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Contract approved to build arena/hotel near McCormick Place

politics.suntimes.com — A contract to design and build an event center and hotel in the South Loop was awarded on Tuesday to a partnership called Prairie District 3. James Reilly, CEO of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, also known as McPier, had recommended the Prairie District 3 group to the Authority's board.
Nov 25, 2014

MT @CSTearlyoften: Contract has been OK'd for a $564 million arena/hotel near McCormick Place sun-tim.es/1rbPFlI pic.twitter.com/oK8Rgln4sx

Nov 25, 2014

#UPDATE!! - Contract approved to build #DePaul #Arena and Marriott hotel near McCormick Place - politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag… Via @cstearlyoften

Nov 25, 2014

New DePaul arena will "only" go $24mil over original estimate after design change to put bball court to ground level: politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 25, 2014

Contract awarded for hotel-and-DePaul-arena project at McCormick Place: politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 25, 2014

Contract approved to build arena/hotel near McCormick Place politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag… Via @cstearlyoften

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Judge orders city to leave proposed Lucas Museum site unaltered

politics.suntimes.com — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city not to physicallly alter the proposed site of the George Lucas Museum until further order of the court during the opening legal battle between the city and opponents of the museum.
Nov 25, 2014

The Force is strong with Scott RT @sfornek: Judge generates force field around Lucas Museum site. @SeidelContent bit.ly/1AP8z4I

Nov 25, 2014

RT @Suntimes: A judge has ordered Chicago to leave the proposed Lucas Museum site unaltered. sun-tim.es/11SzzC7 pic.twitter.com/ApCUbSgZpD

Nov 25, 2014

Judge fears repeat of Daley move on Meigs Field, orders Chicago to leave Lucas Museum site unaltered politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 25, 2014

Pray they don’t alter it any further RT @Suntimes: judge orders Chicago to leave proposed Lucas Museum site unaltered sun-tim.es/11SzzC7

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Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets

suntimes.com — Tom Leach never did write that book. Leach, one of the city's most liked and respected public relations men during his long tenure at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, died Sunday from lung cancer. He was 76.
Nov 25, 2014

A throwback to when government PIOs saw their responsibility as providing accurate information, via @MarkBrownCST bit.ly/1zV3DIc

Nov 25, 2014

RT @RayLong: Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets suntimes.com/news/brown/312… by st's Mark Brown

Nov 25, 2014

Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets suntimes.com/news/brown/312… by st's Mark Brown

Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON - It's a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva. "As a University of Chicago student, Abner Mikva stopped by the local Democratic headquarters and asked to volunteer," Obama said. "I love this story.
Nov 25, 2014

Obama awards presidential medal to the nobody nobody sent. Ab Mikva now quite the somebody. @MikvaChallenge bit.ly/1FnhslE

Nov 25, 2014

Former federal judge & former Democratic congressman Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom: ow.ly/2R9pK9

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations.

Cupich eyeing women for top leadership positions

politics.suntimes.com — Pew news . . . Nave notes: Advised by a cadre of concerned priests and laity to clean out the old wood at the chancery, Sneed hears the Chicago's new archbishop is eyeing the installation of women in top leadership positions.

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayoral race

politics.suntimes.com — With the filing deadline closed, the list of Chicago mayoral hopefuls ballooned Monday, the final day of filing nominating petitions for next year's city elections. In all, 10 people filed to run for mayor, including incumbent Rahm Emanuel. Seven of them filed on Monday, including Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who turned in more than 63,000 signatures.
Nov 25, 2014

So, Chuy collected 63,000 signatures. What's the highest number ever collected for a mayoral petition? Anybody know? politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Obama schedule, guidance Nov. 25, 2014 Chicago immigration speech

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday makes a daytrip to Chicago to bolster public support for him immigration executive actions. After landing at O'Hare, Obama will host a roundtable discussion with community leaders and then deliver a speech at the Copernicus Community Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, run by a foundation deeply involved in Polish and Polish-American issues.
Nov 25, 2014

RT @Suntimes: Obama is headed to Chicago this afternoon to bolster support for his actions on immigration. sun-tim.es/1xXnh8y pic.twitter.com/CjOHPfrJAK

