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Cornelia Simms, 48 stands in her mother's apartment in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood. Simms serves as her mother, Dorothy Carter, caretaker five days a week. Simms doesn't qualify for public assistance, so she must work two jobs which pay her just above the minimum wage to get by. | Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times
Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago testifies Friday at City Council budget hearings. Photo by Fran Spielman
The Chicago Fire Department has hired 300 firefighters and 162 paramedics this year to reduce runaway overtime, but the hiring spree didn’t do a thing to bridge the racial divide in a department that has long been lily-white.
Thieves stole this barbecue pit last week from the parking lot at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Ashland, where it was used to cook special meals for the men participating in the substance abuse treatment program. Let's help get it back. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times
This is the first story I can remember ever writing about a stolen barbecue grill. But the Fat 50 Squared, I am assured, is no ordinary barbecue grill. Even to call it a grill is an insult.
WASHINGTON--Dr. Jill Biden stumps with Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., at a Northbrook deli on Monday, at an event designed to get out the female vote as Schneider battles former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill., Before the deli, Biden will also stop by a Democratic Party of Illinois office in Glenview with Schneider for a women's phone bank event.
Chicago Public Schools will formally issue a request for proposals in December for a new school to be put in the Dyett High School building at 555 E. 51st St. in Bronzeville. | File Photo
Phased out over the past few years to just 13 seniors, Dyett High School in Bronzeville will again be an open-enrollment high school, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday as it yielded to community pressure.
Ald. Scott Waguespack during a City Council meeting last year. File Photo. | Brian Jackson ~ Sun-Times
Bad-actor bars, 24-hour gas stations and convenience stores with shootings and fights outside every weekend. Late-night barber shops with gambling in the basement. Illegal bed & breakfast places. On Friday, Chicago aldermen vented their frustrations about those and other issues.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former city comptroller Amer Ahmad should be sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. | File photo
Amer Ahmad — a former top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who skipped bail and fled to Pakistan in April after pleading guilty to a kickback scheme he ran while he was Ohio's deputy state treasurer —should get 15 years in prison for "a remarkable abuse of office," the U.S. attorney's office in Columbus, Ohio, is urging a judge.
WASHINGTON — A new spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released on Friday, features first lady Michelle Obama urging folks to "let’s just get this done and vote for Pat Quinn," a message aimed at turning out the Democratic base vote: women, minorities and youths. Also Friday, feminist author and Democratic activist Gloria Steinem stumps for Quinn in Chicago at an event with female leaders.
Andrea Zopp (left) talks about charter schools at a panel discussion on school closings Thursday at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. At right is Linda Lenz, publisher of Chicago Catalyst, who was the moderator. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times
Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter 50 neighborhood schools.
Thousands of applicants wait in long lines to take the Chicago Police Department exam at McCormick Place in 2010. | Sun-Times file photo
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has established a long-term goal that might sound unthinkable for a city fresh from a hiring scandal that prompted years of oversight by a federal hiring monitor
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