* The ‘piggy bank’
“From the very limited information that we’ve had access to, it’s apparent that the owners of the hotel cooked the books to conceal profits and fleece taxpayers to avoid making good on a government loan that never should have been made,” said Giannoulias, who last week turned over a 36-page report about the matter to the FBI and Illinois attorney general.
* Treasurer targets GOP insider
* Cahnman, lawmakers blast pair of bills as “hostile to grass-roots democracy”
* Audit: Insiders cooked Lincoln Hotel’s books
* Rezko trial jury instructions
* A lesson from the Rezko trial: the power of money
* Rezko case is all about the Benjamins
* Governor in middle of case
* Rezko case puts big question mark on Illinois politics
* California gay marriage ruling will affect Illinois: State Sen. Bill Brady, a Bloomington Republican and likely gubernatorial aspirant for 2010, said Friday he will initiate next year another drive for a constitutional ban. The California ruling, Brady said, “gives more credence to the fact that we need to strengthen the constitution based on the wishes of voters and not leave it to a court.”
* Same-Sex Marriages Likely A Long Way Off In Ill.
* Gay marriage not likely in Illinois any time soon
* Unwise haste on gay marriage
* Editorial: Take a stand on same-sex unions
* Circle of life
Roughly 16 percent of babies born to African-American women weigh less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces, compared to 7 percent for whites, according to the most recent birth data released in 2005, Onwuta said.
* 2008 State of Fair Housing in the 6-County Region and Blueprint for Change
* Credit Crunch Crunches Illinois Housing Sales, Prices in 2008
ccording to the 2008 first quarter report from the Illinois Association of Realtors, total home sales (which include single-family homes and condominiums) totaled 21,576, down 27.0% from 29,553 in the first quarter of 2007.
* Food stamp recipients struggle through the month
* Heads we lose, tails we lose
* Daley: Whatever it takes
In the case of the museum, legal covenants that have kept Grant Park “forever open, clear and free” were ignored by the Daley-controlled Chicago Plan Commission.
* Taverns might be serving drinks at sidewalk cafes
* County clout for ex-cons
“This is more evidence that the ‘Friends and Family’ hiring plan is in full swing,” said Jay Stewart of the Better Government Association, adding, “It is clear that he isn’t going to reach beyond his inner circle” to fill top jobs.
* Daley’s Michigan neighbor says fire may be linked to cougar death
* Secrets from the crypt
* Why foie gras is controversial
The best weapon against animal abuse and cruelty is honest information, widely distributed. In that spirit, let us offer a brief, dispassionate description of how foie gras is produced. Emily Patterson-Kane, an animal welfare scientist at the American Veterinary Medical Association in Schaumburg, explains:
* New Scavenger Boat to Clean Chicago River
* State house passes Shib’s Law
Dubbed “Shib’s Law” after James “Shib” Miller, a Sesser firefighter who was killed in the line of duty when a bus hit him along Interstate 57 last July, the proposal would permit firefighters to close off lanes of traffic while responding to an emergency.
* Rep. Watson hopeful on Iraq
* Who’s Hiding The Hybrids?
* Timberline Knolls Supports Illinois House Bill 1432 to Provide Fair and Equal Coverage for Eating Disorders
* State Fair Grandstand Tickets On Sale
* Scholarships honor politician’s passion for civics
Receiving the 2008 Patrick S. Botterman Leadership Award were Chet Farley, 25, and Kelly Friskics, 25, founders of Northwest Suburbs for Obama. The two were recognized for recruiting volunteers, raising money, canvassing in several states, coordinating phone banks and registering voters.
* Lawmakers want to put brakes on Canadian National Railway
Congresswoman Melissa Bean, D-Barrington, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill, on Friday urged federal regulators to reject this week’s request by the CN to complete the environmental review by Nov. 3 and approve the acquisition by Dec. 1.
* Piracy in Crystal Lake
* Motorcycle promoter cancels swap meet over fears of violence
* Chicago students deliver gun control petitions
* Schools in Illinois are now required to use green cleaners
* ‘Three times is three times too many’ for kids left on buses
* Safe driving is big business
* Congress picks Illinois for military program
The governor’s office says Congress has picked Illinois as one of 20 states to join a program that helps military families in need.
* LED Lighting in State Buildings
* Birkett the prosecutor out of line
* Ozzie refuses to play race card