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John Thomas leaves the Dirksen Federal Building last week after being indicted for allegedly stealing $370,000 from the Village of Riverdale in tax increment financing funds connected to the development of Riverdale Marina. File Photo.| Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-government mole rips suburb for accusing him of TIF scam

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks about stronger gun laws at the police station at 51st & Wentworth on April 14. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

A/C in city schools could help cool summer violence

Memo to detractors giving Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to provide air conditioning for every Chicago Public School classroom the cold shoulder: Ya gotta be kidding! It’s too expensive, you say? What price does one put on the life of a child when hot weather fuels violence? What price is too high to for preventing a child from getting killed?

Rand Paul swims in the muddle

It is hard to see Rand Paul surviving the modern-day presidential primary meat grinder of debate after debate with a campaign based on platitudes.

From left, Ald. Latasha Thomas (17th) and Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) at a Chicago City Council meeting earlier this month. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garbage collection fee to help fix pension mess proposed

On Wednesday, Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) joined the desperate search for less painful alternatives to the mayor's proposed property tax hike — and found one by resurrecting the idea of a monthly fee for garbage collection.

House Minority Leader Jim Durkin, left, and Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno discussed the current legislative session with the Sun-Times Editorial Board on Tuesday. File Photo.| Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Rauner embraces Radogno, Durkin term-limit plan for governor

SPRINGFIELD-Republican Bruce Rauner offered his imprimatur Wednesday to a new term-limits proposal from GOP House and Senate leaders to limit the tenure of the governor and other statewide officeholders, but Senate Democrats gave the plan a cold shoulder.

Clean Energy: A Very Chicago Enterprise

Earlier this month I attended the Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Challenge, where teams of entrepreneurial students pitched a series of ideas that could set the world on a better path by using the free market to attack serious problems looming

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno with House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Loss of Illinois residents worries legislative leader

Are too many people moving out of Illinois? This week, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno said there are.

Chicago hosts White House working families conference on Monday

WASHINGTON--The White House hosts a conference on working families in Chicago on Monday, featuring a cast of Chicagoans-- White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; First Lady Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, in her role as White House Council on Women and Girls Executive Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill.

The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza (pictured) would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs. | Sun-Times files

City council poised to raise fines for registering cars in burbs

The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza and advanced by the License Committee would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs.

Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) | Sun-Times file photo

Reilly pushes tightening noose on 'worst actors' in valet parking

Chicago would throw the book at the “worst actors” in the valet parking industry — companies that operate without a license and those using counterfeit pay-and-display parking receipts — under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from right) talks with President Barack Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. | Getty Images

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

TOKYO — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.