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Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks during a roundtable discussion earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

City’s cash balance, police arrests down — emergency responses up

Taxes are going up, debate is over how

Our governor candidates, for now, have set aside the prairie chickens, the scary fairy tale mascots and the juvenile fake press releases. We all know we’re in deep in Illinois and we finally have a sign from Republican governor nominee Bruce Rauner that he recognizes it, too.

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton (left), the mother of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton, stands next to Michelle Obama in U.S. House of Representatives before the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2013. | Courtesy ABC Network News

Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday?

The Shamiya tragedy: Sneed is wondering if the tragic death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover with friends Friday in West Garfield Park, will be addressed by first lady Michelle Obama when she hits town Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

In a Thursday, July 3, 2014 file photo, Detroit retirees Mike Shane, left, and William Davis protest near the federal courthouse in Detroit on July 3, 2014. | AP photo

Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts

Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy, the city announced Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history.

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama reportedly are in escrow on a contemporary $4.25 million home in a gated community in Rancho Mirage, Calif. | AP file photo

Are the Obamas buying a house in California?

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle have made no promises about returning to Chicago after their run in the White House is over, and it appears they're taking the first step on relocating away from the Windy City's harsh winters.


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.

Calling delayed tent removal ‘homeless outreach’ a bit of reach

City officials postponed a “homeless outreach” effort planned for Monday night in which Chicago Police and Park District security personnel were scheduled to root out individuals sleeping in tents along the north lakefront. It may be coincidental, but the change of plans didn’t come until late Monday afternoon after I’d made a few calls to learn more about the “outreach,” which sounded a lot like a sweep or crackdown to me.

Concept Schools offices in Des Plaines. | Dan Mihalopoulos/Sun-Times

Search warrants reveal details of FBI raid of Concept Schools

The recent FBI raid at the Des Plaines headquarters of Concept Schools focused on many of the politically connected charter-school operator’s top administrators and companies with close ties to Concept, according to federal documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Rauner still pushing term limits

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner said Monday he would continue his push to get a term-limit initiative for state legislators on the ballot — despite the Illinois Supreme Court’s refusal to immediately hear the case after a Cook County judge declared the proposal unconstitutional. This means Rauner will have to go through the Chicago-based First District Appellate Court, which agreed Monday to hear the case on an expedited basis. 

Lieutenant Governor candidate Paul Vallas talks about gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's proposed budget Monday afternoon during a press conference at the Allegro Hotel. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Rauner, Quinn camps trade budget barbs

Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate blasted Republican rival Bruce Rauner’s budget proposal as “fundamentally dishonest” on Monday as Rauner fired back that government is so “inefficient” and “wasteful” under the Democrat that it must be completely restructured.

Shaneetha Goodloe, right, mother of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, attends a vigil Saturday in Chicago for her daughter who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover Friday night. (File Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski)

Shootings dim Chicago summer’s allure

Summer always has felt like one sun-soaked gift to me. I savor it, like a coveted chocolate treat. But not this year. 

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.

A group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in June in Granjeno, Texas. | AP Photo

Treat Central American children at our borders with humanity

Politicians seeking political advantage blame the Central American children crisis on President Barack Obama. They demand that the border be secured. But these children aren’t undocumented immigrants trying to sneak into America. They are refugees fleeing threats on their lives, and hoping to reach our border security guards, not avoid them.