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Steven Lesner, left, during a break from a Police Board hearing in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Sergeant fired over woman's death sues to get job back

In 2013, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional. When Bill de Blasio took the mayor’s office, he fulfilled his campaign promise by moving quickly to reform stop-and-frisk. But three weeks ago, de Blasio found himself defending his decision to dial down stop-and-frisk. | Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk

If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?

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Extra alarm over CPS preference in firefighter hiring

Mayor Rahm Emanuel barely caused a ripple of reaction two years ago when he announced Chicago Public School graduates would be given a leg up when applying for city jobs. But now that the city is preparing to take applications for firefighters for the first time in a decade, Emanuel’s “CPS preference” policy is sparking an outcry from some city residents who say it discriminates against graduates of Catholic and other private schools.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes part in a roundtable discussion Monday with small-business owners about his proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Small-business owners tell Emanuel they back minimum-wage hike

Progressive small-business owners in Chicago voiced their support Monday for raising the minimum wage, but most said the move would still cost them. They agreed that neither they nor their employees can live on minimum wage, especially if they live in Chicago, and that it’s essential to have “happy” employees. 

Teen girls need a little Zumba

Zumba is the perfect exercise for teenage girls. If I ran the world, Zumba would be a required part of their high school gym classes. If I had a teenage daughter (the good Lord spared some female that role), you can bet she’d be up there moving right alongside me and the rest of the class.

 

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.

Pallbearers load 11-year-old Shamiya Adams' casket onto a caisson following a funeral service at Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park on Saturday. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alderman knocks Emanuel for not attending Shamiya’s funeral

A West Side alderman criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday for failing to attend Saturday’s funeral for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, the latest innocent victim of Chicago’s never-ending gang violence.“He should have been there,” said Ald. Jason Ervin (28th).  Kelley Quinn, the mayor’s communications director, was taken aback by Ervin’s criticism. “The mayor spoke to Shamiya’s mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, during a visit last week and explained that he had longstanding plans with his son on Saturday,” Quinn wrote in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

 

States that didn't expand Medicaid are in the wrong

This week marks the 49th anniversary of two of the most important “big government” programs ever — Medicare and Medicaid.

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed these two critical health care programs into law. At the signing ceremony, LBJ handed the first two Medicare cards to former President Harry Truman, who had called for the program years before, and his wife, former first lady Bess Truman.

Ald. Edward Burke, chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance, hosts a public hearing last year. The committee is expected to approve a $1.2 million settlement in a police shooting case on Tuesday. File Photo. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

$1.2 million for family of H.S. sports star gunned down by police

Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer. The settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday and by the full Council on Wednesday, stems from the Sept. 11, 2009 shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris.

President Barack Obama speaks to participants of the Presidential Summit for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington, Monday, July 28, 2014, during a town hall meeting. | Getty Images

Obama: Female oppression crippling parts of Africa

President Barack Obama spoke out Monday against gender oppression in Africa that he said is "crippling" parts of the continent, urging young leaders there to empower women and eliminate traditions like female genital mutilation and violence against women.

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.

A state probe found State Fair Director Amy Bliefnick sought and accepted at least $540 in free beer tickets during the 2012 State Fair from the vendor in charge of beer sales. Bliefnick accepted at least 120 beer tickets from the vendor and gave them to state officials and her staff, as well as state fair volunteers and visitors, according to the report released Monday. | AP Photo

Ethics panel raps state fair directors for beer ticket freebies

SPRINGFIELD — Accepting free beer and overseeing either of Illinois’ two state fairs don’t mix. That was the conclusion of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, which Monday announced fines against the current and former managers of the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair for breaching the Illinois gift ban.