Rahm Emanuel http://wuis.org en Chicago Chosen As Home Of George Lucas Museum http://wuis.org/post/chicago-chosen-home-george-lucas-museum <p>``Star Wars'' creator George Lucas has selected Chicago to build his museum of art and movie memorabilia. &nbsp;</p><p>Bill McCaffrey, a spokesman for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, confirmed the decision. McCaffrey did not have any immediate details about the much-anticipated decision by the filmmaker. But the choice is a major victory for Emanuel and the nation's third-largest city, which was competing with San Francisco for the museum. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 23:00:19 +0000 Associated Press 27956 at http://wuis.org Chicago Chosen As Home Of George Lucas Museum Judge Lifts Federal Oversight On Chicago Hiring http://wuis.org/post/judge-lifts-federal-oversight-chicago-hiring <p></p><p>A U.S. district judge has agreed to lift federal oversight of whether Chicago hiring practices are corrupted by political favoritism. &nbsp;</p><p>Monday's historic ruling means the court accepts that the nation's third-largest city now has mechanisms in place to stamp out illegal patronage. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 18:40:42 +0000 Associated Press 27357 at http://wuis.org Judge Lifts Federal Oversight On Chicago Hiring Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion http://wuis.org/post/bob-rita-makes-another-push-gambling-expansion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>While Illinois lawmakers continue to debate whether to extend the income tax increase. But that's not the only source of money being considered. Backers of expanding gambling also project the state would get a windfall.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Rep. Bob Rita (D-Blue Island) is once again taking a stab at gambling expansion.</span></p> Mon, 12 May 2014 22:42:44 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 24976 at http://wuis.org Bob Rita Makes Another Push For Gambling Expansion Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing http://wuis.org/post/rauner-introduces-democratic-indpendent-backing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Republicans' nominee for governor, Bruce Rauner, announced a round of new endorsements Thursday, but not from members of his own party.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rauner is suspect in the eyes of some Republicans for his ties and campaign contributions to leading Democrats, like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</span></p><p>That may have been why his wife, Diana, wasn't often seen with him on the campaign trail leading up to the primary.</p><p>"This morning I'm here as a lifelong Democrat ..."</p> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 00:56:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 21661 at http://wuis.org Rauner Introduces Democratic, Indpendent Backing Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill http://wuis.org/post/black-lawmakers-block-chicago-gun-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city of Chicago had a setback in Springfield Thursday.</span></p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing to increase prison sentences for people convicted of gun crimes. But on the last day of the Illinois legislature's fall veto session, a group of African-American legislators used a parliamentary maneuver to block him.</p><p>Such tactics are not uncommon in politics — but this was a rare example of Illinois Democrats pulling a fast one on members of their own party.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Brian Mackey 12594 at http://wuis.org Black Lawmakers Block Chicago Gun Bill Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back http://wuis.org/post/legislators-leave-capital-they-may-be-back <p>Illinois legislators wrapped up their two-week veto session this afternoon (Nov. 7), though they may be back in Springfield before the year's end.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The General Assembly knocked one, big item off its to-do list: same-sex marriage. After intense lobbying on both sides, lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a measure that will allow gays and lesbians to marry.</span></p><p>The rest of the major issues on the General Assembly's agenda remain:</p><p>-a tax package crafted to ensure Archer Daniels Midland keeps its headquarters in Illinois is on hold</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:26:46 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12572 at http://wuis.org Legislators Leave Capital, But They May Be Back Father-In-Law Reflects On Blagojevich http://wuis.org/post/father-law-reflects-blagojevich <p>Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell says his falling out with son-in-law Rod Blagojevich and the former Illinois governor's imprisonment for corruption continue to weigh heavily on him. &nbsp;<br>Mell spoke with reporters Friday about his nearly 40 years as a City Council member. &nbsp;<br>The 75-year-old says the events surrounding his son-in-law and his wife's death were two painful episodes in his life. He says they ``put a damper'' on what he otherwise regards as a lucky and fulfilling life. &nbsp;<br>Mell says it was difficult to say what he really feels about Blagojevich, but he hopes Blagojevich gets an appeal and that his 14-year sentence could be reduced. &nbsp;<br>Mell aided Blagojevich's rise to governor, but says he now wished he had ``done things differently.'' Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:12:32 +0000 Sean Crawford 5294 at http://wuis.org Father-In-Law Reflects On Blagojevich