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Ald. Balcer to retire, but says he wasn’t forced out

Alderman Jim Balcer denied allegations that he is being forced into retirement to make room for former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew to be elected 11th Ward alderman.

The Chicago Sun-Times on Monday reported Balcer “has been told his retirement would be welcome” so that Patrick Thompson, who currently serves as a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner, could take over in the 11th Ward.

Head of 1871 touts Chicago business growth

1871 CEO Howard Tullman on Friday praised Chicago business development efforts while discussing Inc. magazine’s ratings of the U.S.’s fastest-growing private businesses.

Ryan, Romney catch up in Chicago

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) joined Mitt Romney in Chicago Thursday night to discuss Ryan's new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.”

The Union League Club of Chicago event was the first time the two appeared together publicly since 2012 when Romney ran for president and Ryan was his vice president running mate, according to the Associated Press.

Emanuel defends Chicago roots after being called a ‘suburbanite’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his Chicago roots after being called a “suburbanite” by the former head of the Chicago Park District.

In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, former Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly, 90, said Emanuel’s increasing fallout with Chicago voters could be due to the fact that he is not a real “Chicago guy.”

Quinn to GOP lt. gov. candidate: Be nice to the cows

Evelyn Sanguinetti, Bruce Rauner’s Republican lieutenant governor running mate, poked fun at Illinois’ agricultural industry, and Gov. Pat Quinn isn’t taking it lightly.

Streets and San scurries to remove Wicker Park signage

The city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation on Tuesday scrambled to remove unauthorized traffic signs installed in Wicker Park.

At least four such signs were installed on light poles along Milwaukee Avenue, Redeye Chicago reported. One of the signs, located between Honore Street and North Avenue, featured directional arrows running perpendicular to traffic and the text “FUCK IT.”

Hungry? Grab a granola bar

Have Chicagoans become more health-conscious when it comes to their snacks?

Nearly 90 percent of respondents to a recent Northwestern University study said they are happy with the Chicago Park District’s new vending machines that offer only healthy choices, the Chicago Tribune reported. Individual machines’ average monthly revenue jumped to $371 from $84 “in a little over a year,” according to the Trib.

In jab at Rauner, Quinn camp spells out impact of offshore investments on US economy

Following recent reports that Bruce Rauner is stashing money in Cayman Islands bank accounts, on Wednesday the Quinn campaign released an animated video breaking down how such investment tactics hurt public finances in the U.S, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Byrne and the Blues Brothers

Just before the City Council on Wednesday approved legislation allows the plaza next to the Magnificent Mile’s historic Water Tower to be named after former Mayor Jane Byrne, the Chicago Sun-Times published five interesting facts about the city’s first and only female mayor.

No. 5 on the Sun-Times’ list was a story about a meeting between Bryne and the late John Belushi during which the latter sough permission to film the “Blues Brothers” film in Chicago.

UIC professor's website predicts life expectancy

A new website co-created by University of Illinois at Chicago Public Health professor S. Jay Olshansky analyzes pictures of people’s faces to project their expected life spans.