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  • Ex-aide to Ald. Brookins gets 15 months in prison for bribery

     Ex-aide to Ald. Brookins gets 15 months in prison for bribery
    As a teenager growing up on Chicago's South Side, Curtis Thompson Jr. used to come downtown at night to help his father, a city janitor, literally clean up City Hall.
  • Emanuel loyalists prosper in new City Council power structure

    Emanuel loyalists prosper in new City Council power structure
    Despite the talk of a newly assertive Chicago City Council, aldermen on Wednesday are expected to overwhelmingly approve a new committee structure that rewards loyalists to Mayor Rahm Emanuel with coveted chairmanships. The plum assignments come with...

    Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'

    Mayor: Approval of Burge victims fund a step toward 'removing a stain'
    In a dramatic moment Wednesday, the Chicago City Council rose to acknowledge victims of torture at the hands of former police Cmdr. Jon Burge before approving a $5.5 million reparations package that Mayor Rahm Emanuel said shows Chicago is willing to deal...

    Burge reparations deal a product of long negotiations

    Burge reparations deal a product of long negotiations
    For one attorney, the pursuit of former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge and the torture of African-Americans spanned a good portion of his career, nearly three decades in which disbelief that detectives abused suspects gave way to acceptance and legal...

    Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race

    Ald. Smith back on top as vote counting continues in Lincoln Park race
    The tight race to represent Lincoln Park on the Chicago City Council got a little looser Thursday as election officials continued to count absentee ballots. Ald. Michele Smith had a 69-vote lead over challenger Caroline Vickrey in the 43rd Ward contest,...