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Artist rendering of proposed development complex.

China's second-richest man to build third-tallest building


Playing for dollars and smiles at O'Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. For three years Middleton has played at O’Hare. “I don’t get rich but it sure helps out,” she said of being a street musician. “I’m happy anytime anyone gives me anything, even a penny.”

Mayor Rahm Emanuel argued that he had no choice but to raise employee contributions by 29 percent and sharply reduce cost-of-living benefits. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel hopeful his pension plan will survive legal challenge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday he’s hopeful his plan to save the Municipal Employees pension fund will survive a legal challenge where the state’s plan couldn’t and said city retirees will be far better off if he’s right.

Artist rendering of proposed development complex.

China's second-richest man to build third-tallest building

An 88-story hotel, condominium and retail complex known as Wanda Vista would take its place behind Willis and Trump towers as Chicago’s third-tallest building, under a $900 million deal that was sealed Thursday and involves the second-richest man in China.

Peoples Stadium Parking has been parking cars on city-owned land just east of the United Center. This lot in the 1700 block of West Madison contains two parcels owned by the city. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Emanuel halts private parking on city lots near United Center

THE WATCHDOGS: For nearly 20 years, three politically connected companies have been using city-owned property, without paying rent or property taxes on the land, to park cars in the shadows of the United Center.

David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, talks with Andrea L. Zopp, a board member, at the Board of Education meeting in their new headquarters at 42 W. Madison in Chicago on December 17, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

CPS move may have cost more than estimated

At the Chicago Board of Education’s first meeting in new Chicago Public School facilities at State and Madison, where smells of fresh paint lingered, board President David Vitale opened the proceedings with a welcome and a reminder: “After 20-plus years at 125 S. Clark, our new home here definitely has a new look and feel,” Vitale told the crowd in smaller new board chambers.

Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46, owner of 90 Miles Cuban Cafe, and his father Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, who's visiting from West Palm Beach, Florida, talk about President Barack Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. | Tina Sfondeles/Sun-Times

Chicago Cubans cautious yet hopeful about historic policy shift

Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46,  has owned 90 Miles Cuban Café, a popular Logan Square restaurant, along with another in Roscoe Village, for seven years. His father, Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, was visiting from Florida when he heard the news that President Barack Obama is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing some travel and economic sanctions. “It’s the right step in the right directions," Gonzalez Sr. said Wednesday. 

The appointment of former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) to lead become the Chicago City Council's first-ever financial analyst — at a salary of $107,000 a year — has been stalled in an aldermanic power struggle. | Sun-Times Library

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

A reform measure to create the office of City Council Financial Analyst is stuck in the mud because of a stalemate over the proposed candidate for the job, former independent Ald. Helen Shiller, who is opposed by Ald. Ameya Pawar but supported by Ald. Carrie Austin.

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