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Thousands of applicants wait in long lines to take the Chicago Police Department exam at McCormick Place in 2010. | Sun-Times file photo

Emanuel sets long-term goal of electronic testing for city jobs

Off Message: Who won the debates?


Natasha Korecki is joined by Mick Dumke, Dan Mihalopoulos and Mark Brown to recap all three debates between Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner.

Andrea Zopp (left) talks about charter schools at a panel discussion on school closings Thursday at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. At right is Linda Lenz, publisher of Chicago Catalyst, who was the moderator. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

At school closing panel, board acknowledges more planning needed

Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter 50 neighborhood schools. 

Under a temporary sale in effect through Dec. 31, the cost of opening an I-Pass account is lowered to $30 from a previous $50 or $60. | Sun-Times Media file photo

Tollway might permanently lower cost to open I-Pass account

Since the sale window opened Oct. 1, the average number of drivers opening new I-Pass accounts has nearly doubled — from an average of 350 a day before the sale to about 650 currently, officials said Thursday.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., speaks to reporters after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus regarding immigration reform at the White House in July. (AP File Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Hispanic activists pushing Rep. Gutierrez 2016 presidential draft

WASHINGTON—A group of Hispanic activists are organizing a “draft” of  Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill.,to run for president if President Barack Obama does not issue executive orders to curb deportations by Thanksgiving, even though Gutierrez already said he backs Hillary Clinton if she jumps into the 2016 race.

Divvy bikes await riders under newly fallen snow at Franklin and Wacker in April. File Photo by Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path

Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists,  malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes. 


Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner urges supporters to take advantage of early voting during a campaign event at The Savory House on Tuesday. (AP File Photo/Journal Star, Fred Zwicky)

Rauner plows another $3 million into campaign; Nears record

In two days, Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner plowed another $3 million of his personal fortune into his candidacy for governor, bringing the venture capitalist's total investment in his own campaign to more than $23 million. 

President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. (AP File Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Will Obama do right by immigrants?

As midterm elections near the finish line, there is a self-imposed, not-so-concrete deadline approaching for President Barack Obama. By Thanksgiving or Christmas, we should know what kind of relief he will extend to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.


The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Foster running science guy spot in race against Senger

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill., a physicist, is running his first television spot in his race against state Rep. Darlene Senger, an upbeat piece starting Friday that portrays him as a little boy fixing an old TV set - with dials - and as a young scientist studying proton decay.

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.

Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno answers a question at the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform luncheon in June. (AP File Photo/Sun-Times Media, Michael Schmidt)

Republican senators question Quinn’s IDOT scandal response

A day after a federal judge was appointed to monitor hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation, two state Republican senators raised questions about whether those fired are working in other state positions, and insinuated there may be “corruption” in other state departments.