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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

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 $5.76 billion budget

The Board of Education unanimously passed on Wednesday a $5.76 billion operating budget for Chicago Public Schools that banks hard on pension solutions from Springfield and depends on 14 months of revenue to pay for 12 months of spending — a move watchdogs have described as “gimmicky”.

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.

The city will offer thousands of motorists who were nabbed by red-light cameras at a dozen intersections a chance to appeal those tickets one more time. That could add up to about 9,000 tickets. | Sun-Times File Photo

Emanuel offers appeal for 9,000 mysterious red-light tickets

Motorists who got one of the roughly 9,000 tickets issued during apparent "spikes" in red-light camera enforcement at a dozen intersections will be notified of a chance to have those violations reviewed one more time, under a plan unveiled Wednesday.

Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett listens to opening remarks at a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. | Sun-Times File Photo

LIVE BLOG: CPS votes on budget

The Chicago Board of Education is voting today on its budget. Get live updates from Lauren FitzPatrick and other reporters at the board meeting.

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

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley isn’t going to have to testify in City Hall’s lawsuit to break a sweetheart contract the Park Grill restaurant awarded under Daley. After reviewing affidavits on Daley’s medical condition behind closed doors, the Park Grill’s operators and lawyers agreed Wednesday to withdraw their subpoena to put the former mayor on the witness stand.

Joseph Gutman, managing partner of Grosvenor Capital, donated $25,000 to a political action committee supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election. So did his wife, Sheila (right). Those were among six contributions from a handful of donors who helped the "Chicago Forward" PAC bring in $350,000 in just one day. | Sun-Times Media

Emanuel Super PAC rakes in $350,000 more in one day

A Super-PAC supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election raised $350,000 in one day this month from six contributors.

After inviting Mayor Byrne to lead off Hike for Hearts in 1980, Shelby Norris, a Chicago Heart Association representative, gives her a kiss.

A ‘perfect’ way to honor the legacy of Jane Byrne

An icon is about to be honored. The selection of a fitting city monument to honor the legacy of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, is coming to a close.

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