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  • End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters

    End discrimination in hiring Chicago firefighters
    Ten years ago this summer, Chicago debated preferential treatment for some firefighters. In the wake of a killer fire at an office building owned by Cook County, a commission headed by former federal Appellate Judge Abner Mikva not only criticized several Chicago Fire Department commanders, but implicitly questioned how they got their jobs. Mikva's panel essentially said the department had ill-prepared leaders battling a blaze in which six people needlessly died. Commission member and retired Judge Sheila Murphy said several of the fire officials "did not know what they were doing."
  • Chicago firefighters fight hiring preference for CPS grads

    Chicago firefighters fight hiring preference for CPS grads
    A group of Chicago firefighters has hired a lawyer in anticipation of a possible legal challenge to a city hiring policy that will give graduates of Chicago public high schools an advantage in an upcoming Fire Department exam. The firefighters say the...

    As CHA socks away millions, HUD calls on agency to expand vouchers

    As CHA socks away millions, HUD calls on agency to expand vouchers
    On the day a think-tank publicly released a report that says the Chicago Housing Authority has been socking away hundreds of millions of dollars instead of using it for housing for the poor, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has asked...

    Brookins' chief of staff pleads not guilty to bribery

    Brookins' chief of staff pleads not guilty to bribery
    A former top aide to Ald. Howard Brookins pleaded not guilty today to federal bribery and extortion charges. Curtis V. Thompson Jr. was charged in March with accepting a $7,500 cash bribe from a undercover operative posing as a real estate developer...

    Emanuel revises pension plan after blowback on tax hike

    Emanuel revises pension plan after blowback on tax hike
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel still wants to raise Chicago property taxes as part of a plan to shore up city pension systems, but he no longer is asking state lawmakers to do the dirty work. Faced with blistering criticism from Gov. Pat Quinn and significant...