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City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City Council IG goes to court to force city to pay him

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) slammed city Inspector General Faisal Khan for suing the council to get more money for his office. "Where does he think the money falls from?" asked Austin, chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee.

Aldermen ridicule their inspector general for suing them

The always outspoken chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee had some choice and colorful words for Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan Wednesday for filing a lawsuit that seeks to compel the cash-strapped city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term.

Rosalyn Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock College Preparatory High School, speaks during a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposal to convert Hancock into a selective enrollment school. She says the “unilateral decision” disregarded community input. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before vote on Hancock school conversion

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input. 

School Board President David Vitale said the private donations, $11 million of them already in the bank, will be used to purchase musical instruments, cameras and scripts and fund “new assessment systems to track student learning in the arts.” | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Private donors contribute $11 million to fund arts in schools

Private donors have contributed $11 million to help tide the Chicago Public Schools over until the cash-strapped system can find the money to bankroll Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to put arts education in every school.

City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City Council IG goes to court to force city to pay him

The political power struggle between Chicago aldermen and a handpicked inspector general many aldermen accuse of overstepping his bounds boiled over into Circuit Court Tuesday.

Tom Tyrrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools said several shuttered schools will be put on the market. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CPS to announce the first sale of a shuttered school

Chicago Public Schools will announce on Wednesday the first sale of the 47 school campuses it shuttered in a massive 2013 closing — selling Peabody Elementary School on the near Northwest Side for about $3.5 million, district officials confirmed Tuesday.

From Jan. 1 through Oct. 8, $387,928 was paid out to 1,302 motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes as far back as 2008. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Motorists file 5,179 vehicle damage claims tied to potholes

Chicago motorists filed 5,179 vehicle damage claims “specific to potholes” this year — an avalanche twice as large as the last four years combined — thanks to the road remnants of a brutal winter that wouldn’t quit, the city clerk disclosed Tuesday.

City Clerk Susana Mendoza talks to Ald. "Proco" Joe Moreno (1st) during a break in her testimony at City-Council budget hearings Tuesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Clerk wants strong tools to go after hard core sticker scofflaws

City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Tuesday she needs “strong tools” — including authority to send tickets by mail that count toward the Denver boot — to go after the “hard core” of 150,000 motorists who don't purchase city vehicle stickers.

Outgoing city treasurer Stephanie Neely said she was "amused" that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner had tried to make her departure an issue in his campaign. | Sun-Times library

Tearful city treasurer addresses aldermen for final time

Retiring City Treasurer Stephanie Neely dissolved into tears Tuesday as she took her eighth and final turn on the hot seat at City Council budget hearings.

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