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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

 
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.

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.

 
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