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Anti-patronage attorney Michael Shakman speaks to the media in June. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Chandler West, File)

Ethics watchdog asks for voice in Quinn political hiring lawsuit

What's different in Israel this time

Israel begins another day of Operation Protective Edge, its assault on Gaza, the country also faces an ending that’s going relatively unnoticed around the world: Shimon Peres leaves public office this week after a lifetime of political involvement

Cook County Jail keeps a neighborhood quiet

The massive compound that is the Cook County Jail bears down on the Little Village neighborhood of South Sacramento Avenue between 26th and 31st streets.
A towering concrete slab walls off the inmates’ exercise yard from the neighborhood, though from the right angle residents can see basketball hoops in the yard.
From a certain vantage point, inmates can see the residents, too.
“Hey, sweetheart,” one shouted to a woman walking Wednesday against the glare of the summer sun on the chain-link fence and rows of barbed and sharper razor wires.
“Hey, white girl,” I heard later as I walked across the street.
Mostly, inmates’ banter could be heard.
To live here means the sights and sounds of the jail, a 96-acre facility, are not at all bothersome.


Gov. Quinn press conference is halted after a teen attending the event collapsed. The boy was hospitalized and later released.

Teen collapses at Quinn event

A Chicago teenager has been released from the hospital after appearing to faint at a campaign event where the Illinois governor ended up kneeling over him and holding his hand before an ambulance arrived.


Gov. Pat Quinn ends his news conference on a jobs training program with a wave of his hand at the Dawson Technical Institute last week. (AP File Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Quinn disagrees with aides who tied Maywood mayoral race to NRI

SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn said Thursday he disagreed with the judgment of former top aides who let an upcoming mayoral race in Maywood dictate how they divvied up anti-violence grant dollars in 2011 under his now-tarnished Neighborhood Recovery Initiative.


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.

Red light camera at LaSalle and Kinzie in Chicago. File Photo. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel says red-light cameras 'have to be 100 percent right'

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s “angry” about the unexplained spike that generated at least 9,000 questionable red-light camera tickets at a dozen Chicago intersections and said the system "has to be 100 percent right” to be trusted.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks at the crowd before a news conference Monday. | AP file photo

Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday condemned the senseless act of violence that deprived an innocent, 11-year-old girl of her chance to grow up and realize her dreams.

President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles. | AP Photo

For Obama, 'chicken wing' and free throws don't mix

President Barack Obama has no problem making excuses for his performance — on the basketball court, that is.

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.

Beleaguered Concept Charter finds new school site in Chatham

Concept Schools, which lost out on a new school site in Chatham after the charter network was raided by the FBI, has found another location and is proceeding with a fall 2014 opening for two more Horizon Science Academy schools, according to Chicago Public Schools.