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Feb 24, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday’s municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city.

Emanuel, 55, a former adviser to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning.

Feb 22, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel spends heavily to avoid run-off

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping his warm hug with President Barack Obama in the last days of his re-election campaign will help him avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially troubled, third largest city in the country.

Chicagoans cast votes for mayor and for aldermen on Tuesday and polls show Emanuel in danger of closely missing the 50 percent needed for an outright win, even though his massive campaign chest has allowed him to saturate the airwaves.

Feb 21, 2015

Seeing red: Traffic cameras hot topic in Chicago mayoral race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It is one of the most dreaded pieces of mail in Chicago – the $100 ticket that comes after being caught by one of the city’s red light or speed cameras.

Chicago is hardly the only U.S. city to install such cameras. But the cost of the tickets, and whether the scandal-plagued program makes the city’s streets safer, has become a hot topic for Chicago’s Feb. 24 mayoral election.

Feb 19, 2015

Record-breaking cold in U.S. Midwest heads to frigid East Coast

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bone-chilling cold in the U.S. Midwest shattered records in Chicago on Thursday, closing schools and starting its trudge eastward to an already frozen Boston and New York.

Arctic air was expected to keep its grip on the nation’s midsection on Friday morning, a day after the minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius) measured in Chicago broke the low temperature record of minus 7 degrees for the day set in 1936, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec.

Feb 14, 2015

Chicago starts removing ‘dibs’ markers for parking as tempers flare

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago officials on Friday started collecting the lawn chairs, card tables and other items placed on city streets by residents who sought to reserve their parking spaces – a controversial winter custom known as “dibs.”

Some residents of the third-largest U.S. city welcome the cleanup, particularly after reports of vandalism on cars linked to dibs disputes.

Feb 13, 2015

Illinois comptroller refuses to implement anti-union order

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois’ comptroller will not implement
an anti-union executive order issued by the state’s new
Republican governor earlier this week, the state’s attorney
general’s office said on Friday.

Leslie Munger, a fellow Republican who was appointed by
Governor Bruce Rauner, is following current law in not enforcing
Rauner’s order to eliminate “fair share” fees for about 6,500
state employees, said a spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney
General Lisa Madigan.

Feb 11, 2015

The Chicago mob and the Stradivarius – priest admits to bizarre plot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – In a case that reads like a movie script, a Catholic priest on Wednesday pleaded guilty to trying to help a convicted mob hitman recover a purported Stradivarius violin hidden in the wall of a house.

Eugene Klein, who had been a federal prison chaplain, admitted to conspiring in 2011 to defraud the United States by passing messages from mobster Frank Calabrese to an unnamed associate on how to get the violin out of Calabrese’s Wisconsin home.

Feb 9, 2015

Illinois governor makes union dues voluntary for some state workers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – In a strike against public employee unions, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Monday signed an order eliminating union dues for some state employees who don’t want to pay to support union activities.

Rauner, a Republican and political neophyte who came into office in January, has been vocal about his problems with public labor unions and their political power. The order, which would eliminate so-called “fair share dues,” affects 6,500 state workers who have opted out of unions but still have to pay dues.

Feb 5, 2015

Five babies at suburban Chicago daycare center have measles

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Five babies at a suburban Chicago daycare center have been diagnosed with measles, adding to a growing outbreak of the disease across the United States, Illinois health officials said on Thursday.

Officials are investigating the cluster of measles cases at KinderCare Learning Center in suburban Palatine, said a joint statement from the Illinois and Cook County health departments. All the children are under 1 year old and therefore would not have been subject to routine measles vaccination, which begins at 12 months.

Feb 3, 2015

After long wait, Illinois to issue medical marijuana licenses

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois will begin issuing licenses to grow and distribute medical marijuana 18 months after a law was signed legalizing it, Governor Bruce Rauner’s general counsel said in a statement on Monday.

Former Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, who supported medical marijuana, left office in January without issuing licenses for growth and distribution, leaving it to Rauner, a Republican, who asked for a review of the selection process.