Developer Pleads Not Guilty In Bribery Case Linked To Alderman Burke
A real estate developer from Lake Forest pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he bribed Ald. Edward Burke (14th) in exchange for assistance getting city permits he needed.

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Texts And Emails Show Foxx Involvement In Smollett Case After 'Recusal'Thousands of emails and text messages from inside the Cook County State's Attorney's office during the Jussie Smollett investigation show State's Attorney Kim Foxx continued to discuss the case with her assistants even after she said she had recused herself. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Two Extremely Close Ward Races All But OverThe results aren’t official yet, but Chicago election officials have finished counting ballots from the city’s runoff elections two weeks ago, and two aldermanic races that had been too close to call now appear to be all but over in the 33rd and 46th wards.
Rising Star Pete Buttigieg Joins Presidential RaceSouth Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg officially launched his campaign for president on Sunday, joining a pool of 17 other Democrats aiming to unseat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Alderman Burke Caught Up In New ScandalAlready facing federal charges himself, Ald. Edward Burke has been caught up in another scandal, as federal prosecutors have charged a suburban real estate developer with bribing the alderman to get his help arranging for a sign for a retailer that wanted to build on property in Portage Park.
Illinois House Votes To Upgrade Expressway CamerasThe Illinois House has approved legislation aimed at helping state police catch shooters who open fire on Chicago area expressways, by requiring upgraded cameras capable of recording license plates.
Cracking Down On CorruptionCBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakely reports, while Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot was meeting with Springfield power brokers, in Chicago, calls for cracking down on corruption were put out by a political reform group.
TIF Deals For Lincoln Yards And The 78 Move To Full City CouncilPlans for two massive developments, Lincoln Yards and The 78, are moving forward, and the Chicago City Council is expected to give final approval Wednesday to $1.6 billion tax subsidies for the deals, after Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot gave her blessing Tuesday night. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Lightfoot Gives Green Light To Lincoln Yards, The 78Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot has given her blessing to two massive development projects, having secured agreements from the developers to increase the amount of construction work that will go to women- and minority-owned firms. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Lawmakers Want Expressway Cameras To Record FootageIllinois highways have hundreds of cameras that live-stream footage, but can't record. With 14 expressway shootings so far this year, some state lawmakers want to upgrade those cameras to help police solve violent crime. CBS 2's Vi Nguyen reports.

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Violence Prevention A Priority For LightfootCBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley reports Chicago alderman and the city's police superintendent are hopefully mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will pay extra attention to violence prevention measures that could curb crime in Chicago.
Chicago Finance Committee Will Call Lincoln Yards TIF Vote WednesdayAt the urging of both Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the committee postponed a vote on the Lincoln Yards project, but lobbyists for Sterling Bay said they believe they have to votes to pass the project this week.
Possible Showdown Over TIF Votes For Lincoln Yards, The 78A new twist in the battle over two huge development projects. Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to delay votes on tax subsidies for Lincoln Yards and The 78, but at least one alderman may try to push forward anyway. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Key Vote Ahead For Lincoln Yards, The 78Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot is calling for more transparency into two massive redevelopment projects, ahead of key votes on taxpayer financing for Lincoln Yards and The 78. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
One-On-One With Lori LightfootCBS 2's Mike Puccinelli sat down with Chicago's mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot as she discussed her vision for a new Chicago.
Changes Facing Mayor-Elect LightfootBudget woes, crime issues and public school problems are just a few of the things Chicago mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will face as she heads into office next month. CBS 2 political editor Derrick Blakley has the story.
Serious Challenges For Chicago's Next MayorCBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley reports on the problems mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will face as she plans to take over City Hall's Fifth Floor.
Lightfoot, Preckwinkle To Meet For Post-Election Unity EventPledging to work together after a hard-fought campaign, Mayor-Elect Lori Lightfoot and former rival Toni Preckwinkle were meeting at Rainbow/PUSH Coalition headquarters on Wednesday in a show of unity. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Lightfoot Cruises To Historic Win In Mayor's RaceChicago elected its first black woman as mayor, and the first LGBTQA mayor in the city's history on Tuesday, as Lori Lightfoot won in a landslide over Toni Preckwinkle. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Hinsdale OKs $140 Million Referendum For School District 86With school sports and activities on the line, voters in west suburban Hinsdale approved a $140 million referendum to fund improvements at two high schools in District 86. CBS 2's Eric Cox reports.
History In Making At City HallIn Chicago’s runoff election, the city will elect its first African American woman as mayor, while 15 aldermanic seats and the city treasurer’s office are also up for grabs today. CBS 2's Jim Williams reports.
Down To The Wire For Chicago Mayor: Lightfoot v. PreckwinkleIn Chicago’s runoff election, the city will elect its first African American woman as mayor, while 15 aldermanic seats and the city treasurer’s office are also up for grabs today. Derrick Blakley reports.
No Election Judges Show Up At Northwest Side Polling PlaceOne precinct in Chicago didn’t have any election judges when the Northwest Side polling place opened Tuesday morning.
Mayor's Race Heads Into Home StretchPolls are open, and it's time to get out and vote. Election Day is here in Chicago, and the candidates for mayor are still working to get people to the polls. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Election Day Arrives For Historic Mayoral RunoffThe polls are open for Chicago’s runoff elections, and aside from the historic mayor’s race, 15 aldermanic seats and the city treasurer’s office are up for grabs today. CBS 2's Mugo Odigwe reports.
Kim Foxx Takes Center Stage Before Election DayCBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports a protest supporting State's Attorney Kim Foxx and a protest calling for her ouster came head to head in downtown Chicago on Monday.
Governor Nominates Marc Smith As New DCFS ChiefIllinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday ordered an independent review of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and nominated a new director after the recent deaths of toddlers who were under the child welfare agency's care.
Jussie Smollett Case Brings New Issue To Mayor's RaceThe Jussie Smollett case has landed in the middle of the mayor's race, with Lori Lightfoot calling for more information on the decision to drop the charges, and Toni Preckwinkle avoiding criticism of her protege, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, who recused herself from the case. CBS 2's Derrick Blakley reports.
Kim Foxx Says Jussie Smollett Case Handled Just Like Other Low-Level FeloniesCook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx denied that her office fixed the Jussie Smollett case by agreeing to drop charges, insisting prosecutors handled the disorderly conduct charges the same way they do in thousands of other low-level felony cases. CBS 2's Mai Martinez reports.
President Trump Declares Victory, Democrats Prepared For More Scrutiny After Mueller Report ReleasedDepending on your political perspective, this day is either a relief, or the start of more scrutiny.

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