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Are Rahm's numbers creeping up? New internals show him near 50 — Mayor Rahm Emanuel's internal polling shows him with 48 percent of the vote, brushing right up against what he needs to avoid a run-off in April. Emanuel's pollster, Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner had this to say about Chicago's "mood" in contrast with the rest of the country.:

Robbery across the street from the mayor's home: police — Posted: 12/20/2014, 12:40am | scharles A robbery was reported Friday night across the street from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home, police said. The robbery happened in the 4200 block of North Hermitage in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the North Side, according to police at the scene. Emanuel's home is in the same block.

Northwestern Memorial employee laptop stolen with information about 2,800 patients — Posted: 12/19/2014, 11:27pm | Art Golab Medical information, Social Security numbers and other private data of about 2,800 Northwestern Memorial Healthcare patients were on an employee's laptop stolen in October, the hospital said Friday. The hospital said it discovered on Oct. 21 that the unencrypted computer was inside an employee's car stolen on the same date.
Dec 20, 2014

Northwestern Memorial employee laptop stolen with information about 2,800 patients

Gov. Quinn appoints longtime aide as Illinois comptroller — Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a longtime aide, Jerry Stermer, as the new state comptroller to finish out the late Judy Baar Topinka's term which ends in less than a month. The announcement comes one day after the governor called back lawmakers for a special session on Jan.

Waukegan woman seeks trademark on ‘I Can’t Breathe’ to sell T-shirts — WAUKEGAN - A north suburban woman is trying to trademark "I CAN'T BREATHE" - the phrase that has become a nationwide refrain for protestors of police brutality against minorities - for commercial use on clothing. Catherine L. Crump, of the 200 block of North Green Bay in Waukegan, petitioned for rights to the phrase on ...
Dec 20, 2014

Welp RT @Suntimes: Waukegan woman seeks trademark on ‘I Can’t Breathe’ to sell T-shirts:

Watch: Obama only calls women reporters at year-end conference — President Obama held his annual year-end press conference to cover a wide range of topics Friday afternoon. In something of a break from tradition, though, he took questions only from women reporters - eight in all. Here's a supercut of all the questions: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: - Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, ...
Dec 19, 2014

Watch: Obama only calls on women reporters at year-end press conference:

Dem Rep. Bill Foster talking to big donors about U.S. Senate race — Exclusive: Foster, who represents the west suburban 11th Congressional District, is putting himself in play as Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. - who could have the nomination for the asking - also considers a run. The two centrist Democrats would share much of the same high-end Illinois Democratic donor base.

Lakeview pot dispensary on hold; Tunney opposes Halsted location — Lakeview residents opposing a medical marijuana dispensary on Halsted Street got a partial victory Friday after the would-be pot seller's request for a city permit was put off until next year. The deferral for a necessary special use permit granted by a city zoning board came the same day Ald.
Dec 19, 2014

Updated story about medical marijuana permits in Chicago. We're up to 11 dispensaries approved by city zoning board

What Dems and parents can learn from Chicago — BY ALANA BAUM I'm not a fan of politicians being tough to look tough. At best, it's ineffective, at worst, it's dangerous - think George W. Bush's "Bring 'em on." But tough as in tackling hard issues is different. Heading into the 2012 election, I attended a luncheon downtown featuring Bill Clinton.

Quinn hits a double on Topinka replacement: Editorial — That's two for two, Gov. Quinn. Illinois' outgoing governor made two smart calls regarding the state comptroller position made vacant by the sudden death last week of Judy Baar Topinka EDITORIAL On Friday, Quinn wisely chose to make a temporary comptroller appointment. Quinn's long-time aide will be comptroller for all of four weeks before Gov.-Elect ...

Kadner: Why did top Crestwood official push hard for strip club? — By Phil Kadner Crestwood's water infrastructure is in need of renovation and village officials hope voters approve a sales tax increase to help fund a $25 million project to replace 60-year-old leaking water mains.
Dec 19, 2014

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After Santa, the election comes to town: Editorial — Much of the campaigning for mayor and City Council is operating in the trenches at this point, away from public view. But the Feb. 24 election is a mere two months away. It could easily sneak up on a distracted voter. EDITORIAL The trench warfare has been intense.
Dec 19, 2014

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Child hospitalized with Ebola-like symptoms remains ‘stable’ — Posted: 12/19/2014, 07:30am | Reema Amin A child was admitted for observation to a hospital early Friday after displaying Ebola-like symptoms at O'Hare International Airport. The child was admitted for observation to rule out the virus, according to a statement from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dec 19, 2014

UPDATE: Child taken from O'Hare w ebola-like symptoms remains in stable condition Friday evening. via @CSTbreaking

Crest Hill brothers arrested on child pornography charges — Posted: 12/19/2014, 04:19pm | Ashlee Rezin (Joliet) Two southwest suburban brothers were arrested Friday and charged with possessing child pornography. Andrew Castro, 26; and Levi Castro, 29, were arrested Friday morning after officers executed a search warrant at their home in the 500 block of Theodore Street in Crest Hill, according to a statement from the Will County state's attorney's office.

Barack Obama calls James Franco 'James Flacco' in 'Interview' critique — Posted: 12/19/2014, 03:34pm | Hannah Pulliam President Barack Obama expressed his opinion on Sony Pictures Entertainment pulling the theatrical release of The Interview. Obama believes Sony made a "mistake" and said, " I wish Sony had spoken to me first."
Dec 19, 2014

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Sen. Kirk wants to show 'The Interview' at fundraisers — Sen. Mark Kirk jumped into the fray over Sony's decision to pull 'The Interview' from theaters today, saying he'd like to screen the movie at fundraisers for his re-election campaign.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Suntimes: Senator Kirk wants to show 'The Interview' at fundraisers. Also, he's a fan of 'Team America'

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Walldo: Senator Kirk wants to show 'The Interview' at fundraisers, loves 'Team America' #PuppetPorn

Sony’s choice on ‘The Interview’ is one lost battle in a long war — Where does one begin? On the plus side, it isn't America groveling at the feet of a tin-pot North Korean dictator, afraid that somebody is going to . . . do what? Scramble the Fandango website? Set off a stink bomb at a multiplex? OPINION Does anybody really fear that North Korean agents are going ...

Watch: President Obama's year-end press conference