

Once a prolific fund-raiser for Rod Blagojevich and Barack Obama, Tony Rezko is one of the most recognizable figures in the Blagojevich legal saga. Y...

Cook County Boycotts Arizona, Then Hires Arizona Firm

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

Cook County, Chicago's home and the second-most populous county in the United States, took a bold stand on Tuesday. By a 10-6 vote, the county commiss...

Daley To Feds On Chicago River Cleanup: 'Go Swim In The Potomac'

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

In his typically blunt style, Mayor Richard M. Daley replied Wednesday afternoon to a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency, urging that his...

Drew Peterson Trial Delayed Until July 9

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

JOLIET, Ill. — A judge has delayed the trial of a former suburban Chicago police officer in the death of his third wife. Drew Peterson has plea...

General Assembly Scholarships Handed Out To Ineligible Children Of Political Backer

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

Year after year, state Rep. Robert Molaro doled out publicly funded scholarships to the family of a longtime political supporter, ultimately giving th...

CPS: Teacher Compensation Tied To Scores Delivers Few Results

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

After failing to win the first round of grants, the State of Illinois applied Wednesday for a second round of federal Race to the Top funds. The $4 b...

Michael Jackson Complex Coming To Gary, If Estate Allows

Posted 06.02.2010 | Chicago

The city of Gary, Indiana has planned an ambitious $300 million complex honoring the legacy of native son and superstar Michael Jackson. His father...

BP Building 503 In Naperville, Now Destroyed, Gave Dozens Of Workers Brain Tumors

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

In recent weeks, BP demolished Building 503 of its Naperville research campus where at least six former chemical researchers of what was then Amoco Co...

Jon Burge Trial: Fellow Cops Seeking To Plead The Fifth, Avoid Perjury Rap

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

Well, there's always the Fifth Amendment, right? You take the stand, repeatedly invoke the Fifth, and you go home. You won't have helped Burge at al...

Supreme Court Ruling Could Change Chicago Police Interrogation Tactics

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

Chicago's police force is notorious for its rough handling of suspects in interrogations. Just last month, the department settled a class-action lawsu...

Chicago Wal-Mart Vote Delayed Again

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

The fate of a new Chicago Wal-Mart is still hanging in the balance, as the City Council's Zoning Committee once again postponed a vote on the project....

Target To Open Clinics In Chicago-Area Stores

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

Target Corp. said today it will open health-care clinics starting in September inside its stores in Chicago's South Loop and Near North neighborhoods ...

Illinois Newspaper Forced To Disclose Names Of Anonymous Commenters (POLL)

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

A downstate Illinois newspaper must reveal the identity of an anonymous online commenter, according to a new appellate court ruling that could have wi...

Porn Search Capital Of The U.S.: Elmhurst, Illinois

Posted 06.03.2010 | Chicago

UPDATE: Commenters on this story have pointed out that Elmhurst is home to DSL and cable internet switching facilities. As a result, internet traff...

Russell And Abby Cole, Deerfield Couple, Defrauded Best Buy Of $41 Million

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

A federal jury in Minnesota today convicted a Deerfield couple of defrauding retail giant Best Buy by overcharging the company more than $41 million f...

Bacci Pizza Owner Robert Di Diana Pleads Guilty To Arson

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

The owner of the Bacci pizzeria chain pleaded guilty to arson today and accepted a four-year prison sentence for hiring gang members to set fire to a ...

Massive Development Planned For Abandoned South Side Steel Mill

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

The City Council Zoning Committee gave a thumbs up to a proposal by a development group including Chicago-based McCaffery Interests to build condomini...

Mark Kirk Apology STILL Wrong: Says Navy Calls His Award 'Prestigious', But It's Not Even In The Manual

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

Mark Kirk, Republican candidate for US Senate in Illinois, spent the better part of Thursday evening apologizing and clarifying to the editorial board...

Tribune Execs Threw Poker Party In Company 'Shrine' (PHOTOS)

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

Images posted by Robert Feder, a long-time Chicago Sun-Times columnist who now writes for WBEZ's Vocalo.org blog, show executives from the Chicago Tri...

John Ardelean Charges Dropped: Cop Accused Of DUI In Fatal Crash Walks (VIDEO)

Posted 06.04.2010 | Chicago

John Ardelean, a police officer who was seen drinking extensively just before killing two men in a car crash, walked free from the Criminal Courts bui...

Bulls New Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau, Boston Celtics Defensive Mastermind

Posted 06.06.2010 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Tom Thibodeau, the defensive mastermind who helped the Boston Celtics reach the NBA finals for the second time in three years as an as...

Stacy Peterson Search Suspended As Authorities Need 'More Sophisticated Equipment' (VIDEO)

Posted 06.06.2010 | Chicago

Following up on a "credible lead," police spent the day Saturday digging at a farm near Peoria, Illinois, looking for the remains of the missing Stacy...

Daley Pushes Again For South Side Wal-Mart

Posted 06.06.2010 | Chicago

At the grand opening of a Far South Side shopping mall Saturday, Mayor Daley again pushed his case for new city Wal-Marts in minority neighborhoods. ...