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Important safety gear, such as breathing apparatus, is being removed from Chicago ambulances, putting paramedics and the public at risk, firefighters say. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ambulance changes put paramedics and Chicago public at risk

 

Quinn kicks off work on first Chicago veterans’ home

Flanked by veterans and elected officials, Gov. Pat Quinn broke ground Sunday on what will be the first assisted-living home in Chicago for military veterans. When completed in 2016, the five-story, $70.5 million facility on the city’s Northwest Side will house about 200 veterans.

Before her stint with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (left), Colleen Haran worked as a legislative aide from 1990 to 2007 for the City Council’s Committee on Finance, which is run by Ald. Ed Burke (14th), according to documents obtained from the sheriff’s office and interviews. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Clout-heavy assistant to Sheriff Dart can't keep track of time

Collen Haran, 43, resigned in advance of being fired for alleged time theft – changing her attendance records to reflect that she was working when she really wasn’t, according to records the Better Government Association obtained from the sheriff’s office under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Even with crime and taxes that Chicagoans rate as "one of the worst" in the nation, residents aren't ready to pack up and leave. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

If money was no object, where would Chicagoans live?

Despite the fact that about three-quarters of Chicagoans rate the metropolitan area as “one of the worst” in the country in terms of crime and tax rates, a majority would still live here if money was no object.

Important safety gear, such as breathing apparatus, is being removed from Chicago ambulances, putting paramedics and the public at risk, firefighters say. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ambulance changes put paramedics and Chicago public at risk

Self-contained breathing apparatus are being removed from all 75 Chicago ambulance, and about 70 paramedics graduating Sunday will not be issued fire helmets, boots and protective clothing, known as bunker gear, that are standard issue for firefighters. Without breathing masks and oxygen tanks, veteran paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice said paramedics will no longer be able to go into a burning high-rise--or subway after a derailment, collision or explosion--to rescue victims or firefighters in distress.

Josh Rutherford, owner of Smoke Daddy, stands near the smoker in his Wicker Park restaurant. | Jessica Koscielniak/Chicago Sun-Times

Faces of minimum wage: Restaurant owner weighs pay, fairness

Josh Rutherford got a $6.25 an hour job washing dishes at Chili’s restaurant his first year at Purdue University. When he graduated four years later, he was making $9.25 an hour running running its kitchen. Now the 38-year-old and his business partners, as Four Star Restaurant Group, own seven restaurants.

Ald. Bob Fioretti, shown working the crowd at last weekend's Mexican Independence Day parade, may be a longshot for mayor, but he could force a runoff, some observers say. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

ANALYSIS: Fioretti a longshot for mayor, but could force run-off

Ald. Bob Fioretti is facing an uphill battle against Mayor Rahm Emanuel , but don’t count Fioretti out. If Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis joins Fioretti in challenging the unpopular incumbent, it could make it more difficult for Emanuel to get the 50 percent-plus-one votes he needs to avoid a runoff.

Jimmy Fallon will be a little drier when he brings the 'Tonight Show' to Chicago than when he participated in the city's Polar Plunge in March. | AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Fallon keeps deal with Emanuel, brings 'Tonight Show' to Chicago

'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon told Mayor Rahm Emanuel he'd bring the Tonight Show' to Chicago if the city's students hit the books. They did, and he will.

A Metra commuter crosses over snow drifts on the tracks at 159th Station last year in Oak Forest. File Photo. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

The hidden link twixt rail safety and Byron

Metra tries not to kill its customers. It really does. Say what you will about our commuter rail service: its jaw-dropping top-level mismanagement, creaky equipment and seasonal surprise at finding itself once again in a cold climate. But when it comes to sparing the hectic, harried, charmless lives of the commuters who travel its length, Metra is outstanding. 

 

 
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