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Kwame Raoul awaits appeal after Illinois pension reform bill ruled unconstitutional

The Sangamon County Circuit Court ruled Friday that last year’s pension reform bill is unconstitutional. The ruling comes shy of a year since Gov. Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 1 into law, controversial legislation that raised state employee retirement ages, cut employee contributions and tied pension benefit increases to inflation with the aim of saving(…)

U. of C. police send out alert

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The University of Chicago Police Department alerted residents yesterday after a student was the victim of a burglary near campus. At 2:45 p.m. Monday a student was walking southbound on Ellis Avenue between 61st and 62nd streets when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s computer, computer bag and iPhone(…)

U. of C. to discuss Obama Library with Jackson Park council

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer The Jackson Park Advisory Council and the University of Chicago have scheduled a meeting to talk about the Obama Presidential Library. The meeting is scheduled for January, though the agenda is being kept under wraps. “As part of the collaborative effort to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the South(…)

House Ethics Committee to continue investigating Congressman Bobby Rush

The House Ethics Committee said Monday it will continue investigating alleged ethics violations by U.S. Rep Bobby Rush (D-1). Also Monday the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) released a July report concluding that Rush, who represents most of Hyde Park, has never paid for rent on his campaign office since he joined Congress. The 20(…)

Lakefront assault suspect caught

By LINDSAY WELBERS Staff Writer A 17-year-old who is suspected of assaulting two women on Hyde Park’s lakefront in the last week has been arrested. Chicago Police News Affairs said an unnamed 17-year-old male has been charged with two felony counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one misdemeanor count of Obstructing Identification. The most(…)

Race for 26th Illinois House District in the home stretch

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer With less than two hours left until polls close, state Rep. Christian Mitchell (D-26) expressed confidence about his chances of being re-elected and said he was mostly concerned about the Illinois gubernatorial race. The race leading up to today has been a quieter and less contentious one than last March’s Democratic(…)

Police: Sexual assault on Lake Shore Drive running path

Police are reporting a criminal sexual assault took place on the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive on Friday, Oct. 31. At approximately 11:10 a.m., a female victim in her late 50s was jogging when she was approached from behind and pulled to the ground in a secluded area. She was physically restrained and(…)

Hairston Facebook post triggers investigation

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL Staff Writer At her last monthly meeting of 2014 last Tuesday, Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) addressed questions surrounding a Facebook post inviting voters to enter a raffle with their voter receipts that prompted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Election Fraud Unit to open an investigation. The post was meant to encourage voting(…)