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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

 
Karen Lewis, from a video released Friday.

Karen Lewis endorses Garcia for mayor, thanks Chicago for support

Speaking publicly for the first time since she underwent brain surgery, Karen Lewis appeared in a video Friday thanking Chicago for its "support, love and … best wishes," promising to “remain encouraged and focused in the days ahead” — and endorsing mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Jack O'Malley, the last Republican to hold countywide office in Cook County, shown in 1995. File Photo.

GOP to sit out countywide races? All part of the plan, party says

I can confidently predict there will be exactly zero votes tallied on Tuesday for the 2014 Republican candidate for Cook County Board president. That’s because, as anyone who has already voted here has been reminded, there is no Republican candidate for County Board president this year.

 

South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of trying to “get blood from a tunip” and of being a "bully" by taking legal action against older residential high-rise buildings that have failed to make fire safety improvements. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Hairston says city bullying older high rises on fire safety

South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of trying to “get blood from a tunip” by taking legal action against pre-1975 residential high-rises that have failed to make fire safety improvements.

Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton said the Council’s hand-picked inspector general had no legal authority to file a lawsuit seeking to compel the city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Legislative IG had no legal right to sue, top mayoral aide says

The City Council’s handpicked inspector general had no legal authority to file a lawsuit seeking to compel the city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term, a top mayoral aide said Friday.

Testifying at City Council budget hearings for the final time, departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said she’s putting pressure on airlines to phase out older, noisier aircraft and hoping an air traffic modernization program will provide some respite for Chicago homeowners. | Sun-Times File Photo

Andolino signs off with no promises of relief from O'Hare noise

Northwest Side aldermen on Friday went through the motions of demanding relief from O’Hare Airport jet noise, but got nowhere with departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

Your guide to voting for Cook County judges

Cook County voters on Tuesday will be asked to elect dozens of judges, many of whom have had little publicity during this election season. To assist voters, numerous local bar associations have provided ratings for each judicial candidate. The chart below lists these ratings from the following associations:

Bruce Rauner (left) and United States Senator Mark Kirk wait to be introduced at news conference announcing the Veterans for Rauner Coalition in September. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Sen. Mark Kirk stumping for Rauner, Dold

In the closing days of toss-up campaigns, Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., is stumping with GOP governor nominee Bruce Rauner and former Rep.

Dr. Linda Brubaker, Dean of the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, talks to students after accepting one of three Tradition of Excellence awards in 2012. File Photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl

Students not legal — but superb

Dr. Mark Kuczewski of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine heard of a star student on the West Coast who wanted to be a doctor, but she was not a legal resident. Medical schools were not accepting such students. Kuczewski and higher-ups at Loyola moved quickly to allow undocumented students to compete for admittance. Loyola was the first to make the change and 34 universities have so far followed suit.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is trying again Thursday to sell skeptical aldermen less than four months from re-election on his claim that Chicago is turning the corner in the fight against violent crime.

 
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