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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

Bruce Rauner. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Illinois State Medical Society backs Rauner with $150k

The Illinois State Medical Society PAC has pumped $150,000 into the campaign account of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, state reports show. The money was part of a Rauner campaign filing on Thursday that reflected more than $350,000 to the candidate. 

Cook County loses billions in tax dollars to collar counties

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to make the bitter pill of a $250 million property tax increase to save two city employee pension funds easier to swallow for aldermen, but even if he does that, the backlash from residents could be costly.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform plan will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded. | AP

Analysis: Pension reforms to cost workers $55 million by 2025

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise employee contributions by 29 percent to save two city employee pension funds will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded.

LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama presidential library: Panel advances $100 million boost

An Illinois state House panel on Thursday advanced a plan championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to appropriate $100 million in state funds to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago.

City misses chance to share in $2.2 million fraud judgment

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has “resuscitated” Chicago’s scandal-ridden minority business program, but missed a chance to share in a $2.2 million forfeiture judgment stemming from a minority business fraud by not designating the inspector general’s office as a “law enforcement organization,” Inspector General Joe Ferguson alleged Thursday.

First ever Obama Presidential Library hearing: Who is testifying

For the first time, the players angling for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Chicago are surfacing in public — testifying Thursday morning at an Illinois State House hearing for a proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan D-Chicago to bolster local bids by having the state appropriate $100 million "from the Capital Development Fund to the Capital Development Board for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama." 

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.

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