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Chicago Sends Smollett a Bill for Police Investigation Costs

To the tune of $130K

(Newser) - Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants actor Jussie Smollett to pay one way or another for allegedly falsely claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. Emanuel wanted Smollett, who was indicted on 16 counts, to face trial, but prosecutors dropped the charges. So Chicago police added up the costs of... More »

The Next Chicago Mayor Will Be a Black Woman

Lori Lightfoot, Toni Preckwinkle to face off April 2 in a history-making runoff election

(Newser) - Two women will face each other in a runoff to become Chicago's first African-American female mayor, reports the AP . Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot, a political outsider as well as the first openly gay woman to run for Chicago mayor, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were the... More »

Chicago Mayor: This Town Really Needs to Change

Rahm Emanuel puts forth a proposal

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing far-reaching ethics reforms for the City Council in the wake of a federal attempted-extortion charge filed this month against a powerful alderman, the AP reports. A Sunday statement from the mayor's office doesn't mention Ed Burke directly. But several suggested changes directly... More »

Rahm Emanuel Makes Surprise Decision About 3rd Term

Time to 'write another chapter together' with his wife, he says

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel will not seek re-election to a third term as mayor of Chicago in 2019, he announced Tuesday. "This has been the job of a lifetime, but it is not the job for a lifetime," said Emanuel, who just returned to the city after dropping his youngest... More »

Leader Arrested as Protesters Attempt Highway Shutdown

The Rev. Gregory Livingston calmly told Illinois State Troopers: 'Arrest me'

(Newser) - Police arrested the organizer of an anti-violence protest that sought to shut down part of an expressway near Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Labor Day. Per the AP , the Rev. Gregory Livingston spoke calmly to an Illinois State Police trooper as other protesters and dozens of other... More »

Sessions Slams 'Lawless' Chicago Over Lawsuit

'Comply with the law or forgo taxpayer dollars'

(Newser) - The war of words between Chicago and the federal government over "sanctuary cities" policy is heating up. Attorney General Jeff Sessions slammed the city's leaders Monday over their lawsuit against the Trump administration , saying they "have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law... More »

Chicago Sues Over Trump's 'Unlawful Misguided Action'

Lawsuit fights back against sanctuary city crackdown

(Newser) - Chicago is fighting back against the Trump's administration's crackdown on "sanctuary cities." Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday that Chicago is suing the Justice Department over efforts to place new conditions on federal law enforcement grant money as a means to force local authorities to cooperate with... More »

No Plan After High School, No Diploma, Says Chicago Mayor

Proposal would require students to show their next move

(Newser) - Don't have a plan after high school? Don't expect a diploma, says Rahm Emanuel. Under a new proposal from the Chicago mayor, high school students of Chicago Public Schools will need to prove they have a plan for their immediate future before they can graduate, reports the Chicago ... More »

DOJ: Chicago PD Rife With Racial Bias, Excessive Force

Discrimination, use of excessive force, poor training among long-awaited report's findings

(Newser) - What USA Today describes as a "scathing report" about Chicago police was released Friday by the Justice Department, with findings of rampant racial bias (including a finding of "reasonable cause" that excessive force was used against minorities), shoddy training, and the mishandling of cops accused of misconduct, per... More »

Rahm Emanuel Used a Private Email Setup, Too

Chicago mayor insists he didn't use a custom server though

(Newser) - Information pieced together from recent WikiLeaks releases and the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton reveals that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has also used a private email configuration. The Chicago Tribune reports that the domain, rahmemail.com, was registered on May 16, 2011—the same day Emanuel was sworn in as... More »

Rahm Emanuel: I'm Not Resigning

Chicago mayor fends off question in wake of police video

(Newser) - If Rahm Emanuel thought firing his police chief would relieve the pressure on him in Chicago over a police shooting, he learned otherwise Wednesday at a testy breakfast in which he was hit with questions about whether he would resign, reports Politico . "No," was the answer to journalists.... More »

Mayor Emanuel: Chicago Police Chief Is Out

Superintendent Garry McCarthy is fired in wake of Laquan McDonald video

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday the firing of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, the AP reports, just a week after the release of dashcam video that showed the 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke. "This morning, I formally asked for [McCarthy'... More »

'Enough Is Enough': Chicago Mayor After 14 Shot in 15 Hours

Rahm Emanuel notes 'anguish' of city, calls for stricter penalties for gun crimes

(Newser) - Fourteen people were shot over a 15-hour period in Chicago starting Monday evening, with six of those people succumbing to their injuries, the Chicago Tribune reports. Of the eight wounded, one was an 11-month-old and one was a 2-year-old; among those killed were a pregnant mother, a grandmother, and the... More »

Now Rahm Emanuel Sued Over Private Email Use

'Chicago Tribune' says he violated open records laws

(Newser) - The Chicago Tribune is suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel over claims he violated open records laws by failing to disclose personal emails and texts used to conduct city business. Today's lawsuit seeks to force the former White House aide to produce documents. The lawsuit argues the newspaper's Freedom of... More »

Streaming Customers Sue Over 'Netflix Tax'

Chicagoans claims tax violates federal law

(Newser) - Angry streaming customers in Chicago are fighting back against the so-called "Netflix tax," filing a lawsuit against the city last Wednesday that could have national implications, the Daily Dot reports. The plaintiffs—including Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify customers—allege the 9% tax on streaming services (an extension of... More »

Obama Settles on Library City

It's Chicago, but there may be prizes for NYC, Honolulu as well

(Newser) - Tough luck, Honolulu and New York: Chicago, the city where President Obama started his political career, has been chosen as the site of his presidential library and museum, sources tell the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune . Hawaii, where Obama grew up, and his alma mater Columbia University in... More »

Rahm Emanuel Dings Spike Lee Over Chiraq

Mayor told director he's not a fan of movie's working title

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel is not a fan of "Chiraq" as a nickname for Chicago —and he's really not a fan of the idea of Chiraq as the title of a film about black-on-black violence in the city. He told Spike Lee—the director behind Chiraq—as much yesterday,... More »

Rahm Emanuel Wins Chicago Mayoral Runoff

He survives the toughest political fight of his life

(Newser) - Rahm Emanuel will get another term as Chicago mayor. With about 76% of the votes counted in their runoff election, he led challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia by 56% to 44%, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . Garcia already has called Emanuel to concede the race, one the Chigago Tribune describes "... More »

Rahm Emanuel Faces Chicago's First Runoff for Mayor

He fails to win 50% of the vote needed to secure 2nd term

(Newser) - Chicago will hold its very first mayoral runoff election, because incumbent Rahm Emanuel failed to win the 50% of the vote that he needed in yesterday's election to secure a second term. He got just 45.4%, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia got 33.9%; they'... More »

George Lucas Plans $1B Museum for Chicago

Will house art collection, film posters, and more

(Newser) - Chicago will soon be home George Lucas' collection of art, film memorabilia, animation, and more—though the city wasn't necessarily Lucas' first choice for his private museum. The filmmaker proposed a $700 million plan earlier this year to build the museum in San Francisco, but his chosen bayside location... More »

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