The University of Cincinnati celebrated the life and legacy of its 24th president with a memorial service Wednesday afternoon. Joseph Steger died May 9 at the age of 76 in Cincinnati.
His 19-year term (1984-2003) is the second longest in the university's history. He's credited with directing a rebirth of UC's campus through the adoption of the Campus Master Plan launched in 1989, and with increasing UC's renown for fiscal responsibility during his tenure.
Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory is appointing retired lawyer Stan Chesley to the city's human relations commission. City Council approved the selection today (yesterday) during its regular weekly meeting.
Chesley retired from practicing law after being disbarred in Kentucky for allegedly taking millions of dollars from a judgment involving clients who filed a lawsuit involving the diet drug, phen-fen. Mallory and Chesley have a long history of working together.
The Ohio Kentucky Indiana (OKI) Regional Council of Governments has told the Hamilton County commissioners it is too late to take back $4 million pledged to the city of Cincinnati's streetcar project.
Two county commissioners, Republicans Greg Hartmann and Chris Monzel, had asked OKI to rescind the money because of cost overruns on the streetcar project and that the money should be used on other area infrastructure projects.
No can do, OKI director Mark Policinski told the commissioners in a June 4 letter.
Update 6/5/2013 at 10:20 am: Documents received from the city show the pension system's unfunded actuarial accrued liability as of 12/31/2012 was $862,122,656. That compares with the unfunded actuarial accrued liability as of 12/31/2011 of $728,428,380. That means the unfunded balance increased by more than $133 million during that time.