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Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speak before the General Assembly's Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Lawmaker puts Emanuel, McCarthy on the hot seat on crime issues

Mayor Rahm Emanuel rarely gets put on the political hot seat in a public setting. It almost never happens when the heat is turned up by a fellow politician.

Nanci Koschman has appealed a ruling that dimissed her civil rights lawsuit less than a month ago. | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times

Koschman mom appeals, pressing for answers in Daley nephew case

Nanci Koschman isn't giving up her fight to find out why Chicago police and Cook County prosecutors twice failed to charge a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley in the death of her only child.

Ex-Mayor Daley's firm profits from Lollapalooza's promoter's deal

Richard M. Daley was mayor when Chicago first agreed to turn over Grant Park for a summer weekend every year to three guys who all are named Charlie. Within a year of Daley’s last day in the mayor's office, the three Charlies would no longer enjoy the break they had been getting from paying local amusement taxes for their Lollapalooza music festival. Yet the relationship between their company, C3 Presents LLC, and the Daley family has endured and grown.

As Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis continues to ponder a run for mayor, CPS employees have been reminded that school district policy means that prohibits improper political activity on the job. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

CPS reminds employees of restrictions on political activity

As petitions began circulating to add the president of the Chicago Teachers Union to the mayoral ballot, the head of Chicago Public Schools reminded employees that engaging in improper political activity on the job could cost them their jobs.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speak before the General Assembly's Joint Criminal Justice Reform Committee on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel proposes softer statewide penalties for drug offenses

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel thinks his city's approach on marijuana citations should be tried statewide, but stats show Chicago's effort to decriminalize small amounts of drugs has been a bust.

Antonio Smith, 9, was shot to death in August in Chicago. | Family photo

Why was man accused of killing Antonio Smith, 9, on the street?

Derrick Allmon, 19, had already been convicted of “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member” and was on parole. He served 21 months of a three-year sentence and was released on electronic monitoring in August. According to prosecutors, Allmon was allowed to leave his home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maybe the authorities thought he would find a job or attend classes during those hours. That was obviously wishful thinking.

Robin Williams in 2005. | TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the shock of losing a popular actor and onetime neighbor. The news may have been about Williams, but Tengelsen’s thoughts turned to her brother, Dana.

Med pot license seekers: 'Cheech and Chong … to hedge fund guys'

Those hoping to cash in on the so-called Green Rush descended en masse on the Thompson Center Monday, the final day to apply for marijuana dispensary licenses under the state’s medical pot pilot program. Dozens were lined up when the doors were unlocked about 8:15 a.m. And from the moment state offices opened, the application counter was inundated with hundreds who plunked down a non-refundable $5,000-per-application fee and submitted staggering volumes of paperwork.


The police station at Canalport and Halsted, seen in 1952, where the old Scotland Yard detail was headquartered. | Sun-Times library

Reparations needed for some Burge torture victims: advocates

Two weeks before former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is scheduled to leave prison for a halfway house, advocates for victims of police torture are continuing to push for reparations for Burge torture victims who didn't get compensation through the courts.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left), shown at the reopening of the Red Line last year, wants proof that minority contractors aren't being left out of the work on the new 95th Street Station, which broke ground on Monday. | Sun-Times library

Rush demands jobs, contracts on CTA's 95th Street station project

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush demanded Monday that African-Americans share in the bounty generated by the rebuilding of the 95th Street station that — for now — marks the end of the CTA's Red Line. The project is expected to create about 700 jobs through roughly $240 million in contracts, and Rush said he's giving the CTA until Friday to commit to giving 35 to 40 percent of that to African-Americans.

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