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Ald. John Pope (10th, left) with Thomas J. Sadzak, who works for the alderman despite being on the city's "do-not-hire" list.

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks last week during a rally at Jackie Robinson Park to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars' national championship in the Little League World Series. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Jackie Robinson West did hard part, now it’s up to the rest of us

The story of Jackie Robinson West is also a reminder that a systemic problem in any of Chicago’s neighborhoods — violence, poverty, failing schools or homelessness — is a problem in our own. It’s something the politicians at Jackie Robinson West’s victory rally should remember, too: The victories of our youth come only when we take the steps necessary to prevent the losses.

Parents, let go of that leash

There’s a lot of chatter about policies banning cellphones and other electronics at many away camps. It’s not the kids who are bothered by the cellphone rule; they’re too busy having fun, making new friends. It’s the parents. They just can’t let go.

Dr. Jeffrey Cilley, General Oncologist at Swedish Covenant Hospital. | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times Media

Why the U.S. faces a doctor shortage

BY FIVE LEADING ILLINOIS DOCTORS: The U.S. population has surged by 40 million people, but there has been no growth in the publically funded resident training pipeline. Thus, the ratio of doctors serving patients has shrunk significantly, often leading to long waits for medical care or even a lack of access to physicians in some communities.

Ald. John Pope (10th, left) with Thomas J. Sadzak, who works for the alderman despite being on the city's "do-not-hire" list.

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

THE WATCHDOGS: Why did Ald. John Pope (10th) hire a man who had quit his job at the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation as he was about to be fired over sexual harassment allegations leveled by a female laborer who said the man threatened to rape her if she didn’t stop complaining about him? Pope won’t say. The woman, who got a $99,000 settlement from the city, isn’t surprised the man landed another city job: “I don’t think he should be working for the city, but that’s the way politics are.”

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.

CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (right) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Brian Jackson

Drop CPS’ reform strategy; neighborhood schools best charters

New data shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s school reform policy isn’t working: Traditional public school students learned far more in one year than charter school students did. It’s time to end this failed CPS policy. Stop diverting money from neighborhood schools to charters.  

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.    

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