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Michelle Obama headlines Chicago fundraiser today

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presides over a Cook County Board Meeting in May. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

County commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor

Turning a popular political saying on its side, a majority of Cook County commissioners on Wednesday were against it before they were for it.

Near North Commander William Dunn talks to a mayoral staffer during Thursday's City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crackdown on graffiti. Dunn told the council's Public Safety Committee that it is very hard to catch graffiti vandals in the act. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on graffiti "cancer" by doubling fines

Chicago aldermen know they're probably fighting a losing battle against graffiti, considering that the perpetrators are hard to catch, but they're trying anyway. On Thursday, the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to raise fines that can be levied against the vandals and even impose fines and their guardians.

Ken Griffin with his wife, Anne Dias Griffin | File photo

Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief of Citadel, files for divorce

Billionaire Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a hedge fund and financial services firm based in Chicago, has filed for divorce from his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, a hedge-fund executive from France. Griffen also recently made news for his record-breaking $2.5 million contribution to Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign.

The Willis Clan performs on Wednesday's episode of "America's Got Talent." | NBC photo

Willis Clan moves on to next round of ‘America’s Got Talent'

After Wednesday night's show, the Willis Clan got the go-ahead from "America's Got Talent" judges to move on to the next round at Radio City Music Hall. Performers are vying for a $1 million prize. The Willis Clan will appear on the show again on Tuesday, performing live from the storied New York City theater.

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Ald. Cappleman figures he has license to act this way

This has been quite a week for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) LCSW. If you don’t know, LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker, which is Cappleman’s profession by training, as he always makes sure to remind everyone. Cappleman brought it up again Wednesday while explaining why he opposes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed moratorium on redeveloping or demolishing the city’s dwindling supply of single-room occupancy and residential hotels.

Ald. Pat Dowell chats with Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS closes last electrical training program for students

Chicago Public Schools said its closed its last electrical training program for lack of student interest but a South Side alderman is joining growing efforts to revive it.

John Thomas leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in April. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Con man: Let me out of prison to fix mess from crime I committed

Serial con man John Thomas has been locked up for two months since he pleaded guilty to a $370,000 scam that ripped off Riverdale taxpayers and left the south suburb’s blighted marina in ruins. But now the 52-year-old former federal mole and real estate developer says he’s the only person who can fix the mess he made — so he’s asking a judge to temporarily release him from prison.

Enaam Arnaout, head of the Chicago-based Islamic charity Benevolence International Foundation, is shown in this undated photo distributed by the U.S. government. | File photo.

Alleged bin Laden associate should lose citizenship, U.S. says

A southwest suburban used car salesman and former Muslim charity leader who was an alleged associate of Osama bin Laden should be stripped of his U.S. citizenship, the feds say.

Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) at a Chicago City Council meeting in May. File Photo| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on stolen cell phones

Chicago Police would have another tool to track cell phone thefts that account for 30 percent of all thefts citywide, under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

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