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Chuy to workers: I will be your mayor

By Meg Anderson

Standing before his supporters Tuesday night, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he looks forward to April’s run-off election  and promises to keep Chicago’s working class at the forefront of his mind if elected mayor.

“This city deserves a mayor who will put people first, not big money’s special interests. I will be that mayor,” Garcia said in a celebratory speech at the Alhambra Palace restaurant in the West Loop.

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Emanuel proposes to transfer parkland for Obama library

By Margaret Anderson

Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled an ordinance Wednesday to provide land for the University of Chicago’s presidential library bid, despite protests from South Side residents who say the university should not get the library if it remains unwilling to open an adult level-one trauma center.

The ordinance brings the university one step closer to housing the library by strengthening its bid. It also comes in the wake of an Illinois Department of Public Health feasibility study released Jan. 2 that evaluated the capability of five South Side hospitals to open a trauma center.

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Homeless dead cost Cook County hundreds per burial

By Margaret Anderson

Plywood boxes are stacked in a warehouse at Cook County Facilities Management waiting for a call from the medical examiner’s office, where they’ll be the last home for those who died on the street.

Each time a homeless person is buried, the cost to Cook County is $474. There are over 6,000 homeless braving the Chicago winter, but the city has beds for only 3,000, said Matt Smith, the communication director for the Department of Family and Support Services.

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