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Chicago sues red light camera firm for $300 million

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration has sued Chicago's former red light camera operator, Redflex Traffic Systems, for more than $300 million on grounds the entire program was built on a $2 million bribery scheme at City Hall that has already led to federal corruption convictions.

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  • Illinois lottery winners have to wait for payout due to budget impasse

    Illinois lottery winners have to wait for payout due to budget impasse

    After years of struggling financially, Susan Rick thought things were looking up when her boyfriend won $250,000 from the Illinois Lottery last month. She could stop working seven days a week, maybe fix up the house and take a trip to Minnesota to visit her daughter.

  • Chicago River still teems with fecal bacteria, tests show

    Chicago River still teems with fecal bacteria, tests show

    People are dipping kayaks into the Chicago River from boathouses designed by celebrated architects. Tourists are flocking to restaurants and bars on the newly extended Riverwalk that invites onlookers to the water's edge.

  • Pain at the pump expected to continue for Chicagoans

    Pain at the pump expected to continue for Chicagoans

    Gas prices in the Chicago area are dipping in time for the Labor Day holiday after a massive outage at a nearby refinery caused the local cost of gas to spike as national oil prices were hitting a six-year low.

  • South Loop developer buys Divvy station for its residents

    South Loop developer buys Divvy station for its residents

    A Chicago real estate developer paid the city $56,000 to install a Divvy bicycle-sharing station outside two of its apartment buildings in the South Loop, officials are expected to announce Friday.

  • Katrina, 10 years later

    Katrina, 10 years later

    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall along the Gulf Coast, devastating coastal areas and flooding roughly 80 percent of New Orleans when the city's levee system failed. More than 1,800 people were killed, some 1.3 million lost their homes and livelihoods and many opted not to return to...

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