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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

 
Antonio Smith, 9, was shot to death in August in Chicago. | Family photo

Why was man accused of killing Antonio Smith, 9, on the street?

Derrick Allmon, 19, had already been convicted for “aggravated unlawful use of a weapon by a gang member” and was on parole. He served 21 months of a three-year sentence and was released on electronic monitoring in August. According to prosecutors, Allmon was allowed to leave his home between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Maybe the authorities thought he would find a job or attend classes during those hours. That was obviously wishful thinking.

Robin Williams in 2005. AFP PHOTO / FILES / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the shock of losing a popular actor and one-time neighbor. The news may have been about Williams, but Tengelsen’s thoughts turned to her brother, Dana.

Attorneys Colin O'Donovan, left, and Mark Huddle, right front, stand with their 25 boxes of paperwork, to apply for five medical marijuana dispensaries, at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on Monday. | Photo by Chandler West

Med pot license seekers: 'Cheech and Chong … to hedge fund guys'

Those hoping to cash in on the so-called Green Rush descended en-masse on the Thompson Center Monday, the final day to apply for marijuana dispensary licenses under the state’s medical pot pilot program. Dozens were lined up when the doors were unlocked about 8:15 a.m. And from the moment state offices opened, the application counter was inundated with hundreds who plunked down a non-refundable $5,000 per-application fee and submitted staggering volumes of paperwork.

 

The police station at Canalport and Halsted, seen in 1952, where the old Scotland Yard detail was headquartered. (Sun-Times Library)

Reparations needed for some Burge torture victims: advocates

Two weeks before former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is scheduled to leave prison for a halfway house, advocates for victims of police torture are continuing to push for reparations for Burge torture victims who didn't get compensation through the courts.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left), shown at the reopening of the Red Line last year, wants proof that minority contractors aren't being left out of the work on the new 95th Street Station, which broke ground on Monday. | Sun-Times library

Rush demands jobs, contracts on CTA's 95th Street station project

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush demanded Monday that African-Americans share in the bounty generated by the rebuilding of the 95th Street station that — for now — marks the end of the CTA's Red Line. The project is expected to create about 700 jobs through roughly $240 million in contracts, and Rush said he's giving the CTA until Friday to commit to giving 35 to 40 percent of that to African-Americans.

Troubled UNO brings in three ex-Rahm hands

THE WATCHDOGS: The clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization — facing federal scrutiny and a power struggle that threatens its funding — has brought in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former communications director and two lawyers who helped keep Emanuel on the ballot in 2011.

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Sept. 13 announcement of his candidacy marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 mayoral campaign. | AP file

Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango

Fioretti can’t take City Hall on his own. Right now, his standing in the mayor's race is limited to his old base and hyperactive progressives who will take “Anybody but Rahm.” Fioretti could raise $3 million-plus. Count on Emanuel to pull in $20 million-plus. If it’s mano a mano, it’s over. Fioretti needs another contender: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett at a Chicago Board of Education meeting last month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

CPS hiding records from the BGA and you

So what happens when children don’t follow the rules at school — when they’re unruly, disruptive or underachieving? The response may include detentions, uncomfortable visits to the school office, or the specter of losing access to sports and other extra-curricular activities. The point is: Kids know there are consequences for bad behavior, and school officials understand their jobs include socializing children along with educating them. So it’s worth noting the disconnect and, yes, even hypocrisy, in Chicago’s public schools, where officials regularly and blatantly ignore legal requirements, including state law, when it comes to complying with document requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

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.

 
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