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Concept Schools offices in Des Plaines. | Dan Mihalopoulos/Sun-Times

CPS scraps South Side campus for controversial charter school

 
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 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.”

Maria Bucio, director of La Casa, in Pilsen in 2012 . File Photo. | John H. White~Sun-Times

College dorm in Pilsen says ‘hola’

Polo Briones got a reasonably priced alternative to campus housing when the senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago moved to La Casa, a college dormitory in Pilsen for students attending colleges all over the city. Two years ago I wrote about the opening of La Casa, the first dormitory of its kind in the U.S., designed to house 100 full-time college students spread throughout the city. I stopped by again this week for an update.

50,000 drivers need to claim money from idle I-Pass accounts

Within the next several weeks, 50,000 motorists with a total of $2.2 million in idle I-Pass accounts will get letters telling them to contact the Illinois Tollway by Oct. 1, or else their I-Pass account balances will be transferred to the state’s unclaimed property program, officials warned Thursday.

Defense attorney Beau Brindley is accused in a federal indictment of coaching a witness to commit perjury in a drug case. | Sun-Times File Photo

Rising star defense lawyer charged with obstruction in drug case

Just two years ago, lawyer Beau Brindley stood at one of the peaks of his brilliant young career — representing drug dealer Alexander Vasquez in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But on Thursday, Brindley’s status as a rising star of Chicago’s criminal defense bar took a severe blow when he was federally indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in Vasquez’s case.

A drawing of the indoor sports complex planned for 103rd and Woodlawn in the Pullman neighborhood. | Courtesy of Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives

Plan Commission approves year-round sports complex in Pullman

The Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday approved the Pullman Community Center, an indoor sports facility proposed for 103rd and Woodlawn; it’s expected to include three artificial-turf fields that can be used for either baseball, football or soccer. Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) called it a “game-changer” for South Side sports.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced details of Illinois' share of a massive settlement. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times

Bank of America settles mortgage securities case for $16.65B

The government has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with Bank of America over its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel participate in a Divvy bike neighborhood tour in October as part of Chicago Ideas Week. | Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times Media

Emanuel's plan to expand Divvy bike-sharing hits a speed bump

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to make Chicago’s Divvy bike-sharing program the largest in North America — with 4,750 bikes and 475 stations in 31 wards — has hit another speed bump.

 
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