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Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees toward a state teacher pension once they served a single day of subbing in 2007, a Tribune/WGN-TV investigation has found. Steven Preckwinkle, the...
Tags: Politics, Science, Gary Hannig, Teachers Unions, Tom Cross
Romeo Santos says he's not a dancer, Giuliana Rancic's restaurant is hiring, Haley Reinhart shops at SofiaThere’s no denying Romeo Santos can sing bachata, but the lead singer of Aventura, the self-proclaimed “Kings of Bachata,” claims dancing it is another story. “I’m not a dancer,” Santos told me at the Park Hyatt...
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city. Some events...
"Meet my co-chair," William Shatner observed from the stage of Auditorium Theatre Friday night, whereupon a seat on wheels was flung in the general direction of the man who once flew the Starship Enterprise. Ah, such a night for cutting-edge comedy. "My...
All it took for former state Rep. Robert Molaro to nearly double his public pension was spending one month as an aide to Ald. Ed Burke, the powerful chairman of the Chicago City Council's Finance Committee. Among Molaro's duties: Write a 19-page white...
Tags: Pat Quinn, Edward M. Burke, Politics, Government, Finance
The jury forewoman in Rod Blagojevich's second trial denied today that she improperly took a juror questionnaire and showed it to a high school class. The questionnaire in question was just a blank form that she got from the court to explain the civic...
In closing arguments today, federal prosecutors drove home their assertion that Illinois powerbroker William Cellini, on trial on charges of fraud and attempted extortion, did not innocently pass a message to a Hollywood producer and old friend...
Tribune reporterJohn Glennon, an early figure in the Operation Board Games probe that ultimately led to the conviction of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced today to two years probation for his involvement in a kickback scheme. U.S. District Senior Judge John...
Tags: Corporate Crime, Bribery, Politics, Judges, Government
Tribune reporterTwo months into her husband's sentence, Patti Blagojevich has shared her thoughts on visiting the Colorado prison where former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is serving 14 years for corruption. In comments posted to her Facebook page Monday, she spoke...
Tags: Politics, Facebook, Government, Patricia Blagojevich, Englewood
The long-shot prospect of taxpayer help to renovate Wrigley Field grew more remote Thursday, upended by revelations that the patriarch of the Chicago Cubs' ownership team had been offered a plan for using a super PAC to run racially tinged attack ads that...
Oct 21, 2011 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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Dec 19, 2011 |Story| Chicago Tribune
Mar 15, 2012 |Story| WGN-TV
Oct 25, 2011 |Story| Los Angeles Times
Sep 29, 2011 |Story| WGN-TV
May 9, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
May 15, 2012 |Story| Chicago Tribune
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