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A woman interrupts President Barack Obama's comments at the Copernicus Center on the Northwest Side after Obama met with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

President Obama on heckling: 'It's good to be back in Chicago'

Visitors line up outside the Governor's Mansion in January of 2003 to greet newly elected Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (AP File Photo/Charles Arbogast)

Rauner getting a fixer-upper: governor’s mansion

Mansion expansion? Dave Bourland, the Lord of the Manor, is waiting. Curator and director of the 159-year-old governor’s mansion in Springfield, Bourland is eager to meet its next occupant — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, who plans to renovate the historic home with private funds.

Archbishop Blase Cupich speaks at a Catholic Extension function at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

Obama and Cupich meet for the first time, discuss immigration

Archbishop Blase Cupich described the meeting on the president’s home turf as “delightful,” though limited to the subject of immigration. Cupich — like much of the Catholic clergy — is outspoken in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. He said Obama’s executive order was just a “first step” to comprehensive immigration reform. Still, he said the action will “help people come out of the shadows.”

Neil Steinberg and Adina Aaron, who plays Bess in the upcoming "Porgy and Bess" at the Lyric Opera House. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

‘Porgy’ star: Opera is fini if fat lady keeps singing

The good news is: advertising works. Ever since the newspaper started running an ad (Page 27 today) promoting our Sun-Times Goes to the Lyric contest, people who never brought up the subject before are asking me about opera. Another surprisingly common reader reaction is succinctly stated by Bill Anders: “I think it is wrong not to give some attribution in the ad to the lovely woman you stand next to. She is not identified.”

Obama in Chicago: On Ferguson, Immigration. Transcript

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago on Tuesday to make another plea for calm in Ferguson and to sell the immigration executive orders. Below is a transcript of his remarks, including replies to people in the audience shouting complaints about deportations.

 
Luis Rivera, 30, said he came home this weekend to find his apartment at 2022 S. Throop empty--one of numerous tenants victimized by questionable tactics from a landlord faced with a court order to vacate the building. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

City needs to put its house in order in protecting tenants

In an all-too-familiar scenario, tenants of a Pilsen apartment building walked into court Tuesday freaked about a judge’s order to vacate their apartments by the end of the day — a piece of bad news most had only recently learned. Their surprise was compounded upon learning that their landlord had been instructed in September to empty the building.

Last year at the City Club of Chicago luncheon, CTA President Forrest Claypool explains that the company installing the Ventra electronic cards, Cubic Transportation Systems, will not receive payment until it meets certain criteria set by the CTA. Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media.

Nothing but good vibes between Rahm, Claypool a year after Ventra

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool heaped praise on each other Tuesday during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago.

Patrick Daley Thompson near the State Street bridge over the Chicago River in 2011. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Deja who? Some names in next year's ward races could ring a bell

It’s among the most memorable lines in a book full of spot-on observations: “A Chicago Rip Van Winkle could awaken to the political news columns and, reading the names, think that time had stood still.” Forty-three years have passed since Mike Royko’s “Boss” described the era of Mayor Richard J. Daley. But familiar names again popped up on the new list of candidates for the City Council in the February election.

Obama expected to comment on Ferguson in Chicago

WASHINGTON-- President Barack Obama is expected to comment on the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. during his upcoming speech on immigration in Chicago, where the president  landed at O'Hare Airport en route to the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

George Lucas Museum rendering

Judge orders city to leave proposed Lucas Museum site unaltered

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered the city not to physically alter the proposed site of The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art until further order of the court during the opening legal battle between the city and opponents of the museum.