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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

 
President Obama jumps aboard Marine One after landing in Gary on his way to downtown Chicago on Wednesday night. | Scott Olson / Getty Images

Obama dines at RPM Steak with Chicago pals

President Barack Obama dined Wednesday night back home in Chicago at RPM Steak on Kinzie, joined by Chicago pals including Marty Nesbitt, the chair of the Obama Foundation, which is currently seeking detailed bids from four schools competing to host the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.

An American Airlines jet is prepared for a flight at O'Hare Airport in December. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Navy mom making waves over airline losing son’s seabag

Seaman recruit Thomas Tudisco Jr., fresh out of boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, boarded the first flight of his life Saturday from O’Hare en route to his new assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Naturally, the airline lost his seabag. This left the 18-year-old Tudisco without his uniforms, his personal effects or even a clean change of underwear, which is probably not the best way in the military for a new recruit to make a good first impression.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel testifies during a House Committee Hearing on Personnel and Pensions at the Illinois State Capitol in 2012. | Seth Perlman/AP

Chicago pension crisis balloons, underscoring calls for reform

Chicago’s unfunded pension obligations have ballooned to $37.3 billion — a more than three-fold increase since 2003 — because of inadequate employer contributions, declining investment income and a shrinking base of active employees, a taxpayers’ watchdog group has concluded. The Civic Federation’s latest report on the Chicago area’s 10 public employee pension funds does not factor in a Chicago pension reform bill signed by Gov. Pat Quinn that saved the Municipal Employees and Laborers pension funds.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announcing the Chicago Star Scholarship program on Wednesday.| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel rules out raising property, sales and gas taxes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ruled out pre-election increases in property, sales or gasoline taxes but pointedly refused to say whether he would steer clear of any other taxes, fines or fees.

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.

 
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