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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

 
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 Donne Trotter withdrawn

Defense attorneys in the illegal lobbying trial of C. Greg Turner have withdrawn allegations that state Sen.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.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about a new medical, health and biopharma innovation hub in the Merchandise Mart in August. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel super PAC rakes in $2.4 million since late June

The new super PAC created to re-elect Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his City Council allies has raked in nearly $2.4 million since its June launch, thanks to a new round of donations from business titans, philanthropists and organized labor.

President Barack Obama talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they walk over to greet people after Obama arrived at O'Hare International Airport in May. | Susan Walsh/AP

Obama to use Gary airport, not O'Hare or Midway after FAA fire

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly in and out of the airport at Gary, Ind., on Wednesday and Thursday, in the wake of flight delays still plaguing O'Hare and Midway airports following an arson fire on Friday damaging the FAA radar facility in Aurora. 

GOP Chair Timothy Schneider told the City Club of Chicago that Republicans are gaining traction in four congressional races. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

IL GOP Party Chair predicts 'great energy' for Republicans in Nov

GOP Chair Timothy Schneider predicted November would bear plentiful fruit for Illinois Republicans, from the governor’s race to state house seats to Capitol Hill.

Thomas Barrows of Chicago Ricksaw, shown last year getting ready to head out for a Chicago Bulls game at the United Center. | Sun-Times library

Pedicab licensing slowed by downtown ban, operators say

Chicago pedicab owners have warned that they would be forced out of business by the city’s draconian plan to cap them at 200, permanently ban them from Michigan Avenue and State Street and keep the

 
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