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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, (right) talks with Walter Jacobson Tuesday night at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Million buck pledge changes Lewis’ ‘calculus’ — but not timeline

Jackie Robinson West Little League manager Darold Butler lifts third baseman Cam Bufford onto his shoulder and carries him off the field after Bufford's grand slam gave the Chicago team a 10-7 lead en route to a 12-7 win over New Albany, Ind., in the Little League Central Regional baseball championship game in Lawrence, Ind., on Aug. 9, 2014. | Charlie Nye/Indianapolis Star via AP

Gov helps Jackie Robinson West team’s coach cover his bases

Sneed hears that Gov. Pat Quinn, who was awed by Little League coach Darold Butler volunteering his time to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, called Butler’s boss to make sure his job was safe because he had to take time off from work.

Rhea Bell, a parent, listens as speakers voice their opinions at a public hearing on changing the location of Horizon Science Academy-Clay Evans, a charter school that would open next month at 9130-40 S. Vincennes in Chatham. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Parents urge CPS to OK new Chatham site for Concept school

Chantay Moore plans to send her 5-year-old to kindergarten at the school, Horizon Science Academy-Clay Evans. She burst into tears while addressing the hearing officer charged with hosting the meeting to discuss the charter school operator’s proposed new location at 9130 S. Vincennes. “We do not have any other options in our neighborhood,” she said. Her daughter, Aniya, told the hearing officer, “I will be happy.”

US officials: Video shows American journalist's beheading

WASHINGTON — A grisly video released Tuesday shows Islamic State militants beheading American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials said, in what the extremists called retribution for recent U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The militants threatened to kill another captive they also identified as an American journalist.


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.

A demonstrator is arrested Tuesday while protesting the killing of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Is Ferguson the new American normal?

Could it be that our long national nightmare is just beginning? Could it be that after decade upon decade of refusing to address the cost of racism in America, the bill has finally come due? 

Jennifer Hodge, principal of Our Lady of Victory school, greets children who entered the school on their very first day of school. Our Lady of Victory was one of three Catholic schools that escaped the budget ax last spring. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Northwest Side’s Our Lady of Victory lives up to its name

Tuesday marked the first day of school at Our Lady of Victory in Portage Park, the annual ritual taking on added significance this year. Not a tear was observed to fall from a child’s eye, but I can’t vouch for some of the parents who hurried away. Mostly there were smiles all around, which wasn’t the case just eight months ago when this Catholic elementary school was slated for closing by the Archdiocese of Chicago because of shaky finances


Republican Bruce Rauner Tuesday dimisses questions about his ties to financial investments in the Cayman Islands, calling them "standard practice" in the private-equity world. | Chicago Sun-Times photo/Dave McKinney

Rauner: Caymans investments not an important issue to voters

SPRINGFIELD-Republican Bruce Rauner Tuesday dismissed questions about his financial ties to the secretive Cayman Islands as a Democratic-driven “red herring,” calling it a “distraction” by Gov. Pat Quinn from his failed tax policies. In Chicago, Quinn hit Rauner over outsourcing allegations with regard to the venture capitalist's companies.

The Hotel Florence in the historic Pullman neighborhood in January. File Photo.| Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Declare Pullman a national historic park

A Pullman National Historic Park in Chicago could become the Statue of Liberty for American labor.

N'Dana Carter of The Mental Health Movement in 2012. File Photo. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Mental health advocates blast Emanuel's clinic closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s two-year-old plan to close six of the city’s 12 mental health clinics came under withering attack Tuesday, with advocates accusing the mayor of throwing Chicago’s most vulnerable residents to the wolves.

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.

Chicago Police officers questions a group of young men in the Austin neighborhood in 2003. Sun-Times File Photo by Robert A. Davis

Special rules apply for raising a boy who is brown

A Chicago mother writes that there is a clause in the rules of empowerment for a son who is brown. One day, she says, she will have to tell him the truth.