The former CEO of Arizona-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. has pleaded guilty to using bribery to help her company land lucrative red light camera contracts with the city of Chicago.

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says he's "testing the waters" with talk of increasing enrollment across the school's three campuses to 100,000.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago will not rehear the appeal of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption convictions.

Last defendant in cemetery desecration case pleads guilty

Jul 15, 2015
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The last of four defendants accused of digging up graves, dumping human remains and reselling plots at a suburban Chicago cemetery has pleaded guilty to the charges.

Maurice Dailey, who was a backhoe operator at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, pleaded guilty Tuesday to desecration, removal of buried remains and removal of headstone charges. The 64-year-old is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28.

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(AP) - Chicago's famous corn-cobbed Marina Towers have been granted preliminary landmark status but hurdles still remain for the Chicago River mainstay to receive permanent protection.

IL court hearing could influence shutdown

Jul 6, 2015

Two key court hearings are happening in Chicago Tuesday that could shape how the Illinois state government shutdown plays out.   

 CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a 7-year-old boy who was celebrating the Fourth of July with his family was among three people who were shot and killed over the weekend in Chicago. Police say the child, Amari Brown, was shot after someone opened fire just before midnight Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. He was pronounced dead early Sunday at Stroger Hospital.  Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Sunday at a news conference that the boy's father, a "ranking gang member," had been the intended target.

  CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago City Council has voted to borrow up to $1.1 billion to complete a debt restructuring plan and pay off short-term debt.  The aldermen's action Wednesday is part of an effort to stabilize the city's finances and improve the rating of its bonds, which have been downgraded. Moody's Investors Service's downgrading of Chicago's creditworthiness to junk status has given banks the right to call in the city's debt. Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown told the aldermen there was no alternative to borrowing now that the $30 billion pension crisis and an Illinois Supreme C

  First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to give the commencement address for a high school not far from the Obama family home in Chicago. The evening graduation ceremony for King College Prep takes place on the city's far South Side at Chicago State University.  The high school was in the spotlight two years ago when 15-year-old honor student Hadiya Pendleton was fatally shot on the way home from class.

A leading nonprofit group is bringing together researchers at three medical institutions - including two in Chicago - to focus on how gene functions affect premature birth.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he has appointed a former federal prosecutor to lead the city's police board.

  King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will visit a Chicago next week as part of their visit to the United States this week. The royal couple is scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday. On Wednesday they are to visit Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy. Two student ambassadors will guide them through a school tour. The royals also will visit the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University's Medical Research Center. Willem-Alexander and Maxima will visit the U.S.

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Former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock repaid the federal government more than $120,000 during his last months in office.  That’s according to an article from the Chicago Tribune.  The report says Schock repaid money he received for mileage reimbursements.  Schock resigned this spring following questions surrounding his office and campaign finances. 

Chicago would get a city-owned casino and new casinos would be added throughout the state under legislation expected to be introduced in the Illinois Senate.

The Cook County medical examiner's office says food critic Josh Ozersky drowned in a Chicago hotel shower while suffering a seizure.

A federal judge has sentenced a Chicago alderman's former chief of staff to 15 months in prison for accepting a $7,500 bribe concealed in a Christmas card. 

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information in the case of an arson fire that destroyed 13 horse-drawn carriages on Chicago's North Side.

Twelve people were killed and more than 40 more were wounded in shootings in Chicago during the Memorial Day long weekend.

Cook County property tax records show that an entity controlled by the owner of the Chicago Cubs has purchased three more rooftop buildings next to Wrigley Field. 

A group of eleven people rode their bicycles 190 miles for three days from Chicago to Springfield to protest a loss of state funding. 


Cook County's sheriff has named a clinical psychologist to run the jail in Chicago, saying he believes she's the first mental health professional to run a jail in the nation.

An attorney says the Archdiocese of Chicago has reached a $1.25 million settlement with a man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he wants to devote his second term to helping the city's youth.  In his inaugural address on Monday, Emanuel told the audience of public officials and residents that they need to join together to come up with solutions. 

A suburban Chicago man has been arrested after security screeners at Midway International Airport found a loaded 9mm handgun in his carry-on luggage.

Famed soprano Renee Fleming will spend another two years working with the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

A Chicago-area lawyer for the family of a black teenager shot in the back and killed by a white police officer says they are considering a civil lawsuit. 

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Spike Lee has defended his choice to make a movie about violence in Chicago titled "Chiraq."

A labor union wants the City of Chicago to abandon its legal defense of a plan to deal with its troubled pension systems.

Authorities have charged four people in connection with the theft of more than $876,000 from the Chicago Public Schools through a fraudulent billing scheme.

Chicago's credit rating downgraded

May 12, 2015
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Chicago’s top lawyer is defending the city’s pension plan - even as an investor service is downgrading the city’s bond rating. The City of Chicago owes billions in pension debt.