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Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

 
Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Jitu Brown of KOCO, talks about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. outside of the Pope School 1826 N. Albany, in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. Brown, the national director for KOCO’s “Journey for Justice Alliance,” has been among the most vocal opponents of the plan to phase-out Dyett High School on the South Side.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks to the media after the Future of Chicago lecture series. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

He’s quiet and careful, but don’t count Garcia out in mayor race

I’m sure Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia’s name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, but I counted him out because he’s never really shown the ambition to be The Guy. But I’ll say this: If Garcia could somehow make it to a runoff and Chicagoans had an opportunity to take the measure of the man, he would have a chance.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday told a group of college students he received a flood of emails and calls requesting he run for mayor after Chicago Teachers Union President

Scene from a surveillance video of off-duty Chicago Cop Anthony Abbate beating a female bartender in 2007. File Photo.

IPRA working overtime to change its image, reduce backlog

The agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct has dramatically reduced its backlog of cases — and stepped up its community outreach — to erase the public perception that it is too cozy with the Chicago Police Department and too protective of rogue officers.

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Ald. Leslie Hairston may be in trouble with the law after she offered prizes to voters on her facebook, according to a FOX 32 report | (File photo) Al Podgorski / Chicago Sun-Times

Report: Ald. Hairston under investigation for voter raffle

Chicago Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) is under investigation by the Cook County State's Attorney for offering prizes to people if they vote, according to a FOX 32 News report.

From left to right, Russell Lewis, executive vice president and chief historian at the Chicago History Museum; Bob Hercules, co-executive producer of The School Project; and Victor M. Montañez, panelist, pose for a photo Tuesday, Oct, 28, after the "Chicago School Reform: Then & Now" panel at the Chicago History Museum. | Emily McFarlan Miller/Chicago Sun-Times

'Worst in the nation?' Project looks at issues in Chicago schools

A film premire and panel discussion Tuesday titled “Chicago School Reform: Then and Now” kicked off The School Project, a six-part documentary Web series created by a collaboration of Chicago filmmakers and live events running through April 2015. All are designed to promote community engagement around education policy.

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Bar group: Oust judge with ‘integrity’ and ‘distinguished’ career

Cook County Circuit Judge Thomas E. Flanagan is the ONE and ONLY judge the Chicago Bar Association believes should be voted off the bench this year.  What exactly has Flanagan done to deserve being singled out? That’s the question Flanagan and a lot of other people are asking.

 

 
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