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Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino leads Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on a tour as the newly-renovated International Terminal 5 in April. (AP File photo/Daily Herald, Joe Lewnard)

Firm accuses city of 'civil conspiracy' in airport landscape flap

Illinois Republican gubernatorial nominee, Bruce Rauner | file

Rauner may wear $10 watch, but has $100,000 parking spot downtown

Sneed has learned rich man Rauner spent $100,000 on an extra parking space and storage space at 340 E. Randolph St., where he owns a $4 million penthouse and a $1.2 million condo purchased in 2008 — which already include three parking spots.


Sen. Kirk claims 429 border kids in Chicago: Provides no details

Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. claimed on Thursday that 429 children have been sent to Chicago, in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, after arriving from Central America, part of the surge of unaccompanied young illegal immigrants massing at the U.S. southern border.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell | AP file photo

Possible compromise emerges on border crisis

WASHINGTON — Outlines of a possible compromise that would more quickly deport minors arriving from Central America emerged Thursday as part of President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency border request to address the immigration crisis on the U.S. border with Mexico.

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., speaks at a news conference in Washington, DC to discuss the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act. | Getty Images

Lawmakers: VA needs to improve suicide prevention

WASHINGTON — Most of the Veterans Affairs scandal impacts the living — vets who faced long waits for appointments while staffers cooked the books. On Thursday, lawmakers, including Rep.


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.

Off Message: The Good Old Days?

With the recent deaths of Alan Dixon and Howard Baker Natasha Korecki, Neil Steinberg, Mark Brown and Dave McKinney take a look at what made the "good old days" more bipartisan than the polarization of today's politics. 

Calumet Township Supervisor and state Rep. Robert Rita (D-Blue Island) File Photo. | Phil Kadner~Sun-Times Media

Three suburbs join to protect seniors from abuse, neglect

In an effort to improve the quality of life of senior citizens, three suburbs have formed an intergovernmental agreement with Calumet Township to form an Adult Protective Services Program. The three suburbs, all within Calumet Township, are Blue Island, Calumet Park and Riverdale. According to the agreement, the program is designed to established a “professional uniformed response for at-risk and high-risk senior citizens.”

Concept Schools is headuarted at this office in Des Plaines

New South Side charter school on hold due to FBI probe

A new charter school won’t open as planned next month in a South Side building owned by a politically connected pastor’s church because of a federal investigation involving charter operator Concept Schools, a consultant for the project said Thursday.

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A garden grows in Little Village

The quarter-acre lot on South Troy Street in Little Village, once abandoned, is starting to thrive as a community garden. That means a lot to the residents. It took the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization so long to secure the former industrial site as a community garden that its members cannot remember when they started lobbying the city for it.

Laura Foxgrover leaves court Wednesday after testifying in a case regarding the Park Grill in Millennium Park. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Insider in Park Grill deal didn’t reveal baby’s father

Laura Foxgrover, a Chicago Park District official who oversaw concessions, testified Thursday that "I never put it in writing that I was having a baby with Matthew O'Malley," who was then negotiating the biggest concession deal in park district history, the Park Grill restaurant’s 30-year lease at Millennium Park.