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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former city comptroller Amer Ahmad should be sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. | File Photo

Feds say Emanuel's former comptroller deserves 15-year sentence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former city comptroller Amer Ahmad should be sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. | File Photo

Feds say Emanuel's former comptroller deserves 15-year sentence

Amer Ahmad — 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 — deserves the hefty sentence for "a remarkable abuse of office," the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbus, Ohio wrote in a sentencing memo filed late Thursday.

Michelle Obama in new spot for Quinn as Steinem stumps for gov

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

At school closing panel, board acknowledges more planning needed

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

Emanuel sets long-term goal of electronic testing for city jobs

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

Divvy bikes await riders under newly fallen snow at Franklin and Wacker in April. File Photo by Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path

Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists,  malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes. 


The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving the Quinn campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference in December 2012 to talk about new vehicles arriving at police districts citywide. A new police contract commits the city to buying 400 more vehicles by Dec. 31. I Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Top mayoral aide confronts shortage of police vehicles head-on

The newly-ratified police contract commits the city to buying 400 new police vehicles by Dec. 31 and 200 year for the duration of the five-year agreement.

"I had horrible luck on this one," Fleet and Facilities Management Commissioner David Reynolds said after a cockroach was spotted in the City Council chambers during his budget testimony on Thursday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Mayoral aide 'mortified' by giant cockroach in Council chambers

"The timing is ironic" said David Reynolds, Fleet and Facilities Management commissioner, after the bug was spotted during his testimony at a budget hearing on Thursday.

Martin O'Malley leaves the Dirksen Federal Building after his arraignment in September. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Key player in red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty

Martin O'Malley — a key player in Chicago's red light camera scandal involving Redflex Traffic Systems — plans to plead guilty in December, according to court records filed Wednesday.

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