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

Pro-Karen Lewis super PAC on the drawing board

Ethics report slams political hiring at IDOT under Blago, Quinn

SPRINGFIELD-A report by the state’s top ethics watchdog released Friday identified improper political hiring in the state transportation department under Gov. Pat Quinn and his imprisoned predecessor, Rod Blagojevich, that improperly denied "countless" legitimate job applicants positions in state government.

 

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.

Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Enough is enough: Another senseless child slaying in Chicago

Their names and faces are etched in our minds: Blair Holt; Hadiya Pendleton; Endia Martin; Shamiya Adams; Heaven Sutton; Tanaja Stokes; Starkesia Reed; Tsarina Powell; Jonylah Watkins. This time a 9-year-old is dead — shot multiple times in the backyard of an apartment building in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right) and his former vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive Thursday night at the Union League Club in Chicago, where Romney interviewed Ryan’s about his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Romney, Ryan together again to talk policy — and critique Obama

Onetime Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his former running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, reunited in Chicago on Thursday night in a rare joint appearance. The event, dubbed a Romney-moderated interview with Ryan about his new book, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea,” at the Union League Club of Chicago was instead a shared space for both men to voice their opinions — mostly criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis chats about the future on Aug. 7. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis’ union members can’t keep facts straight

The desk set . . .

Attention! Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, needs an eraser.

Off Message: Rahm and the Unions

Natash Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Mark Brown and Kristen Crowell to discuss Rahm Emanuel's relationship with unions, both the ones that support him and the ones that oppose him.

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 Teachers Union President Karen Lewis talks about her childhood, her father, the minimum wage, potholes and other topics Thursday night before nearly 100 people who packed into chicken restaurant Thursday night in the Little Village neighborhood. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis says dad seeded her populist platform

Sounding like a budding superhero trying to sell her origin story, possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis delved into her formative years Thursday night before nearly 100 people who had packed into a chicken restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood. On Saturdays, her father would take her for rides in his raggedy old Plymouth, which she called the “Flintstone car.” She joked that if you pulled up the floor mats, you could see the pavement. At age 7, on of those rides, her dad told her, “You get an education, you maintain your dignity and then you fight like hell to never let anyone take that away from you.”