Children’s Hospital helipad deemed safe for approach, landing

9:50 a.m. CDT, May 31, 2011


A proposed helipad for the new Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood should be safe enough “to perform approach and landing maneuvers,” an independent analysis conducted for the Illinois Department of Transportation says.



Chicago casino bill advances in Senate

12:56 p.m. CDT, May 31, 2011


SPRINGFIELD — A major gambling expansion that includes a Chicago casino advanced to the full Senate today.

The bill won approval of the Senate Executive Committee on an 8-4 vote, with three voting present. With the House having passed the bill on Memorial Day, the measure now is one vote away in the Senate from the desk of Gov. Pat Quinn, who has criticized the proposal as too big. 

Emanuel lobbies lawmakers on Chicago casino

10:51 a.m. CDT, May 31, 2011


Mayor Rahm Emanuel today said he has been working the phones lobbying state senators to sign off on a Chicago casino after the House did so Monday. 

Illinois House OKs casino for Chicago, slots at

O’Hare, Midway


SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House approved a massive gambling expansion Monday that would bring new casinos to Chicago and the suburbs and slot machines to racetracks and possibly the city’s two airports.