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Emanuel fires back at Rauner for anti-property tax robo-calls

Mayor Rahm Emanuel chats with Skinner North Classical School student Erin Chapman (left), 10, after announcing the opening of Barack Obama College Preparatory High School, on Thursday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Mitchell: Timing all wrong for Rahm's new Obama H.S.

In announcing plans to build another selective-enrollment high school on the North Side, Mayor Rahm Emanuel might as well have laughed in his critics’ faces. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Emanuel fires back at Rauner for anti-property tax robo-calls

The mayor doesn’t need Rauner — the mayor’s longtime friend and former business associate — making robo-calls to thousands of Chicago property owners urging them to pressure Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the bill that sets the stage for that increase by increasing employee contributions by 29 percent and reducing employee benefits.

Women wait for a bus after their grocery shopping in Los Angeles in 2012. (AP File Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits.

Friends and relatives wrote dozens of letters to the judge in Carla Oglesby's money laundering case, praising her kindness and humility and seeking leniency. The judge on Wednesday sentenced her to 6 1/2 years in prison. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

In letter to judge, Ald. Austin praises convicted Stroger aide

Dozens of letters to a Cook County judge praised Carla Oglesby, a former aide to then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger as humble, helpful and kind. Prosecutors see her differently. Oglesby was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for money-laundering and theft.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visit a classroom at Coral Reef High School in Miami, Florida in March. AFP File Photo/Mandel NGANMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

Barack Obama  — first black commander-in-chief, adopted Chicago son, one-time boss of the mayor — will have at least one prominent public building named after him in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made sure of that Thursday — well before the president decides where to put his library — as Emanuel announced plans to build a selective-enrollment high school, the city's 11th, on the North Side using $60 million in tax-increment financing money and eventually serving 1,200, giving much needed hope to parents who want their kids to have a chance at the best high school education the city has to offer.


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