* Fitzgerald’s investigation of Ald. Carothers is heating up
Now, a 2007 federal subpoena — released in response to a Freedom of Information request — reveals a demand for documents including seven years worth of aldermanic expense records; 29th Ward zoning changes; ordinances introduced by Carothers, and correspondence between Carothers and the mayor’s office regarding zoning changes
The subpoena further demanded information on comments made and votes taken by Carothers since January 2001 before two City Council committees. Carothers could not be reached for comment.
Last year, the Sun-Times reported that Carothers’ New 29th Ward Campaign Committee had accepted, then returned $11,000 in campaign contributions from Morgan Properties, Inc., where FBI mole John Thomas is listed as “manager.” Thomas is a Chicago developer-turned-FBI mole who played a pivotal role in the federal investigation that culminated in the conviction of Tony Rezko, a leading fund-raiser for and adviser to ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
* Former Chicago alderman sentenced to 4 years in prison
Frustrated by Illinois’ long history of public corruption, a federal judge lectured former Ald. Arenda Troutman on Tuesday, telling the longtime politician that she could have been something special.
“Instead you join the Hall of Shame of politicians who sold their offices,” U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo said shortly before sentencing Troutman to 4 years in prison. “You become another in their number.”
With her guilty plea last fall to one count each of mail fraud and tax fraud, Troutman became the 27th Chicago alderman to be convicted of wrongdoing since 1972.
* Former Chicago alderman gets 4 years in prison
* Former Ald. Troutman Gets 4 Years For Bribery
* ComEd cuts back on capital spending
Commonwealth Edison Co. is cutting its capital spending budget for 2009 in response to lower demand for electricity.
ComEd is trimming $150 million from its previously set $1-billion capital budget for 2009. The new $850-million budget is down 11% from last year’s $950-million capital spending level.
Additionally, ComEd is trimming $50 million from its nearly $1-billion operating budget in 2009. The utility said it’s working to reassign employees affected by the operational cuts but isn’t expecting to lay off employees. Instead, the utility “will continue to look for organizational efficiencies through an analysis of staffing and managing costs through ordinary attrition.”
* ComEd cutting, postponing expansion projects
* Kane County paper trims size, availability
* Tribune Co. freezes non-union salaries
* OfficeMax posts $395M loss in Q4 on write-downs
* Deere fiscal 1Q profit falls 45 percent
* Swallowing your pride never easy
Acco Brands, an office supply wholesaler in Lincolnshire, is cutting workers’ pay by 47 percent between now and April, when it will rise to 80 percent of its current level.
* Is avoiding layoffs better business strategy?
* Opponents of O’Hare expansion unveil new campaign
* O’Hare opponents launch ad blitz in face of expected cash landing
* Cat, IDOT offer workshop for contractors
* Stimulus plan gets mixed reviews locally
* Local leaders get lowdown on possible boosts from stimulus
* Bean selling stimulus in the suburbs
* Schock has eye on biofuel production
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock may not have voted for the stimulus package signed into law Tuesday, but he hopes to stimulate the central Illinois farm economy.
* Congressman Foster breaks down stimulus package for 14th District
* Stimulus bill brings hope to the jobless
Job opportunities could be on the way for several thousand Fox Valley residents looking for new work, or any work at all, as a result of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed into law Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
* Weisner, Quinn to meet on funding
Hours after the passage of the huge federal stimulus package Tuesday, Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner was headed to Springfield to speak one-on-one with Gov. Pat Quinn about capital projects and the state of Aurora’s schools.
* Area leaders await OK for stimulus bill projects
* Infrastructure work high on priority lists for area small towns
* With eye on stimulus money, B-N and county have green-lit projects
* South Shore resident in Chicago is greening black communities
Naomi Davis was honored by state leader Pat Quinn and Chicago Magazine for her efforts
* Chicago Heights distributes excess TIF money
Chicago Heights aldermen on Tuesday night agreed to redistribute $1.5 million in excess funds from a special taxing district to local taxing bodies such as the city, park district and school districts.
* More MRSA infections found in Illinois hospitals
Drug-resistant staph infections are more common in Illinois hospital patients than previously thought, according to new data from the Illinois Hospital Association.
But medical centers may not be to blame: The overwhelming majority of hospital patients with methicillin-resistant Staphyloccocus aureus, or MRSA, were already infected before being admitted, the data suggests.
* Expected closing of 4 mental health centers in Chicago prompts fear, sadness in patients who consider them a lifeline
For as many as 2,000 patients who rely on Chicago’s community mental-health centers to provide stability in their turbulent lives, the reality that change is coming in the next few months is frightening.
Four of the city’s 12 centers are slated to close April 7, necessitated by a $1.2 million cut in state funding, city officials said. All the doomed centers are on the South Side.
* Group calls for delay in plans to close city schools
A group opposed to a Chicago Public Schools plan to close and reorganize schools released two studies Tuesday saying the efforts have not led to improvements and have focused on poor neighborhoods undergoing gentrification.
* Buehrle must be sure he’s ready to walk away
As Phil Rogers of the Tribune reported earlier this week, Buehrle is talking about retiring after the 2011 season, when he would be all of 32.
According to the story, Buehrle already misses his wife and 18-month-old son, even though spring training has just started.
“[I] don’t think you’re going to see me in a baseball uniform for too many more years,” Buehrle says. “I miss my family too much when I’m away. . . . I won’t be around until I’m 40. I can guarantee that.”