City Council Inspector’s Political Work Draws Criticism

City Council Inspector’s Political Work Draws Criticism
From CBS Chicago 22 W. Washington Street Chicago IL 60602

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — The City Council’s Inspector General has sparked controversy, after a top aide recently worked on a state lawmaker’s re-election campaign while taking time off the job.

WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports Kelly Tarrant, chief of staff for Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn, took 10 weeks off at the end of last year and worked on the campaign of state Rep. Eddie Winters (D-Chicago)

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Ald. Joe Moore (49th), who claims he was subjected to an unfair investigation by Khan’s office said it’s unprecedented for an employee of a governmental inspector general’s office to do political work in his or her free time.

“I can’t think of anyone in any investigatory body that allows their employees to leave and come back working in political campaigns,” Moore said. “For her to go back and…

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Court: City Must Make Police Misconduct Files Public

Court: City Must Make Police Misconduct Files Public
From CBS Chicago 22 West Washington Street, Chicago IL 60602

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (STMW) — A state appeals court says the Chicago Police Department can no longer keep misconduct records secret.

The Illinois Freedom of Information Act doesn’t exempt “CR files,” which consist of misconduct complaints against officers and documents created during the investigations, the court found in a ruling Monday.

The appeals court also found that “RL” files are open to the public. Those files identify police officers who have accumulated the most misconduct complaints. At issue were two RL files that named officers with the most complaints between 2001-06 and 2002-08.

University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman hailed the ruling, saying: “I really do think this is a watershed moment in Illinois in terms of police transparency and accountability.”

Jamie Kalven, an independent journalist and community activist, filed a Freedom of Information request asking CPD to provide him with the RL files as well as CR files involving five…

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Chicago vs. New York: Graphic Compares Tale Of Two Cities

Great story from CBS 2 ( Via CBS 2 Newsroom 22 West Washington Street Chicago, IL

CBS Chicago

By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago vs. New York.

It’s a rivalry as old as the City Of Big Shoulders itself.

Better sports town? Better pizza? (Remember Jon Stewart’s rant on deep dish?) Better hot dog? Better place to live?

The blog Chicago’d found a detailed info-graphic that compares the Big Apple and the Second City.

There are several interesting nuggets:

New York’s median housing price is nearly double Chicago’s, but median income is not that much different.

New York’s subway system is much larger.

New York is a more expensive place to live. (No. 1 in the United States vs. No. 7).

Click on the image for a larger version to compare presidents, crime families, demographics, number of taxis and more:


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Foul Play Not Suspected In Death Of U Of C Student

Update on Dorm Death at University of Chicago (5801 S Ellis Ave)

CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) – – The University of Chicago says foul play is not suspected in the death of a third-year student from Pittsburgh whose body was found yesterday afternoon.

It was about 4:15 in the afternoon when the decomposed body of 20-year-old Nicholas Barnes was found in his dorm room at International House – on the University of Chicago campus.

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“Our thoughts are with Nicholas’ family and friends, the Booth House community, residents and staff of I-House, and all who are touched by this loss. Nicholas was an excellent student, admired by faculty and peers alike,” said Karen Warren Coleman, Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services in a statement.

The cause of death has not been determined. The Cook County Medical Examiner says autopsy results are pending toxicology.

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Loneliness May Be Factor In Risk Of Early Death

New University of Chicago (5801 S Ellis Ave) study

u-VIB Blog

light_painting___loneliness_by_perfect_dream-d4fagz1 Those who are lonely may be more susceptible to early death than those with satisfactory human connections, according to research conducted at the University of Chicago. The report, titled Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connections, found that those who report feelings of consistent loneliness are 14 percent more likely to die prematurely.

“Loneliness is a risk factor for early death beyond what can be explained by poor health behaviors,” said psychologist John Cacioppo, director of the Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience at the  University of Chicago. “Feeling lonely isn’t only unhappy; it’s unsafe.”

Cacioppo surveyed data on 2,000 subjects over the age of 50, finding that death by loneliness was two times more deadly than death by obesity.

“We find people who continue to interact with co-workers after retirement and have friends close by are less lonely. Take time to enjoy yourself and share good times with family…

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Chicago anti-violence program didn’t do much, audit finds

Results of NRI From FOX
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By Scott Zamost and Drew Griffin

(CNN) — A $54.5 million program meant to cut gang violence in Chicago left out some of the most violent communities and failed to account for how the money was spent, according to a critical audit report released this week.

The Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, or NRI, which was highly touted by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, suffered from what the state auditor general’s report calls “pervasive deficiencies” in “planning, implementation and management” of the program.

The NRI was supposed to be overseen by the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, or IVPA. The report, which was publicly released Tuesday, criticized the state agency for poor oversight and said the program was rolled out too soon.

“We noted a significant number of internal control weaknesses and instances of noncompliance related to grant awarding, administration and monitoring including missing documentation, incomplete and untimely application review or approvals … untimely…

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Another 25 Year Record Of Home Price Increases For Chicago

Via The Shenfeld Group 1800 North Clybourn Avenue | Chicago | IL



According to yesterday’s release of the Case Shiller home price index for December, Chicago home prices continued to rocket ahead of last year, achieving awesome gains for the full year of 2013.  Click here for the release:

And here for an interesting article by Gary Lucido:

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