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William Alden

Bailed-Out Banks Finance 'Legalized Loan Shark' Lenders, Says New Report | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Big banks that received TARP bailout money are funding payday lenders -- companies Senator Dick Durbin (D - Ill.) termed "bottom feeders" -- and which...

Rahm Emanuel Polls Chicago About Possible Mayor Run

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Speculation is growing that Rahm Emanuel will run for mayor of Chicago, as the White House Chief of Staff has hired a pollster to survey Chicagoans ab...

Celebrate Mexican Independence Around Chicago

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

While Little Village celebrated the Mexican Independence Day Parade this past weekend, the actual date of Mexican independence is just around the corn...

Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald Has Parkinson's, Is Stepping Down

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Published reports say Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald is stepping down from the Supreme Court because he has Parkinson's Disease....

Gutierrez For Mayor? He's Sure Acting Like It

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

On the record, congressman Luis Gutierrez still isn't sure whether or not he's going to run for mayor of Chicago. But at the Mexican Independence Day...

Lawsuit: Stroger Made 150 Forbidden Political Hires

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger violated a ban on political hiring more than 150 times since the start of 2008, the attorney at the center of...

Police Seized Woman's Phone With Naked Pics On It, Charge Her Over Text

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The former Romeoville stripper who wanted her iPhone back from police because it contained naked pictures of her is facing a disorderly conduct charge...

Jason Linkins

Rahm Emanuel Wins Unscientific Poll | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Writing at Ben Smith's eponymous blog, Gabriel Beltrone takes note of an "off-the-cuff, and relatively unscientific" poll, conducted by We Ask America...

Next Week: Three Great Lakefront Museums With Free Days

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

If you've been looking for an excuse to get down to some of Chicago's great lakefront museums, next week will provide the perfect one: they'll be free...

Burris Asks Supreme Court To Let Him Run In Special Senate Election

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

One of the most unpopular Senators in recent history is hoping to stay in his seat just a little longer. Roland Burris, whose approval ratings have b...

Will the Grass Roots Have a Horse in This Race?

Tom Tresser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

Who will be the champion of grass roots economic development, social justice, fully funding public education and reversing the trend towards privatizing everything in sight?

Chicago's Gelato Gems: Where To Get A Sweet Taste Of Summer Before It's Too Late

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Sure, it's starting to get a little chilly out there. But it's still technically summer, and with highs in the 70s this weekend, it's high time to get...

With Daley Retirement, Meigs Field Enthusiasts Getting Their Hopes Up

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

With Mayor Richard Daley set to leave office, it's time to bring back Meigs Field, according to private pilots who still bemoan the shutdown of the la...

PHOTOS: A Walk Through Logan Square's Beautiful, Historic Homes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Thanks to the Logan Square Preservation Society, some of the most beautiful historic homes on the Northwest Side are opening their doors this weekend....

WATCH: 'Who Is This Guy?' Quinn Hits 'Millionaire' Brady With New Ad

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Facing long odds in his election campaign against an upstart Republican challenger, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has released a new ad with a distinctl...

Rahmbo Rahmno: The Case for a Woman to Replace Mayor Daley

Rebecca Sive | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

The only clean break with the past that matters is electing a pro-women woman the next Mayor of Chicago.

WATCH: 'Transformers 3' Accident That Left Extra In A Coma

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

An entertainment blog has posted video of the accident that critically injured an extra on the set of 'Transformers 3' outside of Chicago. Radar Onli...

City Clerk del Valle Announces He'll Be Running For Mayor

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's city clerk has become the first person since Mayor Daley's bombshell announcement on Tuesday to declare his candidacy for mayor. Miguel del...

On Daley's Retirement

Andy Thayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

He got out just in time. At the outset of the recession, the city already was a financial basket case, slipping dramatically further once the Olympics announcement was safely out of the way.

Running for Mayor in "Post-Racial" Chicago

Matt Farmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Matt Farmer

With the stakes high during the mayoral race, there's absolutely no reason to think that Chicago's professional class of surrogate race-baiters (white, black, and Hispanic) will sit on the sidelines.

World's Highest Ice Skating Rink Coming to Chicago's John Hancock Center

AOL Travel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

Chicago locals and visitors will soon be able to boast that they skated on the world's highest ice skating rink. Located on the 94th floor of the 100...

This Weekend: Windy City Wine Festival

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Oenophiles, rejoice: the finest grapes from around the world are coming to Buckingham Fountain this weekend. The Windy City Wine Festival is bringing...

PHOTOS: New Year, Big Meal, Six Restaurants For Rosh Hashanah Dinner

Huffington Post | Will Guzzardi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, begins Wednesday night at sunset. It's a time of celebrating the possibilities of the coming year, and begins the ...

CARP CZAR: John Goss Appointed To Oversee Federal Response

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The White House has tapped a former leader of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and the Indiana Wildlife Federation as the Asian carp czar t...

WATCH: Alexi's New Ad Features Obama Endorsement

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias has released a new television spot, in which he takes a position that some other Democrats have been reluc...