Fran Spielman Reporter
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Fran Spielman covers City Hall for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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804 Articles
3 months ago
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1,190 Chicago Police officers scheduled to work consecutive days off in April and May, newly appo...

Inspector General Deborah Witzburg conservatively estimated that “at least 1,190” Chicago Police officers were schedu...

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3 months ago
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Willie Wilson files federal lawsuit to block Chicago Board of Elections from consolidating precincts

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson argues it will confuse Chicago voters, depress turnout in the Nov. 28 general and Feb...

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3 months ago
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Lightfoot appoints 7-member interim police oversight commission

The interim commission will have a lot of power. It will be expected to fill several vacancies on the Police Board an...

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3 months ago
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Mayoral challenger Ray Lopez wants to curb mayoral power, cut City Council by half

The most dramatic and controversial of Lopez’s proposals is to reduce the size of the City Council from 50 members to...

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3 months ago
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Ald. Leslie Hairston to retire from the City Council after 24 years representing 5th Ward

Her retirement is part of a mass exodus that promises to change the face of the Chicago City Council. Hairston is the...

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3 months ago
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County Commissioner Brandon Johnson portrays himself as the ‘collaborative’ and ‘visionary’ leade...

A former teacher and an organizer for the Chicago Teachers Union, Johnson told the Sun-Times he is “humbled by and gr...

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3 months ago
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Relentless string of canceled days off blamed for spike in Chicago Police suicides “pared down si...

“There were obviously an extra amount of days off canceled throughout this last spring and summer period. That has be...

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3 months ago
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Inspector general pokes holes in Chicago’s process of building inspections

In her first full-blown audit, Inspector General Deborah Witzburg takes the Department of Buildings to task for fulfi...

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3 months ago
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Chicago’s leading public health official tests positive for COVID-19

“I am experiencing some cold-like symptoms, but am otherwise well, which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,” P...

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3 months ago
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Vallas pokes holes in Lightfoot’s claims of fiscal stability

“What has changed in four years? Nothing. She’s basically handing off what she inherited from Rahm Emanuel,” mayoral ...

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3 months ago
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Chicago alderpersons face preelection dilemma: Whether to accept a 9.62% pay raise

City Council members have until Sept. 2 to decide whether to accept the raise, which will boost pay to $142,772 for t...

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3 months ago
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Lighfoot: Columbus statues won’t return to their pedestals without a security plan

Mayor Lightfoot reiterated that she doesn’t “believe in erasing history.” That’s why she’s been “talking to lots of f...

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