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Handful of lawyers dominate crucial city zoning process

On Jan. 23, the Chicago City Council Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards held a somewhat unusual meeting.

Instead of launching right into traditional matters, like whether a specific neighborhood shopping district should be re-zoned and modestly expanded into a commercial shopping district, committee members vigorously debated how the city might zone recently-legalized medical marijuana dispensaries.

Happy New Year's from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale would like to wish a happy, healthy and properous 2014 to all of our readers. In observance of the New Year's holiday, we will not publish our daily newsletters on Tuesday, Dec. 31 or Wednesday, Jan. 1. Our regular publishing schedule will resume on Thursday, Jan. 2.

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Daily Whale

The Daily Whale staff would like to wish all our readers a very Happy Thanksgiving. We will suspend regular publishing of our daily newsletters and other content on Thursday and Friday in observance of the holiday. Our regular publishing schedule will resume on Monday.

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Hospital system bolstering dental care resources

With the implementation of the CountyCare program at the forefront of its undertakings in 2013, other Cook County Health and Hospitals System initiatives have seemingly been overshadowed. But as the system transitions itself from a safety net hospital to a primary care and preventative treatment provider, it has also made efforts to bolster its oral health resources a top priority.

Tolva highlights mayor’s tech plan; many projects already in the works

Chicago Chief Technology Officer John Tolva on Tuesday laid out elements of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first-ever technology plan, a blueprint the mayor announced this afternoon that includes strategies and initiatives focused on strengthening technology in Chicago.

“It’s time for the shout to catch up with the heartbeat,” Tolva told the audience at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. “It’s time for us to actually tell people what’s been going on here, and that’s the Chicago tech plan.”

Quinn announces appointments to state posts

Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Friday a number of appointments and reappointments to state boards and commissions.

Quinn reappointed Judge Aaron Jaffee as chairman to the Illinois Gaming Board. Jaffe has served in that role since 2005. Michael Holewinski, president of Ace Industries and a former Illinois state representative, was reappointed vice-chairman of the Gaming Board.

Expo Chicago on track for success, says director

Tony Karman, president and director of Expo Chicago, told the audience at a City Club of Chicago luncheon Wednesday that he expects this year’s art exposition to be as successful as last year’s inaugural event.

“I’m standing here with great confidence, not overconfidence, in telling you that the art world is coming in huge numbers compared to last year,” he said.

Last year 120 exhibitors were brought in for the event that garnered over 27,000 attendees.

Researchers slam reported pension committee proposal to reduce COLA

A pair of researchers on Monday criticized a key element of  a state legislative committee’s pension reform proposal that would lower annual cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Illinois retirees.

State transportation department takes over cockpit for south suburban airport

With a 30-month prison sentence handed down on Wednesday for misuse of campaign funds, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. will probably now forever be linked with political corruption.

DuPage County pioneers government body consolidation

Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D-Villa Park), sponsor of a new Illinois law that lets DuPage County consolidate or eliminate unnecessary government bodies, said that the measure can “serve as a template” for more efficient government throughout the state.

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