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President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file

Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama

Determined to resurrect his plummeting support among African-American voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping plans to name a new, $60 million selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama.


More than 1.3 million in Chicago metro area live in poverty

About 14 percent of people in the Chicago metropolitan area, or more than 1.3 million people, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. For children, the rate is significantly higher, with one in five living in poverty.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new ordinance, which is expected to be introduced to the City Council next month, would ensure that huge new signs will not spoil Chicago’s downtown Riverwalk area. “Look. My sign is wonderful,” Donald Trump said. “It’s iconic. It’s Chicago’s Hollywood sign. We did a poll and 64 percent of the people love it. Everybody stops to snap pictures of it.” | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Trump has no beef with Rahm, glad his sign will be one-of-a-kind

“The mayor’s new sign ordinance will ensure nobody else will have a sign like mine,” Donald Trump said. “Isn’t that what everybody would want?”

People protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson last month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Ferguson controversy prompts protests in Chicago shootings

There is no doubt in Tamara Ball’s mind her son was murdered during a confrontation with Chicago police officers in July. Ball, the biological mother of 16-year-old Warren Robinson, claims witnesses saw him with his hands in the air before he was fatally shot. But Police said the teen crawled from under a car and pointed a .387 caliber semiautomatic pistol at two police officers.

In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting

State Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman, lawyers for a South Side man allege. And C. Gregory Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. Turner is due to stand trial later this month for illegally lobbying on behalf of Zimbabwean president and international pariah Robert Mugabe.

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to tighten the ordinance governing signs along Michigan Avenue to encourage understated signs like this one. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Reilly wants classier, more subtle signs along Michigan Ave.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to raise the aesthetic bar for the special sign district already established along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road.

Salim Ucan, Concept Schools vice president, said the Des Plaines-based charter-school operator “will definitely look into" new misconduct allegations involving two of its schools in Ohio.

Ohio adds 2 schools run by Des Plaines' Concept chain to probe

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Trump happy over Emanuel crackdown on signs

After a clash of giant egos, developer Donald Trump on Wednesday got the last laugh in his sign war with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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