Obama Ferguson statement: Transcript

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON--Here is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks on the situation in Ferguson, Mo. delivered Monday night, in the wake of a grand jury deciding not to indict a white police officer accused of killing a black youth. Below, from the the White House..
Nov 25, 2014

RT @lynnsweet: #Ferguson Here is a transcript of Obama's remarks about Ferguson on Monday evening... bit.ly/1znMUfR

Nov 24, 2014

#Ferguson Here is a transcript of Obama's remarks about Ferguson on Monday evening... bit.ly/1znMUfR

Obama on Ferguson: "There is never an excuse for violence"

politics.suntimes.com — Updated with Holder statement...WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama urged peaceful protests on Monday night, following a decision by a Ferguson, Mo. grand jury not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown. Obama invoked Brown's father plea that his son's death leads to "positive change" and not more violence.
Nov 24, 2014

#Ferguson Holder: DOJ probing allegations of unconstitutional policing patterns or practices by Ferguson Police bit.ly/1HDQY1r

Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner's request on immigration

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON - In the months leading to President Barack Obama's decision to bypass Congress and issue immigration executive orders last week, at one point Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a "very public push" on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told me.
Nov 24, 2014

Valerie Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner request to hold off on making v. public push for immigration during primaries politics.suntimes.com/article/washin…

Nov 24, 2014

RT @lynnsweet: A backstory: Obama honored Boehner request to delay #immigration public push until after primaries: Valerie Jarrett. bit.ly/1y8aiPR

Nov 24, 2014

A backstory: Obama honored Boehner request to delay #immigration public push until after primaries: Valerie Jarrett. bit.ly/1y8aiPR

Obama making Ferguson statement

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama will make a statement in the wake of the late Monday Ferguson, Mo. grand jury decision at 9 p.m. Chicago time. Obama will speak from the Brady Briefing room. Sen. Claire McCaskill D-Mo.

Joffrey's Fabrice Calmels follows 'almost demonic' workout regimen

thrive.suntimes.com — Fabrice Calmels, the Joffrey Ballet dancer who stands 6-feet-6.3 inches, was recently entered into the Guinness Book of Records as "the tallest dancer in the world." So you might think that between daily classes, rehearsals and performances - and the sheer monumentality of his frame - he would have few worries about staying fit.

Hazel I. Lowe, owner of South Side boutique known for elegant apparel, dies at 97

suntimes.com — For 43 years, Hazel Lowe's Boutique was a one-stop destination for women who knew Ms. Lowe would deck them out from shoes to chapeau. She dressed the Rev. Johnnie Coleman, founder of Christ Universal Temple; singer Natalie Cole; business leaders; and wives of pastors and bishops.

Kadner: Restoring neighborhoods and maybe lives as well

southtownstar.chicagotribune.com — By Phil Kadner pkadner@southtownstar.com Members of the Cook County Sheriff's Department's Restoring Neighborhoods Workforce Program help tear down an abandoned 23-unit townhouse project in Dixmoor. | Phil Kadner Updated: As wind-chill temperatures hit the single digits last week, I watched a work crew begin demolishing an abandoned townhouse complex in Dixmoor.

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayor race

politics.suntimes.com — With the filing deadline closed, the list of Chicago mayoral hopefuls ballooned on the final day of filing nominating petitions. Ten people filed petitions in all, including incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Seven of them filed on Monday, including Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who turned in more than 63,000 nominating petitions.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepping down: sources

politics.suntimes.com — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down, according to the New York Times. The moves comes under pressure, according to the report. It describes it as "the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Barack Obama's Democratic majority in the Senate."

Thodos Dance Chicago in “White City” and rare Sybil Shearer revivals

entertainment.suntimes.com — Thodos Dance Chicago will kick off the Auditorium Theatre's 125 th anniversary "Made in Chicago" dance series on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:30 p.m. with a program of works that in one way or another are deeply rooted in this city's history.

Goodman’s evergreen “Christmas Carol” heightens rage and humor

entertainment.suntimes.com — "A CHRISTMAS CAROL" HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ± Through Dec. 28 ± Goodman Theatre, 170 N. Dearborn ± Tickets: $31-4101 ± Info: (312) 443-3800 ± Run time: 2 hours and 20 minutes with one intermission The rapid-fire shifts from ferocity to hilarity that characterize this season's Goodman Theatre production of "A Christmas Carol" are evident from the start.