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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley leaves Northwestern Memorial Hospital in February. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times

Daley will not be called to testify in Park Grill case

The Willis Clan performs on Wednesday's episode of "America's Got Talent." | NBC photo

Willis Clan moves on to next round of ‘America’s Got Talent'

After Wednesday night's show, the Willis Clan got the go-ahead from "America's Got Talent" judges to move on to the next round at Radio City Music Hall. Performers are vying for a $1 million prize. The Willis Clan will appear on the show again on Tuesday, performing live from the storied New York City theater.

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Ald. Cappleman figures he has license to act this way

This has been quite a week for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) LCSW. If you don’t know, LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker, which is Cappleman’s profession by training, as he always makes sure to remind everyone. Cappleman brought it up again Wednesday while explaining why he opposes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed moratorium on redeveloping or demolishing the city’s dwindling supply of single-room occupancy and residential hotels.

Ald. Pat Dowell chats with Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS closes last electrical training program for students

Chicago Public Schools said its closed its last electrical training program for lack of student interest but a South Side alderman is joining growing efforts to revive it.

John Thomas leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in April. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Con man: Let me out of prison to fix mess from crime I committed

Serial con man John Thomas has been locked up for two months since he pleaded guilty to a $370,000 scam that ripped off Riverdale taxpayers and left the south suburb’s blighted marina in ruins. But now the 52-year-old former federal mole and real estate developer says he’s the only person who can fix the mess he made — so he’s asking a judge to temporarily release him from prison.

Enaam Arnaout, head of the Chicago-based Islamic charity Benevolence International Foundation, is shown in this undated photo distributed by the U.S. government. | File photo.

Alleged bin Laden associate should lose citizenship, U.S. says

A southwest suburban used car salesman and former Muslim charity leader who was an alleged associate of Osama bin Laden should be stripped of his U.S. citizenship, the feds say.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) at a Chicago City Council meeting in May. File Photo| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on stolen cell phones

Chicago Police would have another tool to track cell phone thefts that account for 30 percent of all thefts citywide, under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

West Side Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) talks to reporters after Wednesday's License Committee meeting about her watered-down to exempt restaurants from her crackdown on BYOB's. Photo by Fran Spielman.

Watered-down BYOB crackdown advances with restaurants exempt

Bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant is a Chicago tradition that customers like and restaurant owners and their local aldermen want to keep. West Side Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) finally understands that — albeit eight months late. On Wednesday, Graham convinced her once recalcitrant colleagues on the City Council’s License Committee to go along with a watered-down ordinance that exempts restaurants, but still allows aldermen to strip BYOB privileges from parts of their wards.

Board of Education President David J. Vitale talks at the Chicago Public School Board meeting on Wednesday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Chicago Board of Education passes $6.8 billion budget

Chicago homeowners can expect their property taxes to go up after the Board of Education on Wednesday approved a $6.8 billion budget for Chicago Public Schools that critics say uses another accounting gimmick to provide a short-term solution. 

A Chicago Architecture Tour on Segway takes a break in 2005. File Photo. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Segways shifted to protected bike lane near Millennium Park

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) isn’t done regulating Segways — even after imposing limits on speed and tour size. On Wednesday, Reilly convinced his colleagues on the City Council’s Transportation Committee to let Segways use a new and improved protected bike lane on upper East Randolph between Michigan Ave.nue and North Harbor Drive.

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