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Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

 
Neil Steinberg and Adina Aaron, who plays Bess in the upcoming "Porgy and Bess" at the Lyric Opera House. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

‘Porgy’ star: Opera is fini if fat lady keeps singing

The good news is: advertising works. Ever since the newspaper started running an ad (Page 27 today) promoting our Sun-Times Goes to the Lyric contest, people who never brought up the subject before are asking me about opera. Another surprisingly common reader reaction is succinctly stated by Bill Anders: “I think it is wrong not to give some attribution in the ad to the lovely woman you stand next to. She is not identified.”

Obama in Chicago: On Ferguson, Immigration. Transcript

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago on Tuesday to make another plea for calm in Ferguson and to sell the immigration executive orders. Below is a transcript of his remarks, including replies to people in the audience shouting complaints about deportations.

Luis Rivera, 30, said he came home this weekend to find his apartment at 2022 S. Throop empty--one of numerous tenants victimized by questionable tactics from a landlord faced with a court order to vacate the building. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

City needs to put its house in order in protecting tenants

In an all-too-familiar scenario, tenants of a Pilsen apartment building walked into court Tuesday freaked about a judge’s order to vacate their apartments by the end of the day — a piece of bad news most had only recently learned. Their surprise was compounded upon learning that their landlord had been instructed in September to empty the building.

Last year at the City Club of Chicago luncheon, CTA President Forrest Claypool explains that the company installing the Ventra electronic cards, Cubic Transportation Systems, will not receive payment until it meets certain criteria set by the CTA. Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media.

Nothing but good vibes between Rahm, Claypool a year after Ventra

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTA President Forrest Claypool heaped praise on each other Tuesday during an appearance before the City Club of Chicago.

A woman interrupts President Barack Obama's comments at the Copernicus Center on the Northwest Side after Obama met with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

President Obama on heckling: 'It's good to be back in Chicago'

President Barack Obama made time during his Chicago visit Tuesday to talk about the volatile situation in Ferguson, Missouri — but it was his planned comments about immigration that sparked the most passion. The president was interrupted for about five minutes by a couple of very vocal hecklers yelling criticism and questions at him at the Copernicus Center on the Northwest Side.

Patrick Daley Thompson near the State Street bridge over the Chicago River in 2011. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Deja who? Some names in next year's ward races could ring a bell

It’s among the most memorable lines in a book full of spot-on observations: “A Chicago Rip Van Winkle could awaken to the political news columns and, reading the names, think that time had stood still.” Forty-three years have passed since Mike Royko’s “Boss” described the era of Mayor Richard J. Daley. But familiar names again popped up on the new list of candidates for the City Council in the February election.

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations. 

 
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