Protestors wave signs and chant on Wednesday outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters, 125 S. Clark St. They opposed putting three CPS in "turnaround" and handing them over to a private operator. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media
Despite impassioned pleas from residents, parents, teachers and administrators — and sign-carrying protests outside — the Chicago Public Schools board voted Wednesday to “turn around” three elementary schools, laying off all teachers and staff and handing operations over to a private company.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about stronger gun laws at the police station at 51st & Wentworth on April 14. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
Memo to detractors giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to provide air conditioning for every Chicago Public School classroom the cold shoulder: Ya gotta be kidding! It’s too expensive, you say? What price does one put on the life of a child when hot weather fuels violence? What price is too high to for preventing a child from getting killed?
It is hard to see Rand Paul surviving the modern-day presidential primary meat grinder of debate after debate with a campaign based on platitudes.
From left, Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) and Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) at a Chicago City Council meeting earlier this month. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times
On Wednesday, Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) joined the desperate search for less painful alternatives to the mayor's proposed property tax hike — and found one by resurrecting the idea of a monthly fee for garbage collection.
Earlier this month I attended the Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Challenge, where teams of entrepreneurial students pitched a series of ideas that could set the world on a better path by using the free market to attack serious problems looming
House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, left, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno discussed the current legislative session with the Sun-Times Editorial Board on Tuesday. File Photo.| Rich Hein/Sun-Times
SPRINGFIELD-Republican Bruce Rauner offered his imprimatur Wednesday to a new term-limits proposal from GOP House and Senate leaders to limit the tenure of the governor and other statewide officeholders, but Senate Democrats gave the plan a cold shoulder.
Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno with House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times
Are too many people moving out of Illinois? This week, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno said there are.
WASHINGTON--The White House hosts a conference on working families in Chicago on Monday, featuring a cast of Chicagoans-- White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; First Lady Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, in her role as White House Council on Women and Girls Executive Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill.
The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza (pictured) would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs. | Sun-Times files
The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza and advanced by the License Committee would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs.
Chicago would throw the book at the “worst actors” in the valet parking industry — companies that operate without a license and those using counterfeit pay-and-display parking receipts — under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.
It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.
Jeb Bush is getting a little more vocal about his intentions for 2016 and admitted on Monday that he's "thinking about running for president."
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