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Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks during a roundtable discussion earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

City’s cash balance, police arrests down — emergency responses up

 
Jack and Marty Higgins with Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2005. File Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times

Daley pal gets lucrative development deal — despite unpaid taxes

Nine months ago, Jack Higgins — a longtime friend of former Mayor Richard M. Daley — had to walk away from his winning bid to develop nine-acres of government land on the West Side because he didn’t disclose his federal tax liens totaling nearly $2.8 million. On Tuesday, the Illinois Medical District Commission selected a new development team for the $300 million project — and Higgins is part of the team.

Ald. Will Burns during a City Council meeting in April. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy program into closed school

In spite of promises made by the Chicago Public Schools chief not to put schools into buildings shuttered for being underused, CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy’s special academic program into the

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the Chicago City Council's budget committee, is worried about people who end up on the do-not-hire list after they are accused, but who then find it hard to have their names removed if they are acquitted or charges are dropped. She says the removal process shouldn't take so long. | Sun-Times File Photo

Aldermen embrace do-not-hire list in post-Shakman era

Chicago aldermen have agreed to follow a "do-not-hire" list, as long recommended by a federal monitor. The list would show people who, because of past misconduct, are banned from city employment.

Jim Franczek (left), the city's chief labor negotiator, talks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader, Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), after Tuesday's committee vote ratifying a new $80 million contract that will give firefighters and paramedics an 11 percent pay raise over five years. (Photo by Fran Spielman)​

Council panel ratifies $80 million firefighters contract

Chicago firefighters will get $32 million in back pay within 75 days—and the city will get a dramatic upgrade in ambulance care — under a five-year contract advanced Tuesday that opens the door to even higher pay raises.

Some residents near O'Hare International Airport are complaining that new traffic patterns have dramatically increased noise levels in their neighborhoods. The city has agreed to install more noise monitors as it continues to look into the issue. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

City to install new O'Hare noise monitors

Eight additional monitors will be installed to track airplane noise around O'Hare International Airport, the city annouced Tuesday. The work comes in the wake of a change in flight patterns that have dramatically increased jet noise in some neighborhoods, according to residents.

Both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators showed up at the Israeli Consulate Tuesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times photos

Hundreds rally in front of Israeli consulate

On one side of the street, hundreds of Israeli supporters holding blue and white flags gathered. On the other, pro-Palestine activists stared across and demanded an end to Israeli “apartheid.” The heated stand-off on Tuesday outside the Israeli consulate in the Loop lasted more than an hour and ended with one arrest, according to Chicago Police.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks during a roundtable discussion earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

City’s cash balance, police arrests down — emergency responses up

Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2013 with $33.9 million in cash on hand — virtually unchanged from last year, but down from $167 million two years ago, city audits show. Emanuel also failed to make a dent in the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers. The 2013 city audits provide a treasure trove of information about city finances and operations. 

 
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