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Former City Comptroller Amer Ahmad in 2011 | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds want to sentence former Emanuel city comptroller

 

Officials dedicate Jane Byrne Interchange

As thousands of Labor Day weekend travelers inch their way through the city’s expressways, they’ll notice a new group of signs posted at the circle interchange. The confluence of the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways and the Congress Parkway is now the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Officials tout Burr Oak Cemetery’s monument, renovation

The late Emmett Till’s cousin Ollie Gordon nearly choked up Friday as she stood on the grounds of Burr Oak Cemetery where Till’s remains are buried and where a grave reselling scandal had brought many to tears. But on this day, she felt some peace following the dedication of a memorial at the historic black cemetery.

One cabdriver study says Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the taxicab industry has snatched $7,531 a year out of the average cabdriver’s pocket, dropping annual income to $20,234 or just $5.40 an hour. On Thursday, City Hall produced its own study, which paints a somewhat rosier picture: $12.14 an hour and $33,857 a year after expenses. | Getty Images file photo

City study paints rosier picture of cabdriver wages

One cabdriver study says Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s overhaul of the taxicab industry has snatched $7,531 a year out of the average cabdriver’s pocket, dropping annual income to $20,234 or just $5.40 an hour. On Thursday, City Hall produced its own study, which paints a somewhat rosier picture: $12.14 an hour and $33,857 a year after expenses. 

Ex-Cook county worker charged with fraud in flood grant program

Barry Croall, 45, a former Cook County employee, swindled at least $330,000 from a federal flood grants program he was paid to manage, prosecutors say. The $10.3 million federal grant was meant to help residents affected by 2008’s severe floods. But working as a program manager in the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Croall arranged between 2010 and 2011 for three contractors to overbill for their services, prosecutors say.

A person adds a banner to the memorial for police violence victim Eric Garner, during a rally against police violence last week in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (File Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Heavy young men get labeled for the worse

Devonte Washington, in his second year at Kennedy-King College on the South Side, hauls a backpack when he goes to school. It looks like an itty-bitty thing against his imposing 6-foot-2-inch, heavy frame, and it is useful for more than carrying books. It alters his image. “Nobody bothers me when I have my book bag,” Washington, who is black, said.

Judge Richard Posner. | Sun-Times library

Dumb arguments against same-sex marriage don’t hide bigotry

You know what I admire about bigots? I’m referring to the real wackos, the warped, scary, neo-Nazi, open Klansman, proudly sign-their-name haters. You know what’s kinda great about them? At least they’re candid. 

Former City Comptroller Amer Ahmad in 2011 | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds want to sentence former Emanuel city comptroller

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Amer Ahmad — while Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s convicted former city comptroller remains in a Pakistan jail — because it could take years to extradite him and he may never return to the United States.

Chicago Public Schools' Safe Passage program is expanding to 27 more schools. | AP

Governor hands CPS $10 million for more Safe Passage

Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday announced $10 million in additional spending for Chicago Public Schools’ Safe Passage program. The new money will bring the total spent on the program to about $26 million and allow for 600 more hires of yellow-vested workers around 27 more schools later this fall. In all, Safe Passage routes are in place at 133 elementary and high schools.

Nanci Koschman | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times

Judge rips defendants but dismisses Koschman 'cover-up' lawsuit

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer cited the statute of limitations. But she said, "Many of the defendants . . . chose deliberately not to investigate [the case] or to exaggerate, twist or even manufacture evidence that minimized or exonerated Mr. Vanecko’s involvement."

 
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