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Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners in July. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour minimum wage

President Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn order breakfast during a surprise visit to Valois Cafeteria in Chicago on May 23, 2014. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile Dems to hit city to raise cash, boost Quinn

WASHINGTON — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has a string of high-profile surrogates hitting Chicago for him in the coming days to raise funds and rally the Democratic base: both Obamas, Virginia Gov.

Fewer Aramark custodians in CPS schools losing their jobs Tuesday

Aramark, the private service company now in charge of managing all the custodians in Chicago Public Schools, has decreased the number of janitors who were going to lose their jobs on Tuesday. SEIU Local 1 warned members that 468 custodians were going to lose their jobs on Sept. 30, but 178 with top seniority will stay on, the affected members learned Monday in a robocall from union president Tom Balanoff.

Syria's foreign minister: U.S. should bomb all militants

UNITED NATIONS — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks at a ceremony launching Chicago Carriage Cab Co. in 2003. File photo originally downloaded from the firm's website.

Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits. We received yet another reminder of that Monday with the indictment of a Chicago cab operator Alexsandr Igolnikov.

 

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 young girl stands at a added security fence outside of the White House on Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington. The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an incident when an intruder was able to jump the fence and run into the front door of the White House. | Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Reports: WH intruder gets far past front door

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying at a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

IHSA to boycott legislative hearing set for Friday in Chicago

A legislative hearing set for later this week on Illinois High School Association operations won’t have a key player: the high-school sports governing body itself. IHSA officials announced Monday they plan to “have no official presence” at the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee hearing set for Friday because they’ve been “informed that the IHSA will be unable to testify or call witnesses during the hearing.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs an executive order requiring city contractors to pay a $13 minimum wage on Sept. 3. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Single moms need a minimum wage hike

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that even as the national poverty rate declines, it remains more than two points higher than before the start of the Great Recession. But it gets worse. The report also found that children under the age of six whose mothers are single live in poverty at more than five times the rate for children whose parents are married. If there was ever a time to raise the minimum wage, it is now.

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters last week. (AP File Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Mugabe lobbying trial opens with little Burris, lots of intrigue

The buildup to Chicagoan C. Greg Turner’s trial has been dominated by allegations former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris, a star prosecution witness, tried to shake down a businessman for a $250,000-a-year job. But Burris was only a side note Monday as opening statements in Turner’s trial focused instead on Turner’s character and his role at the center of an international drama that could have been ripped from the pages of a spy thriller.

Sofia Vergara arrives at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Aug. 14 in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Making sure new shows with Latinos stick around

I wasn’t crazy about Sofia Vergara’s appearance at the Emmys last month.

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.

Back Row, from left, John Wooten, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Bobby Mitchell stand behind Muhammad Ali before the start of the Ali Humanitarian Awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014 at the Louisville Mariott Downtown in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Muhammad Ali, a hero of our time

This weekend, the Muhammad Ali Center awarded football great and courageous civil rights advocate Jim Brown and Bill Russell its Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. But the real celebration was for Muhammad Ali himself, a giant now weakened by his three decade struggle with Parkinson’s.