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Charter school principal proposes buying school shut by CPS

Despite a pledge by CPS not to allow any charter schools to move into the dozens of schools that were shuttered last year, a charter school principal on Thursday night proposed doing just that. Legacy Charter School Principal Lisa Kenner said her 500 students are running out of room at their current location and proposed buying Pope Elementary, 1852 S. Albany, from Chicago Public Schools.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) and Rahm Emanuel at a hearing on the Obama presidential library on Thursday at the Bilandic Building,160 N. LaSalle, in Chicago. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Madigan wants city to unite behind location for Obama library

The team of rivals angling to land the Obama presidential library and museum — Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago — united on Thursday to encourage the state of Illinois to appropriate $100 million for the project, to help lure it to the city. With little discussion and with no opposition, a state House panel advanced to the House floor the Obama library $100 million sweetener championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. 

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

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.

Alan Sepinwall compares television shows from the 70's and 80's to today at the Early & Often launch event Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the University Club of Chicago. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

'Embrace the crazy,' Sepinwall says of TV political dramas

“Just embrace the crazy sometimes.”

That’s Alan Sepinwall’s advice for too-serious TV political dramas like the Netflix series “House of Cards.”

CTU jabs at Rauner with cartoon

Citing on Thursday "the blatant hypocrisy of Bruce Rauner," a Chicago Teachers Union attorney inked a cartoon mocking the Republican gubernatorial candidate's transformation from well-dressed suit to ordinary joe in plaid, comparing him to failed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

High school students from Chicago laugh as Michelle Obama makes a rectangle symbol, representing the women's quad, in response to cheering from students at Howard University in Washington. The first lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. | AP Photo

Michelle Obama meets with Chicago public high school students

At Howard University, not far from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper and actor Bow Wow met with a group of 37 Chicago public high school juniors and seniors — including from her alma mater, Whitney Young — on Thursday, on campus to participate in a Chicago-centric program to encourage them to attend college.

Joe Ferguson, Chicago's inspector general, detailed more wrongdoing by city employees in his quarterly report, released on Thursday. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ferguson's quarterly report includes crimes large and small

As usual,  the quarterly report from Chicago’s inspector general, Joe Ferguson, includes no names of accused employees but plenty of other details about what they’re accused of doing. They include allegations of drinking on the job, driving city vehicles home and taking scrap metal from city sites — during business hours — and selling it to scrap dealers, thus pocketing thousands of dollars.

Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year. | Associated Press file

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the newly-renovated International Terminal 5 is unveiled at O'Hare International Airport earlier this month. (AP file photo)

Durbin has massive cash advantage over Oberweis

Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. has stockpiled $6,062,115.91 in his political warchest, overwhelming the $256,447 cash-on-hand of his November election GOP rival, state Sen. Jim Oberweis R-Sugar Grove, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for the quarter ending March 31.