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Four police officers were released on a $10,000 bond Monday after they were charged with lying under oath in a 2013 drug case. 

Police Sgt. James Padar and officers William Pruente and Vince Morgan, all from Chicago, and Glenview officer James Horn were charged with felony perjury. There were questions about how evidence in a marijuana arrest was obtained.

  Chicago’s top lawyer is defending the city’s pension plan, even as an investor service is downgrading the city’s bond rating.

The city owes billions in pension debt. 

Top attorney Steve Patton argues proposed changes to Chicago’s troubled pensions will withstand a legal challenge, even though the Supreme Court just ruled against changes to State of Illinois retirement funds.

"We don’t think you even get to the question of whether some defense or exception applies because we don’t think that our law violates the constitution in the first instance," Patton said.

Members of the Illinois House observed a moment of silence for peace in Baltimore before adjourning for the week. 

There were riots in the city this week following the death of Freddie Gray while he was in police custody. 

The moment of silence in Springfield was led by State Representative Marcus Evans. The Chicago Democrat says he's proud of bipartisan efforts to make Illinois a better place.

"Fighting the battle for equality here in Illinois, for restorative justice here in Illinois," Evans said. "We've got a lot of work to do."

National Politicians Congratulate Emanuel On Re-Election

Apr 9, 2015

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel’s phone lit up with calls from some of the country’s most powerful politicians congratulating him on re-election, and Emanuel continues to criticize Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget cuts while leaning on the governor for support.

Emanuel says he heard from two presidents Tuesday. One was Bill Clinton, his former boss.

When Emanuel was asked if that call from a Clinton means he has his mind on returning to Washington D.C. should Hillary Clinton win her unofficial campaign for president next year, Emanuel gave a partly light-hearted answer.

Long waits for medical care persist at Illinois veteran’s hospitals.

That’s despite efforts to hire more doctors, open more clinics and allow some patients to see private practice physicians as an alternative. 

An Associated Press review of government data finds nearly 20,000 medical appointments completed at the state's five major VA centers from September through February failed to meet the health system's timeliness goal. They call for patients to be seen within a month.

The AP examined waiting times at 940 VA hospitals and outpatient clinics nationwide.

Rahm Emanuel says he will be a better mayor for Chicago in his second term, thanks to the strong campaign run by his opponent, Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. Emanuel defeated Garcia in the city’s first-ever mayoral runoff.

  Emanuel thanked voters for “putting me through my paces” during a speech Tuesday night at a union hall. He had failed to win a majority in a five candidate race in February, forcing the runoff. 

Emanuel, Garcia Face Off In Today's Election

Apr 7, 2015

The candidates for Chicago mayor spent the final days of the campaign re-enforcing their priorities and challenging each other's points.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking a second term. He's in a runoff election against Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia after falling short of the needed majority to win February's election.

Emanuel took to T.V. cameras to emphasize something he’s pushed since his very early days in office. He says he’s brought corporate headquarters and new jobs to the city.

Flickr user Chris Brown / "Traffic" (CC BY 2.0)

Chicago ranks eighth in the top 10 U.S. cities with the most traffic.

That’s according to an annual index by Massachusetts-based GPS maker TomTom. 

Los Angeles has the worst traffic in the country, and Thursdays are the worst day for congestion across the board.

Chicago Mayor Faces Runoff In April

Feb 25, 2015

Chicago’s race for mayor is going to a runoff.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel didn’t get enough votes to win Tuesday’s race. 

Emanuel faced four challengers and now he’s running against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia in the April seventh election. 

President Obama made a last minute campaign stop in Chicago for his former White House aide, but Emanuel got about 45% of the vote in his run for a second term.  That fell short of the more than 50% needed to win Tuesday’s election.  Garcia received almost 34%. 

"14 Ernie Banks Medal of Freedom White House" by White House photographer

The public memorial for Cubs legend Ernie Banks will be held on Wednesday in downtown Chicago. A statue of Banks will stand at Daley Plaza from Wednesday until Saturday.

Banks died Friday from a heart attack at the age of 83. He was a Baseball Hall of Famer, two-time National League MVP, and the first African-American to play for the Cubs, where he spent his entire major league career.