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Questions arise after DCFS ward charged with murder

Our hopes, fears lurk within the coffee can

The Sun-Times newsroom has packed its bags and moved to the 10th floor of what I still consider the Apparel Center but is actually now called . . . checking . . . River North Point. Well, mostly they’ve packed up. A handful of us office-dwellers linger on 9, transformed into a depopulated junkscape of massed office chairs, bundled wires, stacked gray dividers and various discarded books, tape dispensers, and, I noticed with keen interest, one unopened can of Stewarts coffee.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announce a reciprocal certification program the two governments have agreed upon to create jobs in women-and minority-owned business in Chicago and Cook County on March 27, 2012. | Sun-Times file photo

Emanuel could learn lessons from Preckwinkle to fix image problem

What would Toni do? That’s Toni as in Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president who polls wildly better than Mayor Rahm Emanuel but says she will not run against him in 2015. No longer needing to differentiate himself from his more popular counterpart, Emanuel is now free to follow her lead to soften his image problems.

Protesters upset about the impending closure of Bronzeville’s Dyett High School took to the fifth floor of City Hall on Tuesday evening, alternately jeering Mayor Rahm Emanuel and singing “We Shall Overcome.” | Brian Slodysko/Sun-Times

Protesters upset over school closing hit City Hall's 5th floor

Protesters upset about the impending closure of Bronzeville’s Dyett High School took to the fifth floor of City Hall on Tuesday evening, alternately jeering Mayor Rahm Emanuel and singing “We Shall Overcome.” The crowd of about 50 chanted slogans such as, “Hey Rahm, do we matter?” A smaller group of 11 protesters chained themselves together about 4:30 p.m. in a ring around the George Washington statue outside the front doors of Emanuel’s office. 

 

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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speak before the General Assembly's Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Lawmaker puts Emanuel, McCarthy on the hot seat on crime issues

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rarely gets put on the political hot seat in a public setting. It almost never happens when the heat is turned up by a fellow politician.

Nanci Koschman has appealed a ruling that dimissed her civil rights lawsuit less than a month ago. | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times

Koschman mom appeals, pressing for answers in Daley nephew case

Nanci Koschman isn't giving up her court fight to find out why the Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors twice failed to charge a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley in the death of her son.

Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea Clinton are viewed in the audience as President Barack Obama speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday in New York City. | Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Looking to 2016, Hillary Clinton pitches female empowerment

NEW YORK — Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign emphasized her experience, competence and preparation to become president. Her 2016 pitch could be simpler: She'd be the first female president.

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.