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3 Illinois Prison Guards Indicted For Assault That Resulted In Prisoner’s Death

Guards are accused of beating Western Illinois Correctional Center prisoner Larry Earvin, who later died, and then trying to cover it up.
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City Club President Resigns Amid Federal Corruption Probe

Jay Doherty's resignation Friday comes after WBEZ reported his connection to a ComEd lobbyist with ties to House Speaker Michael Madigan.
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In Firing Top Cop, City Loses Leverage To Force Him To Answer Questions

Chicago inspector general’s office says it can still compel Eddie Johnson to be interviewed. The ex-superintendent’s lawyer is not so sure.
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SocialWorks Co-Founder Justin Cunningham On Chicago's Activist Spirit

"We’re filling in the cracks all around the city and doing it with our friends," Cunningham told Vocalo.
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Chicago Aldermen To Vote On $3.65 Million In Legal Settlements

The City Council’s Finance Committee considers five legal settlements Monday.
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Group Charges Orland Park Landlord With Housing Discrimination

A federal court complaint alleges that an Orland Park landlord treated black prospective tenants differently than white applicants.
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Will The Entire City Smell Like Pot? Your Legal Weed Questions Answered

Experts say it's not a stupid question — even if asking it makes our questioner feel like "kind of a square."
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How A Madigan Operative Padded His Pension – With ComEd Work

Raymond Nice took direction from Jay Doherty, the power company lobbyist whose office was raided by the feds in May.
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Illinois Hosts Summit To Ensure Children Get Counted In The Census

Officials said undercounting children in the census could result in the loss of crucial resources that could help them, such as food stamps.
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Eddie Johnson Transferred Reported Love-Interest As Scandal Snowballed

A CPD spokesman confirmed the woman lost her plum job a couple weeks after she spent an evening drinking with city's top cop.
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Drivers Have Until Dec. 15 To Get City Sticker Tickets Dropped

Only a fraction of drivers have applied so far, and city officials are urging residents not to wait.
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Nerdette Recaps His Dark Materials With Peter Sagal

Where Have All The Daemons Gone?: Nerdette Recaps His Dark Materials

Nerdette podcast and NPR's Peter Sagal met up to rehash the latest episode of HBO's 'His Dark Materials.'
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Keeping the Season Bright: The Business of Christmas Tree Lots

"It’s fast, it’s furious and it’s over in about three and a half weeks."

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