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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

 
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.

Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday afternoon for a pro-Israel rally across the street from the Israeli Consulate in Chicago. | Becky Schlikerman/Sun-Times

Hundreds rally in front of Israeli consulate

A pro-Israel rally Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago drew about 500 of people to the street in front of the Israeli Consulate. Another 100 people joined a pro-Palestine rally nearby.

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. 

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton (left), the mother of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton, stands next to Michelle Obama in U.S. House of Representatives before the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2013. | Courtesy ABC Network News

Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday?

The Shamiya tragedy: Sneed is wondering if the tragic death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover with friends Friday in West Garfield Park, will be addressed by first lady Michelle Obama when she hits town Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Calling delayed tent removal ‘homeless outreach’ a bit of reach

City officials postponed a “homeless outreach” effort planned for Monday night in which Chicago Police and Park District security personnel were scheduled to root out individuals sleeping in tents along the north lakefront. It may be coincidental, but the change of plans didn’t come until late Monday afternoon after I’d made a few calls to learn more about the “outreach,” which sounded a lot like a sweep or crackdown to me.

Concept Schools offices in Des Plaines. | Dan Mihalopoulos/Sun-Times

Search warrants reveal details of FBI raid of Concept Schools

The recent FBI raid at the Des Plaines headquarters of Concept Schools focused on many of the politically connected charter-school operator’s top administrators and companies with close ties to Concept, according to federal documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

 
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