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Ald. Brendan Reilly said he has asked the Chicago Park District to allow leashed dogs on the pedestrian paths in Maggie Daley Park and in newly-renovated Peanut Park in Grant Park. | Maggie Daley Park construction cam photo

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

Peoples Stadium Parking has been parking cars on city-owned land just east of the United Center. This lot in the 1700 block of West Madison contains two parcels owned by the city. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Emanuel halts private parking on city lots near United Center

THE WATCHDOGS: For nearly 20 years, three politically connected companies have been using city-owned property, without paying rent or property taxes on the land, to park cars in the shadows of the United Center.

David Vitale, president of the Chicago Board of Education, talks with Andrea L. Zopp, a board member, at the Board of Education meeting in their new headquarters at 42 W. Madison in Chicago on December 17, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

CPS move may have cost more than estimated

At the Chicago Board of Education’s first meeting in new Chicago Public School facilities at State and Madison, where smells of fresh paint lingered, board President David Vitale opened the proceedings with a welcome and a reminder: “After 20-plus years at 125 S. Clark, our new home here definitely has a new look and feel,” Vitale told the crowd in smaller new board chambers.

Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46, owner of 90 Miles Cuban Cafe, and his father Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, who's visiting from West Palm Beach, Florida, talk about President Barack Obama's move to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. | Tina Sfondeles/Sun-Times

Chicago Cubans cautious yet hopeful about historic policy shift

Alberto Gonzalez Jr., 46,  has owned 90 Miles Cuban Café, a popular Logan Square restaurant, along with another in Roscoe Village, for seven years. His father, Alberto Gonzalez Sr., 71, was visiting from Florida when he heard the news that President Barack Obama is re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing some travel and economic sanctions. “It’s the right step in the right directions," Gonzalez Sr. said Wednesday. 

The appointment of former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) to lead become the Chicago City Council's first-ever financial analyst — at a salary of $107,000 a year — has been stalled in an aldermanic power struggle. | Sun-Times Library

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

A reform measure to create the office of City Council Financial Analyst is stuck in the mud because of a stalemate over the proposed candidate for the job, former independent Ald. Helen Shiller, who is opposed by Ald. Ameya Pawar but supported by Ald. Carrie Austin.

Ald. Walter Burnett (right), shown with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says potential sites for a new selective-enrollment high school have been narrowed to three sites in his 27th Ward, but he prefers a parcel at Halsted and Division, near Goose Island. Emanuel initially had wanted to name the school after President Barack Obama and bulid it in the middle of Stanton Park, but bowed to public pressure. | File Photo

High school once named Obama Prep could be built on riverfront

A vacant riverfront parcel at Division and Halsted has emerged as the frontrunner for construction of a new, $60 million selective-enrollment high school that Mayor Rahm Emanuel initially had plann

Erana Jackson (left), of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, was among the protesters who gathered outside the new Chicago Public Schools headquarters in the Loop on Wednesday morning. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board

The group — a coalition of neighborhood groups and members of the Chicago Teachers Union — boasted it had collected enough signatures in 37 wards to pose a non-binding question to Chicagoans on their February ballots, asking if residents want an elected school board.

Ald. Brendan Reilly said he has asked the Chicago Park District to allow leashed dogs on the pedestrian paths in Maggie Daley Park and in newly-renovated Peanut Park in Grant Park. | Maggie Daley Park construction cam photo

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

In the Dec.16 edition of his email newsletter to constituents, Ald. Brendan Reilly sided with residents of surrounding high-rises who have bemoaned the Park District’s decision to ban dogs at Maggie Daley Park, just as they did at Millenium Park.

Joseph Baar Topinka speaks Wednesday morning during the memorial service for his mom, former Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, at Local 150 Headquarters in Countryside. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial

Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor.

Candidate for Illinois governor Judy Baar Topinka with her two dogs — a Scottish terrier and a beagle — during a campaign stop at the Troy Township Republican headquarters in Shorewood in April 2006. | Sun-Times Media file photo

Judy Baar Topinka’s dogs find a home

The two beloved dogs belonging to our irrepressible state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka — who died after a stroke on Dec. 10 — just got rescued.

Investigator for City Council IG faces ethics questions

The chief investigator for the City Council’s embattled inspector general soon could find herself answering questions instead of just asking them. Kelly Tarrant, the top aide to council I.G. Faisal Khan, is facing an investigation into whether her moonlighting as a political operative last year conflicted with her taxpayer-funded role as a corruption fighter.

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