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Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday a plan to offer free City Colleges tuition to qualifying CPS graduates will cost about $2 million a year — provided that most of those students qualify for federal grants. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel puts $2 million first-year pricetag on scholarship offer

 
President Obama jumps aboard Marine One after landing in Gary on his way to downtown Chicago on Wednesday night. | Scott Olson / Getty Images

Obama dining at RPM steak with Chicago pals

President Barack Obama is dining Wednesday night back home in Chicago at RPM Steak on Kinzie, joined by Chicago pals including Marty Nesbitt, the chair of the Obama Foundation, which is currently seeking detailed bids from four schools competing to host the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.

An American Airlines jet is prepared for a flight at O'Hare Airport in December. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Navy mom making waves over airline losing son’s seabag

Seaman recruit Thomas Tudisco Jr., fresh out of boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, boarded the first flight of his life Saturday from O’Hare en route to his new assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Naturally, the airline lost his seabag. This left the 18-year-old Tudisco without his uniforms, his personal effects or even a clean change of underwear, which is probably not the best way in the military for a new recruit to make a good first impression.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announcing the Chicago Star Scholarship program on Wednesday.| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel rules out raising property, sales and gas taxes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ruled out pre-election increases in property, sales or gasoline taxes but pointedly refused to say whether he would steer clear of any other taxes, fines or fees.

State Sen. Donne Trotter enters the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Michael Schmidt

Bribe allegations against state Sen. Donne Trotter withdrawn

Defense attorneys in the illegal lobbying trial of C. Greg Turner have withdrawn allegations that state Sen. Donne Trotter accepted a $2,000 cash bribe as part of an FBI sting.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago cab drivers don't need a fare increase. He says he prefers saving them money by easing regulations. | File Photo

Emanuel says cab fare hike not needed, prefers to fix bureaucracy

Chicago cabdrivers have been waiting nearly 10 years for a fare hike. Their wait will continue if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way — and not just until after the election.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday a plan to offer free City Colleges tuition to qualifying CPS graduates will cost about $2 million a year — provided that most of those students qualify for federal grants. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel puts $2 million first-year pricetag on scholarship offer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said his offer of free City Colleges tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 grade-point average will cost about $2 million a year — though that assumes 85 percent of them will get federal Pell grants.

A traveler looks at a flight departure board Monday at O'Hare. | AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Emanuel frustrated with FAA response, lack of backup plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday expressed frustration with how long it is taking federal aviation officials to the local air-traffic control system back to normal.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Star Scholarships program Wednesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS students with good GPA might get free ride to City Colleges

Chicago Public School students who graduate from high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or better would be guaranteed free tuition at any one of Chicago’s seven City Colleges, under a mayoral plan announced Wednesday.

 
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