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Jack and Marty Higgins with Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2005. File Photo by Scott Stewart/Sun-Times

Daley pal gets lucrative development deal — despite unpaid taxes

Disabilities-rights group blasts proposed CPS budget

On the eve of the approval of Chicago Public Schools’ $5.76 billion budget for 2015, a disabilities-rights group denounced the budget on Tuesday as unsustainable, even though the district wants to increasing its spending on special education.

Ald. Will Burns during a City Council meeting in April. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy program into closed school

In spite of promises made by the Chicago Public Schools chief not to put schools into buildings shuttered for being underused, CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy’s special academic program into the vacant Canter Middle school building.

Democrats to unveil $2.7 billion bill on alien children

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday circulated legislation to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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The steep climb in racial disparity behind bars

Are black men in any better position now in the 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? No, and it's not even close, based on research from University of Chicago economists Derek Neal and Armin Rick.

 

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.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the Chicago City Council's budget committee, is worried about people who end up on the do-not-hire list after they are accused, but who then find it hard to have their names removed if they are acquitted or charges are dropped. She says the removal process shouldn't take so long. | Sun-Times File Photo

Aldermen embrace do-not-hire list in post-Shakman era

Chicago aldermen have agreed to follow a "do-not-hire" list, as long recommended by a federal monitor. The list would show people who, because of past misconduct, are banned from city employment.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., along with others, are pressing President Barack Obama to put harsh sanctions on Russia. | AP file photo

Top senators push for harsh sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON — Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.

Jim Franczek (left), the city's chief labor negotiator, talks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader, Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), after Tuesday's committee vote ratifying a new $80 million contract that will give firefighters and paramedics an 11 percent pay raise over five years. (Photo by Fran Spielman)​

Council panel ratifies $80 million firefighters contract

Chicago firefighters will get $32 million in back pay within 75 days—and the city will get a dramatic upgrade in ambulance care — under a five-year contract advanced Tuesday that opens the door to even higher pay raises.

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.