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City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City Council IG goes to court to force city to pay him

Rosalyn Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock College Preparatory High School, speaks during a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposal to convert Hancock into a selective enrollment school. She says the “unilateral decision” disregarded community input. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before vote on Hancock school conversion

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input. Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock, isn’t the only one questioning CPS, just hours before the Board of Education is set to vote on the potential change. The vote was placed on the board’s agenda on Monday and requires a public hearing.

City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City Council IG goes to court to force city to pay him

The political power struggle between Chicago aldermen and a handpicked inspector general many aldermen accuse of overstepping his bounds boiled over into Circuit Court Tuesday.

From Jan. 1 through Oct. 8, $387,928 was paid out to 1,302 motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes as far back as 2008. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Motorists file 5,179 vehicle damage claims tied to potholes

Chicago motorists filed 5,179 vehicle damage claims “specific to potholes” this year — an avalanche twice as large as the last four years combined — thanks to the road remnants of a brutal winter that wouldn’t quit, the city clerk disclosed Tuesday.

City Clerk Susana Mendoza talks to Ald. "Proco" Joe Moreno (1st) during a break in her testimony at City-Council budget hearings Tuesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Clerk wants strong tools to go after hard core sticker scofflaws

City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Tuesday she needs “strong tools” — including authority to send tickets by mail that count toward the Denver boot — to go after the “hard core” of 150,000 motorists who don't purchase city vehicle stickers.

Outgoing city treasurer Stephanie Neely said she was "amused" that GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner had tried to make her departure an issue in his campaign. | Sun-Times library

Tearful city treasurer addresses aldermen for final time

Retiring City Treasurer Stephanie Neely dissolved into tears Tuesday as she took her eighth and final turn on the hot seat at City Council budget hearings.

Former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline (right) with former officer Jim Mullen in 2008. | Sun-Times library

Police Memorial Foundation raises $1M to buy vests for officers

Cop shop: Watch for Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to be handed $1 million Tuesday to buy 2,000 bulletproof vests for Chicago’s finest. “One bullet can change the life of a Chicago Police officer,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, the executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. He will present the gift to McCarthy.

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