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  • Rep. Burke's scholarship records subpoenaed by feds

    Rep. Burke's scholarship records subpoenaed by feds
    Federal grand jurors have sought records of legislative scholarships handed out by Democratic state Rep. Dan Burke of Chicago, a sign that authorities kept up a probe of the tuition waiver program even as legislators were moving to end it this spring. On...
  • Weeks in review

     
    A roundup of state and local news-review and weekly political chat shows. Descriptions provided by the broadcast outlets in most cases: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review (WTTW-Ch. 11)-- Host Joel Weisman with David Greising, Chicago News Cooperative;...
  • Naming names latest tactic in scholarship fight

     
    Monday, the Better Government Association posted online a “nice” list — a roster of members of the Illinois General Assembly who have voluntarily opted out of the controversial legislative scholarship program. That century-old perk...
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
  • Mayor Emanuel: Don't be That Guy

     
    During a meeting at the Tribune with reporters and members of our editorial board today, Ald. John Arena (45th) observed that the city's parking-meter deal has become a cautionary tale for municipalities around the country looking to privatize different...
  • Voters: It’s time to say ‘when’ to the insiders

     
    For those in Cook County who care about the state of our politics — and I’ll offer evidence in a moment to demonstrate how depressingly small your number is — here’s a helpful slogan to remember as you prepare to......
  • Up for Chris Hayes

     
    Former Chicago journalist Chris Hayes is continuing his meteoric rise in the TV pundit world. Today he was named the host of MSNBC's nightly 7-8 p.m. (central time) shift being vacated by Ed Schultz. Hayes, 34, is now the host......
  • Elevator inspections on slow track in Chicago

    Elevator inspections on slow track in Chicago
    May 7, 2009 There's a common saying around the downtown offices of Aileron Communications: Don't get on an elevator unless you've used the bathroom and have a cell phone. "All of my employees have been stuck in the elevator before in this building, once...
  • Whose relatives got clouted into U. of I.?

    Whose relatives got clouted into U. of I.?
    A relative of Chicago Ald. Frank Olivo's didn't have the required grades for a specialized accounting program at the University of Illinois but got accepted anyway after Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's office intervened. Another applicant -- the...
  • Will U. of I. probe have clout?

    Gov. Pat Quinn launched an investigation into University of Illinois admissions practices Wednesday amid concerns that the inquiry would be led by a toothless state-run task force. The governor charged the commission with examining how lawmakers and...
  • Cicero's boards are a family business

    Two years ago, Richard Dominick recalls, he received a tempting offer from his brother, Cicero Town President Larry Dominick. "We were just talking and he said, 'How would you like to sit on a town board, get full health insurance and make a thousand...