Polo Briones got a reasonably priced alternative to campus housing when the senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago moved to La Casa, a college dormitory in Pilsen for students attending colleges all over the city. Two years ago I wrote about the opening of La Casa, the first dormitory of its kind in the U.S., designed to house 100 full-time college students spread throughout the city. I stopped by again this week for an update.
Within the next several weeks, 50,000 motorists with a total of $2.2 million in idle I-Pass accounts will get letters telling them to contact the Illinois Tollway by Oct. 1, or else their I-Pass account balances will be transferred to the state’s unclaimed property program, officials warned Thursday.
Defense attorney Beau Brindley is accused in a federal indictment of coaching a witness to commit perjury in a drug case. | Sun-Times File Photo
Just two years ago, lawyer Beau Brindley stood at one of the peaks of his brilliant young career — representing drug dealer Alexander Vasquez in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.
But on Thursday, Brindley’s status as a rising star of Chicago’s criminal defense bar took a severe blow when he was federally indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in Vasquez’s case.
On Thursday, the city announced an expansion Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program, which will result in 175 new stations being installed next spring.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is standing behind a hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates that has infuriated firefighters, despite surprise opposition from Chicago Teachers Union president and possible mayoral challenger Karen Lewis.
A drawing of the indoor sports complex planned for 103rd and Woodlawn in the Pullman neighborhood. | Courtesy of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives
The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the Pullman Community Center, an indoor sports facility proposed for 103rd and Woodlawn; it’s expected to include three artificial-turf fields that can be used for either baseball, football or soccer. Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) called it a “game-changer” for South Side sports.
Depending on who you ask, red-light cameras are supposed to make Chicago’s streets safer. Or they're simply a cash cow for the city, with some saying the cameras are excessive and give unfair violations.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced details of Illinois' share of a massive settlement. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times
The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel participate in a Divvy bike neighborhood tour in October as part of Chicago Ideas Week. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program the largest in North America — with 4,750 bikes and 475 stations in 31 wards — has hit another speed bump.
Chicago Public Schools officials are not allowing a beleaguered charter school operator to open a planned South Side campus next month, CPS officials said Thursday.
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