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Off Message: Fioretti's mayoral prospects

Fresh off his announcement that he's running for mayor, Ald. Bob Fioretti stops by Off Message to talk with Natasha Korecki, Fran Spielman and Dan Mihalopoulos about why he's running, the hurdles he faces and how he plans to defeat Rahm Emanuel, $25 at a time.

John Crombie, owner of the Duke of Perth, works the North Side bar as Chicago Scots meet to watch the results of Scotland's vote on independence Thursday evening. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Chicago Scots gather as they await results of independence vote

John Crombie, 59, who has owned the Duke of Perth bar for 25 years, is a native of Dundee, Scotland. He hopes the people vote for independence. But he understands the sense of unity many Scottish people feel with England.

CTU report: Layoff of 468 custodians will add to filth at schools

“The $260 million CPS is contracted to pay Aramark is apparently not going to be used to staff sufficient numbers of school custodians,” the report said. “Some of that $260 million will be wasted on the purchase of Zamboni machines that cannot move from floor to floor in schools without sufficiently sized elevators.”

Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: 'Yes, I can do both jobs'

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn't see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor. "Yes, I can do both jobs," Lewis told E&O. "People act like I'm the only one in this office and that I do all these different things. We have a bargaining team of 75 people."

Let Common Core flourish in Illinois

Educators throughout Illinois have spent the past four years preparing for the new Common Core learning standards by developing curricula, adopting new textbooks and prepping themselves to teach challenging material. Yet just as Illinois is about to reap the rewards of this long planting season, some want to backpedal. This effort is led by the Chicago Teachers Union, which reversed its earlier support for these new standards.

Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) says Cook County Democratic Party chairman Joe Berrios had no right to put the party’s resources at the disposal of the mayor. | Sun-Times file photo

Munoz: Democratic Party effort to help Rahm premature

Not all Democratic committeemen in Chicago are happy that the Cook County Democratic Party is helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election effort. “The Cook County Democratic Party’s Chicago contingent has not voted to endorse anybody yet, and the party cannot circulate until there is an official endorsement,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd).

President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file

Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama

Determined to resurrect his plummeting support among African-American voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping plans to name a new, $60 million selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama.

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More than 1.3 million in Chicago metro area live in poverty

About 14 percent of people in the Chicago metropolitan area, or more than 1.3 million people, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. For children, the rate is significantly higher, with one in five living in poverty.

 
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