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Beth Swanson (left), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff for education, has resigned. She is shown in 2011 at the 20th anniversary of After School Matters. With her are actress Joan Cusack and Jean-Claude Brizard, who was then CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Swanson eventually replaced Brizard at the bargaining table during a contentious 2012 teachers' strike. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Emanuel losing top education adviser

 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a city forum last month. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he’ll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, speaks at an event in 2013. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Rev. Pfleger wants guns banned from all archdiocese buildings

Sneed exclusive: The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the peacemaker priest who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has a new anti-gun target. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Pfleger, the firebrand pastor of one of the largest African-American Catholic congregations in Chicago, now wants guns banned from all buildings belonging to the archdiocese.

Chicago's lakefront museum campus, seen here from the pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Drive, will get a lot more congested when the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opens on a proposed site south of Soldier Field. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a group of experts to come up with ways to deal with the added traffic. | AP Photo

Emanuel wants plan to ease museum campus bottleneck

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked policy experts and lakefront stakeholders to propose “transportation enhancements” to ease a museum campus bottleneck that will get worse with construction of the Lucas

Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, pauses from campaigning Wednesday to practice meditation with children at Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th St., during a summer program focusing on healthful living, led by Troy Withers, center. File Photo by Sun-Times Media

Does ‘Amara Enyia’ ring a bell? It will.

Precious Quinn had never heard of the woman who walked into her drama class in the basement of the Austin Community Resource Center on Wednesday  and stood watching their scenes, then was introduced by teacher Arraon Hixson. “My name is Amara Enyia,” she began. “I live in East Garfield Park. I work in Austin. I met Arraon a few years ago. Arraon’s been doing this work in theater for years, I always respected, always enjoyed it, and I am running for mayor of the city of Chicago.”

Former Chicago Police officer Slawomir Plewa was fired in 2013 and is trying to get his job back. A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled that he will get another hearing before the Chicago Police Board, but the judge also put no restrictions on how the board could rule, so members could just vote to fire Plewa again. | Photo provided

Judge rules fired officer should get new police board hearing

An officer fired last year after being charged in connection with a scheme to plant evidence should get a new Chicago Police Board hearing, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday. But Judge Diane Larsen put no restrictions on the board, meaning it could simply vote to fire Slawomir Plewa again.

Jane Byrne, the day after winning the 1979 Democratic Primary for mayor. Sun-Times File Photo by Jim Klepitsch

Flashback Editorial: The day Jane Byrne beat the machine

The Chicago City Council this week named a park for former Mayor Jane Byrne. Read — or reread — this original Sun-Times editorial, first published on March 1, 1979, celebrating Byrne’s historic victory over the Chicago Democratic machine.

Beth Swanson (left), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff for education, has resigned. She is shown in 2011 at the 20th anniversary of After School Matters. With her are actress Joan Cusack and Jean-Claude Brizard, who was then CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Swanson eventually replaced Brizard at the bargaining table during a contentious 2012 teachers' strike. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Emanuel losing top education adviser

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is losing his point person to the Chicago Public Schools — the woman who played a pivotal role in negotiating an end to the 2012 teachers strike.

Colin Collette, left, and his partner Will Nifong in Rome, where they became engaged. | Photo courtesy of Will Nifong

Catholic choir director fired after same-sex engagement

Colin Collette’s heart went from racing from elation to worry when his same-sex partner of five years proposed last week in Rome on the scenic Bridge of Angels. A joyful moment he’ll never forget would soon cost him a job as director of worship at Holy Family church in Inverness.

Kathy Byrne. Photo by Sun-Times Media

Campaign to honor ‘trailblazer' Jane Byrne started here

It’s a go! It’s done! And it’s two months to the day since this column started a campaign to right a wrong: The city’s failure to honor the legacy of its only woman mayor — Jane M. Byrne. In a unanimous vote, the City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing Byrne, who served from 1979 to 1983, by renaming the Old Chicago Water Tower Park to the Mayor Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

 
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