President Barack Obama walks with first lady Michelle Obama, center, and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, left, to Marine One helicopter, after speaking at Coral Reef high school in Miami on Friday and is heading onto Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo to begin their weekend vacation. | AP Photo~Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed has a follow-up to her exclusive this past Tuesday about President Obama's family trip to an exclusive resort in Florida.
Election officials and Chicago residents, including Peggy Clark (left) and Kevin Connors, participate in early voting last week for the 2014 primary. | Michael R. Schmidt-For Sun-Times Media
A total of 1,368,290 voters are registered this year, compared to the 1,444,494 registered in 2010, the last Illinois primary in a non-presidential election year. That’s a drop of 5.3 percent.
I want to depart from habit today and tip my hat to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, because he said something that is utterly true and will certainly be born out by events. As the state of Illinois sent out its first 5,000 concealed carry permits, he noted: “Stand by and watch what happens. The answer to gun violence is not more guns.”
Over recent years, I’ve grown increasingly dismayed by the crude, rude, and downright nasty tone that has invaded not only political dialogue, but also our business and personal interactions.
There were dire predictions that if marriage equality came to Illinois, the world as we know it would vanish. Marriage equality opponents, led by the Catholic Church and African-American pastors, fervently promised that legislators who supported same-sex marriage would be targeted for defeat in the 2014 elections. Those threats fell short.
City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times
The City Council’s handpicked inspector general came under fire Monday for allowing his chief-of-staff to take a leave of absence to work on a political campaign — a move aldermanic critics say is illegal because city ordinance prohibits his employees from “engaging in any political activity."
State Sen. Kirk Dillard on Monday cast opponent Bruce Rauner as “out of touch” and unable to relate to working families after Rauner, referencing his personal wealth, told the Sun-Times that he was not part of the 1 percent of Americans but part of the “.01 percent.” Rauner made the comment at the same time he worked to distance himself as the Illinois version of failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
Rev. Michael Pfleger supports the positive aspects of Govenor Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. program at a press conference at St Sabina in Chicago. Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times
South Side activists denounced “cul-de-sac” critics Monday and called for more cash — not less — for anti-violence programs such as Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The Rev. Michael Pfleger and former state Sen. Alice Palmer were among those who appeared at a news conference at The Ark of St. Sabina in the Gresham neighborhood to support the now disbanded program that was assailed in a blistering audit last month and is now facing a steady drumbeat of negative headlines. Palmer, who helped manage the project in the South Shore neighborhood, defended the hiring of two gang members through the program there — only to have one wind up accused of the other’s murder.
Newly-appointed Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld on Monday sloughed off a speeding alderman’s demand for more and better signage to alert motorists to slow down while approaching speed cameras installed around schools and parks.
There's just eight days left before the March 18 primary battle. Last week's biggest surprise was news that state Sen. Kirk Dillard had doubled his projected share of primary voters, narrowing the once wide gap between him and frontrunner Bruce Rauner.
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