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Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel to require city contractors pay higher wages

Patrick Daley Thompson — nephew of Richard M. and grandson of Richard J. — revealed last week that he will run for 11th Ward alderman. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

11th Ward's no shoo-in for a Daley anymore

Does a contentious Chicago City Council really want another Big Foot in City Hall? Is the 11th still your grandfather’s ward? Can progressives spoil the decades-long Daley party?

5 Seconds of Summer slips away, but O’Hare parking was cheap

There were 100 teenage girls crowded against a wall, facing a dozen Chicago and airport police. Waiting for a band. Five Seconds of Summer. One of the many vexing aspects of growing old is that band names mean nothing. Gibberish. I tried to go online and find out more, but O’Hare, unlike every coffee shop, charges $6.95 for Wi-Fi, except for a few travel sites. Which drives home just how unusual that $2 parking bargain truly is.

Emerald Society pipers march before the funeral of slain Chicago Police Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada at Holy Name Cathedral on Dec. 28, 2013. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

How Mayor Byrne helped Emerald Society start pipe band

The forgotten mayor: The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the Emerald Society of Illinois is prepared to pipe the music.

Richard J. Daley College, 7500 S. Pulaski in Chicago. | Sun-Times file photo

Ex-cop convicted of protecting crooks is back on public payroll

In 1990, Clarence Wilson was found guilty of taking bribes to protect drug dealers and other criminals while he was a Chicago cop. Wilson’s felony conviction — part of the so-called Wentworth police scandal — landed him a 3-1/2-year prison term, of which he served roughly two and a half years. But the case didn’t end public-sector employment for Wilson in the crime prevention arena.    

Cynthia M. Barnes. File Photo

Prostitute’s life, death messy — like trial of her accused killer

This was supposed to be the final chapter in my long-running saga on the death of homeless prostitute Cynthia Barnes with the conclusion of trial Friday for the man accused of killing her three years ago on the Southwest Side. But just as Barnes’ life and death were messy affairs, the trial also proved less than tidy with an unexpected delay mere minutes from the finish of closing arguments.

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Will Karen Lewis button down campaign with some history?

The blue button is back! Could the resurrection of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral blue campaign button . . . turn Mayor Rahm Emanuel red? Sneed is told a cache of blue buttons was delivered as a gift to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has yet to decide whether she will run for mayor.  The buttons are already being worn by some of her supporters, but are they soon to head to the street?

Mayor Jane Byrne gets her photo taken with her relatives after the dedication by the governor renaming the circle interchange to the Jane Byrne Interchange Friday afternoon at University of Illinois at Chicago campus. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Quinn: Jane Byrne Interchange 'right name for a coming together'

As thousands of Labor Day weekend travelers inch their way through the city’s expressways, they’ll notice a new group of signs posted at the circle interchange. The confluence of the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways and the Congress Parkway is now the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Retired Judge Patricia Brown Holmes talks about the new monument that pays tribute to some of those families affected by the 2009 scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery. 4400 W. 127th. Alsip, Il. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Officials tout Burr Oak Cemetery’s monument, renovation

The late Emmett Till’s cousin Ollie Gordon nearly choked up Friday as she stood on the grounds of Burr Oak Cemetery where Till’s remains are buried and where a grave reselling scandal had brought many to tears. But on this day, she felt some peace following the dedication of a memorial at the historic black cemetery.

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