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Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Trump happy over Emanuel crackdown on signs

 
In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting

State Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman, lawyers for a South Side man allege. And C. Gregory Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. Turner is due to stand trial later this month for illegally lobbying on behalf of Zimbabwean president and international pariah Robert Mugabe.

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to tighten the ordinance governing signs along Michigan Avenue to encourage understated signs like this one. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Reilly wants classier, more subtle signs along Michigan Ave.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to raise the aesthetic bar for the special sign district already established along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road.

Salim Ucan, Concept Schools vice president, said the Des Plaines-based charter-school operator “will definitely look into" new misconduct allegations involving two of its schools in Ohio.

Ohio adds 2 schools run by Des Plaines' Concept chain to probe

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Trump happy over Emanuel crackdown on signs

After a clash of giant egos, developer Donald Trump on Wednesday got the last laugh in his sign war with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Emanuel proposed a crackdown on riverfront signs that will inadvertently help to promote Trump’s treasured brand.

By turning the Chicago Riverfront into a “sign district”—with sharp limits on the size, placement and make-up of future signs—Emanuel hopes to prevent Chicago’s next great public space from turning into a cheesy Midwest version of the Las Vegas strip.

But that also means that the 2,891 square foot sign that Trump used to brand his 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower will have far less competition for the eye to see.

Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’

As one of 50 aldermen, Bob Fioretti could rail against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, cast his votes in the City Council – and pretty much avoid the most intense scrutiny. Now, as the first potentially serious challenger to the mayor’s re-election bid, Fioretti also must account for whatever is packed away in the baggage he’s brought with him to the February 2015 election campaign.

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla., on June 18, 2013. | Chris O’Meara/AP

Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he would end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times \

Emanuel unveils plan to end veterans homelessness

On the eve of his 2003 re-election, former Mayor Richard M. Daley established a goal of ending homelessness in Chicago by 2012 and embraced a plan to make it happen. It called for shifting the focus away from shelters and toward permanent housing with a bottomless network of social services to “rebuild souls,” as Daley liked to say. On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lowered the bar to a more realistic, but still difficult goal to achieve: ending homelessness among veterans in Chicago by the end of 2015.

 
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