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Sep 7, 2010

Chicago Mayor Daley says won’t run for reelection

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said on Tuesday he will not run for reelection to a seventh term in February, saying simply that it was the right time for him to leave.

“In the coming days I know there will be some reflecting on my time as mayor. Many of you will search what’s behind my decision. It’s simple: I’ve always believed that every person, especially public officials, must understand when it’s time to move on.

Aug 3, 2010

Target Corp targeted for political donation

CHICAGO, Aug 3 (Reuters) – In a challenge to corporations’
newfound right to make unlimited campaign donations, U.S.-based
retailer Target (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) found itself in the cross-hairs of a
boycott effort fueled by anger at a Minnesota candidate
strongly opposed to gay rights.

MoveOn.org, the Democratic political advocacy group,
widened a petition drive on Tuesday it had begun last week to
its five million members from Target’s home state of Minnesota
to drum up opposition to Target’s recent $150,000 donation to a
pro-business group, called MN Forward.

Jul 19, 2010

Ex-media mogul Conrad Black to be freed on bond

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Convicted former media mogul Conrad Black will be released from prison on bond pending the outcome of his appeal, following a favorable U.S. Supreme Court decision on a law used to convict him, an appeals court ruled.

The terms of his bond will be determined by the trial judge, Amy St. Eve of the U.S. District Court in Chicago, according to the brief order issued by an appeals court.

Jul 2, 2010

Chicago weighs efforts to curtail gun violence

CHICAGO (Reuters) – When 10 people were fatally shot and 44 others wounded during a balmy June weekend in Chicago, the city was rebranded as a symbol of out-of-control urban violence reminiscent of Al Capone’s bloody reign in the 1920s.

Thanks to a Supreme Court ruling this week undermining Chicago’s strict handgun ban, law-abiding residents will soon be able to legally own a handgun amid the mayhem — although the ruling was criticized by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley as likely to fuel more gun violence.

Jun 16, 2010

Realtors chafe as U.S. housing tax credits expire

CHICAGO, June 16 (Reuters) – The U.S. real estate market
will stage a recovery along with the modestly growing economy,
Freddie Mac’s chief economist said on Wednesday, but real
estate agents worried a recent rebound will prove short-lived.

The modest year-over-year increase in Chicago-area home
sales in recent months is endangered by a market awash in
foreclosures, stubborn lenders and expiring tax credits,
according to unhappy real estate agents attending a
conference.

Jun 15, 2010

US doctors say 1 in 5 insurance claims mishandled

CHICAGO, June 14 (Reuters) – Claims-processing errors by
health insurance companies create billions of dollars in
unnecessary administrative costs, slow down payments to doctors
and frustrate patients, the main U.S. doctor’s group said on
Monday.

The American Medical Association said one-fifth of all
claims are mishandled by health insurers.

Jun 3, 2010

Many companies looking to cut energy costs-survey

CHICAGO, June 3 (Reuters) – More than two-thirds of the
world’s companies expect energy prices to rise, and many have
made or are considering efforts to cut facilities costs with
retrofits, according to survey released on Thursday.

“People consistently are expecting double-digit increases
in energy prices and of course that is the key driver for
energy improvements,” said Clay Nesler of Johnson Controls, who
presented the findings of the global survey of 2,882 firms.

Jun 2, 2010
via Tales from the Trail

Chicago River is plenty clean, Mayor Daley says

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Photo Credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

Upset that the federal government instructed Chicago to clean up its namesake river to make the water swimmable, Mayor Richard Daley suggested Washington attend to the Potomac River and leave him alone.

“Go swim in the Potomac,” Daley told reporters when asked about the letter from the Environmental Protection Agency addressing the condition of the Chicago River. “We’re trying to make this river every day more cleanable.”

Jun 2, 2010

Blagojevich corruption trial may touch Obama

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even Rod Blagojevich’s lawyer finds him a bit strange, which may provide the key to the former Illinois governor’s strategy at his upcoming corruption trial — he was all talk, but no action.

Among the 24 counts of fraud, conspiracy, bribery and racketeering that could land Blagojevich a long prison sentence are charges he dangled President Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder or demanded a cabinet post for himself in exchange for naming an Obama aide to the seat.

Jun 1, 2010

Britain’s Sarah Ferguson says gross stupidity led to sting

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Britain’s Sarah Ferguson said her own self-hatred, mounting debts and “gross stupidity” led her to fall for a videotaped sting by a journalist in which she appeared to offer to sell access to her ex-husband, Prince Andrew.

“I’ve been a huge overtrusting, idiotic, stupid woman that went to look for the perfect situation, and that’s all I can say really,” the Duchess of York told Chicago-based talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

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