Black companies getting fewer city contracts

African-American companies in Chicago have received only seven percent of city contracts in the past year, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times. Alderman Leslie Hairston, of the 5th ward, said increased scrutiny of bidders may be scaring away black contractors.


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  • U.S. District Judge James Zagel rejected embattled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal to remove his guilty verdict on a charge of lying to federal investigators. In the two-page opinion, Zagel maintained that Blagojevich's motion contained no legitimate challenge based on law or fact.

    --Compiled by Ryan Jacobs and Nick Moroni

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