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  • Undercover operative in probe of alderman's chief of staff testifies in court in another case

    Undercover operative in probe of alderman's chief of staff testifies in court in another case
    The undercover informant who secretly recorded meetings with Ald. Howard Brookins as part of an FBI sting testified Monday that he also wore a wire for authorities after his 2008 arrest in a federal mortgage-fraud investigation. Mhde Askar, who...
  • Recordings detail liquor license involving alderman's aide

    Recordings detail liquor license involving alderman's aide
    Two undisclosed figures in the bribery charge filed last week against the chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins were caught on undercover FBI recordings talking about the ease with which they expected to win Brookins' approval for a liquor license in...
  • 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...
  • Judge gives government mole probation: 'I think you've been punished enough'

    Judge gives government mole probation: 'I think you've been punished enough'
    Mhde Askar was barely out of high school but had hundreds of thousands of dollars stashed in his bedroom when he was arrested in 2008 in a massive mortgage fraud scheme. Over the next six years, Askar, only in his 20s, worked undercover for the feds...
  • No vote on stiffer penalties for littering in city

    No vote on stiffer penalties for littering in city
    Aldermen talked Monday about the need to clean up the litter on Chicago streets but stopped short of voting on a proposal that would allow police to impound a vehicle and levy a $1,500 fine if an adult passenger in the car throws trash out the window....
  • More 911 calls won't get in-person response

    More 911 calls won't get in-person response
    The Chicago Police Department hopes to free up the equivalent of 44 officers a day by no longer dispatching cops for certain crimes, like burglaries and car thefts in which the offender is no longer at the scene and no one is in immediate danger....
  • Emanuel says he backs McCarthy in face of aldermanic criticism

    Emanuel says he backs McCarthy in face of aldermanic criticism
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy his “100 percent support” Monday despite complaints from some aldermen fed up with the department’s inability to bring down violence in their neighborhoods. The mayor...
  • Chicago alderman says he asked gang members not to harbor fugitives

    Chicago alderman says he asked gang members not to harbor fugitives
    In the wake of the murder of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins, the ward’s alderman announced Tuesday that he has contacted gang members to ask them not to harbor the killers of innocent victims. Ald. Willie Cochran, 20th, a retired Chicago police...
  • Aldermen say Emanuel needs to do more on food deserts

    Aldermen say Emanuel needs to do more on food deserts
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration should take more action to combat Chicago's food deserts and focus less on issuing news releases touting progress on the issue, aldermen said Wednesday. That advice came in response to a Tribune story that showed...
  • Mayor: 'Sorry' for Burge torture era

    Mayor: 'Sorry' for Burge torture era
    Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday apologized for an era in the Chicago Police Department during which many African-American men were tortured into false confessions for murders and rapes on the South Side under the direction of disgraced ex-Cmdr. Jon Burge....
  • Beavers county board successor could be picked Thursday

    Beavers county board successor could be picked Thursday
    Cook County Democratic leaders are scheduled to meet Thursday to pick a replacement for Commissioner William Beavers, who was convicted last month of federal tax evasion. Ald. Howard Brookins will lead the meeting at which Democratic committeemen will...