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Ald. Pat Dowell chats with Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS closes last electrical training program for students

Former President George H.W. Bush, right, is congratulated on his parachute jump by his son, former President George W. Bush, far left, his wife Barbara Bush and his tandem team partner Mike Elliott on his 90th birthday in Kennebunkport, Maine on June 12, 2014. | AP file photo

Barbara Bush says George H.W. was 'best president ever'

There's no question where Barbara Bush's loyalties lie. But you'd think the "best president ever" would have been elected to a second term.

Gov. Pat Quinn (center) talks about Tonya Gunn, who was killed by gun violence, as U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (right) Tonya's daughter Destiny Fields, 11, (left) and Tonya's mother Sandra Gunn (left center) listen during a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs

Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace. For months, Quinn has been getting pummeled by the press because of the problems uncovered in his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The initiative was supposed to help struggling communities provide safety nets for its youth, but is now being characterized as a “political slush fund,” and a “get-out-the-vote” effort.  Only a few clergy, one of them the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, have rallied to the governor’s side. 

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Ald. Cappleman figures he has license to act this way

This has been quite a week for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) LCSW. If you don’t know, LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker, which is Cappleman’s profession by training, as he always makes sure to remind everyone. Cappleman brought it up again Wednesday while explaining why he opposes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed moratorium on redeveloping or demolishing the city’s dwindling supply of single-room occupancy and residential hotels.


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.

John Thomas leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in April. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Con man: Let me out of prison to fix mess from crime I committed

Serial con man John Thomas has been locked up for two months since he pleaded guilty to a $370,000 scam that ripped off Riverdale taxpayers and left the south suburb’s blighted marina in ruins. But now the 52-year-old former federal mole and real estate developer says he’s the only person who can fix the mess he made — so he’s asking a judge to temporarily release him from prison.

Enaam Arnaout, head of the Chicago-based Islamic charity Benevolence International Foundation, is shown in this undated photo distributed by the U.S. government. | File photo.

Alleged bin Laden associate should lose citizenship, U.S. says

A southwest suburban used car salesman and former Muslim charity leader who was an alleged associate of Osama bin Laden should be stripped of his U.S. citizenship, the feds say.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying at a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman.)

BGA lawsuit aims to lift veil on IHSA finances

The not-for-profit group that oversees high school sports in Illinois should be subject to state open-records law because it “performs a governmental function” and generates income “from events involving predominantly public schools,” a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the Better Government Association contends. The government watchdog group’s case, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, aims to force the Illinois High School Association to disclose details about its sponsorship deals, vendors, pension expenses and other aspects of its $11-million-a-year budget.

Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, speaks during a signing ceremony in Chicago on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 for an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Bond-rating agency shifts state financial outlook to negative

SPRINGFIELD-A top Wall Street bond-rating agency Wednesday raised the prospect of a downgrade on state bonds because of concerns over the newly implemented state budget and a recent court ruling on retiree health benefits.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) at a Chicago City Council meeting in May. File Photo| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on stolen cell phones

Chicago Police would have another tool to track cell phone thefts that account for 30 percent of all thefts citywide, under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka attends an Equality Illinois event at JW Marriott Chicago last month. | File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Topinka has more cash; Simon spends more in Comptroller race

Even though Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has more cash in her campaign warchest than opponent Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, Simon is a bigger spender according to the most recent campaign finance reports.