Ahead of last fall’s two-week strike, the Chicago Teachers Union spent nearly $1.5 million from the dues it collects from members on lobbying and other political activity, a Chicago Sun-Times examination of the clout-heavy union’s finances has found. That’s on top of $1.2 million that the CTU’s two political action committees gave union-friendly candidates and political organizations.
And a union foundation has cut back sharply on the money it gave to charities and like-minded groups — to $1 million in 2018 from $1.9 million the previous two years.
A flashy, high-rolling north suburban gambler was once purportedly poised to “emerge as America’s leading sports bettor.” A lengthy and colorful 2017 USA Today profile of Robert Gorodetsky asked, “Is this the future face of sports gambling?”
But this week, Gorodetsky was charged in a $9.6 million wire fraud scheme in federal court in Chicago, records show. Federal prosecutors filed a charging document against the 27-year-old accusing him of wire fraud and filing a false income tax return.
Ever since legal weed became the law of the land in Illinois, hookah lounge owner Mounir Zekkari said he’s been getting phone calls from customers curious about whether his BYOB policy applies to their weed, as well as their wine. For now, he has to tell them no.