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Ald. Rey Colon (35th) on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances of his DUI arrest last week on the Eisenhower Expressway. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

Ald. Rey Colon arrested on Eisenhower Expressway; accused of DUI

Kathy Byrne (left), daughter of former Mayor Jane Byrne, holds up her mother's autobiography while she testified Tuesday morning during a Chicago City Council Committee on Finance meeting. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Proposal to rename plaza after ex-Mayor Jane Byrne advances

The City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved recommending renaming the plaza on which the Old Chicago Water Tower sits as the Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

Chicago cop wins $540K suit vs. sergeant accused of taunting him

Officer Detlef Sommerfield sued the city and his former boss, Sgt. Lawrence C. Knasiak, in 2008, accusing Knasiak of taunting him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks, according to a federal court complaint. On Monday, a federal jury awarded $540,000 to Sommerfield.

Pro-Israeli demonstrators aim their signs at the pro-Palestinian supporters across from 100 West Randolph Street on Monday afternoon in Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Supporters of Israel and Palestinian backers speak out at rallies

Supporters of Israel and Palestinian backers squared off on opposite sides of a downtown street Monday, pointing fingers about who’s to blame for ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip. Hundreds packed the square outside the Thompson Center, waving Israeli flags while public speakers condemned Hamas, the militant Palestinian faction in control of Gaza that has called for the destruction of Israel. 

In 2013, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional. When Bill de Blasio took the mayor’s office, he fulfilled his campaign promise by moving quickly to reform stop-and-frisk. But three weeks ago, de Blasio found himself defending his decision to dial down stop-and-frisk. | Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk

If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?

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Extra alarm over CPS preference in firefighter hiring

Mayor Rahm Emanuel barely caused a ripple of reaction two years ago when he announced Chicago Public School graduates would be given a leg up when applying for city jobs. But now that the city is preparing to take applications for firefighters for the first time in a decade, Emanuel’s “CPS preference” policy is sparking an outcry from some city residents who say it discriminates against graduates of Catholic and other private schools.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes part in a roundtable discussion Monday with small-business owners about his proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Small-business owners tell Emanuel they back minimum-wage hike

Progressive small-business owners in Chicago voiced their support Monday for raising the minimum wage, but most said the move would still cost them. They agreed that neither they nor their employees can live on minimum wage, especially if they live in Chicago, and that it’s essential to have “happy” employees. 

Steven Lesner, left, during a break from a Police Board hearing in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Sergeant fired over woman's death sues to get job back

A Chicago Police sergeant fired this month over the 2009 death of woman he says shot herself with his gun while the two drank together inside her apartment sued the city Monday to try to get his job back. Steven E. Lesner, 48, called the Chicago Police Board’s July 17 decision to fire him “clearly erroneous” in his three-page complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court. 


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Three DUI arrests, revoked license — still on sheriff's payroll

He’s had a revoked driver’s license for more than 20 years. He’s been convicted twice of DUI. And he’s facing trial for his third DUI — accused of driving drunk with his 14-year-old daughter in the car — in the same Skokie courthouse where he works for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. He’s Alberto Aguirre, 57, a former Cook County sheriff’s deputy who has lost his power to make arrests and carry a gun. What he hasn’t lost is his $70,500 a year job. And he’s just 11 months shy of retirement. 

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