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Ald. Patrick O'Connor (right) and Ald. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (left) at a City Council meeting in 2012. File Photo. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

On second attempt, earlier Sunday liquor sales get committee OK

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about stronger gun laws at the police station at 51st & Wentworth on April 14. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

A/C in city schools could help cool summer violence

Memo to detractors giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to provide air conditioning for every Chicago Public School classroom the cold shoulder: Ya gotta be kidding! It’s too expensive, you say? What price does one put on the life of a child when hot weather fuels violence? What price is too high to for preventing a child from getting killed?

John Thomas leaves the Dirksen Federal Building last week after being indicted for allegedly stealing $370,000 from the Village of Riverdale in tax increment financing funds connected to the development of Riverdale Marina. File Photo.| Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-government mole rips suburb for accusing him of TIF scam

A convicted fraudster accused of stealing $370,000 that was meant to be used to redevelop south suburban Riverdale’s marina accused the village of trying to “ruin my life” and said the town’s taxpayers can keep the marina. Real estate developer John Thomas — a former government mole — delivered the angry rant outside court Wednesday afternoon, just moments after prosecutors accused him of violating the terms of his bail.

From left, Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) and Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) at a Chicago City Council meeting earlier this month. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garbage collection fee to help fix pension mess proposed

On Wednesday, Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) joined the desperate search for less painful alternatives to the mayor's proposed property tax hike — and found one by resurrecting the idea of a monthly fee for garbage collection.

Chicago hosts White House working families conference on Monday

WASHINGTON--The White House hosts a conference on working families in Chicago on Monday, featuring a cast of Chicagoans-- White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; First Lady Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, in her role as White House Council on Women and Girls Executive Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill.

The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza (pictured) would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs. | Sun-Times files

City council poised to raise fines for registering cars in burbs

The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza and advanced by the License Committee would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs.

Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) | Sun-Times file photo

Reilly pushes tightening noose on 'worst actors' in valet parking

Chicago would throw the book at the “worst actors” in the valet parking industry — companies that operate without a license and those using counterfeit pay-and-display parking receipts — under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

Ald. Patrick O'Connor (right) and Ald. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (left) at a City Council meeting in 2012. File Photo. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

On second attempt, earlier Sunday liquor sales get committee OK

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council floor leader tried again Wednesday to extend the hours of Sunday liquor sales in Chicago — and succeeded by appeasing colleagues concerned about exacerbating an outdoor drinking problem that creates a breeding ground for other crime.

Carla Oglesby, pictured in 2011. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Former Stroger aide gets 6½ years for theft, money laundering

An ex-aide to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 6½ years Wednesday for steering more than $300,000 in phony county government contracts to her own company and her pals.

Shoppers carry paper and plastic shopping bags in Portland, Ore., in 2010. The city passed a ban a year later. (AP File Photo/The Oregonian, Ross William Hamilton)

Restaurants and small independents exempt from plastic bag ban

Chicago retailers would be prohibited from putting their merchandise in plastic bags, but restaurants and small independents would be exempt, under a groundbreaking compromise hammered out by the City Council.

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