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"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas (pictured in January 2014). | Getty Images

Emanuel to Chicago civic leaders: Find spot for Lucas museum

Hermene Hartman, publisher of N'DIGO magazine (pictured in 2011). | Spencer Green/AP

N’DIGO mag chief backing Rauner: 'I am not a paid mouthpiece'

It’s no secret that Hermene Hartman, publisher of N’DIGO magazine, has been pitching GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner big-time in the black community. It’s no secret she announced via her magazine that she has switched to the Republican Party because “it is about the man and his plan.” But she didn't say was that her company, Hartman Publishing, was paid $51,000 by Citizens for Rauner to run four events in February and March.

"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas (pictured in January 2014). | Getty Images

Emanuel to Chicago civic leaders: Find spot for Lucas museum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday gave a dozen civic leaders until mid-May to find an “accessible” site for a project with huge tourism potential: an interactive museum spearheaded by movie mogul George Lucas to house his formidable collection of artwork and filmmaking memorabilia.

John Racasi (left) was sentenced to 18 months and Thomas Hawkins received two years for taking bribes to lower property tax bills. | Sun-Times file photo

Two Cook County employees get prison for bribery scheme

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle backed Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios' re-election for head of the county Democratic Party. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times file photo

Berrios gets fifth term as county Democratic boss

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios saw no opposition in his bid for a fifth term as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

Visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the craps table while other play the slot machines in Joliet in this May 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

City not at the table for casino discussion

A massive casino in the heart of Chicago’s downtown was the topic on the mind of state lawmakers during an hourslong hearing Wednesday across the street from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. 

The slow pace of fundraising by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced she does not plan to challenge him for mayor. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Slow Preckwinkle fundraising makes mayoral bid seem unlikely

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president’s latest campaign financing report.

Chicago Ald. Will Burns (4th, left) and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) confer during the City Council meeting in March. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Aldermen search everywhere for alternatives to property tax hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise property taxes by $250 million to shore up the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds — and a looming, $600 million payment to stabilize  police and fire pension funds — has aldermen looking under every rock for alternative sources of revenue.

Same-sex marriage license applications near 1,000 in Cook County

About a fifth of all marriage licenses issued so far in Cook County are to couples from outside Illinois. In all, 23 other states are listed on the licenses. About 950 applications had been filed by Tuesday, with the number expected to reach 1,000 by Friday, according to the Cook County clerk's office.

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