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Ald. Rey Colon (35th) on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances of his DUI arrest last week on the Eisenhower Expressway. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

Ald. Rey Colon arrested on Eisenhower Expressway; accused of DUI

In 2013, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policy was unconstitutional. When Bill de Blasio took the mayor’s office, he fulfilled his campaign promise by moving quickly to reform stop-and-frisk. But three weeks ago, de Blasio found himself defending his decision to dial down stop-and-frisk. | Christopher Gregory/Getty Images

Ending the carnage on Chicago’s streets will take more than talk

If you had to give up some of your personal freedom to reduce the deadly violence in your neighborhood, would you? Would you be willing, for instance, to put up with the indignity that comes with a stop-and-frisk policing strategy?

File Photo. I John H. White~Sun-Times

Extra alarm over CPS preference in firefighter hiring

Mayor Rahm Emanuel barely caused a ripple of reaction two years ago when he announced Chicago Public School graduates would be given a leg up when applying for city jobs. But now that the city is preparing to take applications for firefighters for the first time in a decade, Emanuel’s “CPS preference” policy is sparking an outcry from some city residents who say it discriminates against graduates of Catholic and other private schools.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes part in a roundtable discussion Monday with small-business owners about his proposal to increase the minimum wage in the city. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Small-business owners tell Emanuel they back minimum-wage hike

Progressive small-business owners in Chicago voiced their support Monday for raising the minimum wage, but most said the move would still cost them. They agreed that neither they nor their employees can live on minimum wage, especially if they live in Chicago, and that it’s essential to have “happy” employees. 

Steven Lesner, left, during a break from a Police Board hearing in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Sergeant fired over woman's death sues to get job back

A Chicago Police sergeant fired this month over the 2009 death of woman he says shot herself with his gun while the two drank together inside her apartment sued the city Monday to try to get his job back. Steven E. Lesner, 48, called the Chicago Police Board’s July 17 decision to fire him “clearly erroneous” in his three-page complaint filed in Cook County Circuit Court. 


Teen girls need a little Zumba

Zumba is the perfect exercise for teenage girls. If I ran the world, Zumba would be a required part of their high school gym classes. If I had a teenage daughter (the good Lord spared some female that role), you can bet she’d be up there moving right alongside me and the rest of the class.

Pallbearers load 11-year-old Shamiya Adams' casket onto a caisson following a funeral service at Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park on Saturday. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Alderman knocks Emanuel for not attending Shamiya’s funeral

A West Side alderman criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel Monday for failing to attend Saturday’s funeral for 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, the latest innocent victim of Chicago’s never-ending gang violence.“He should have been there,” said Ald. Jason Ervin (28th).  Kelley Quinn, the mayor’s communications director, was taken aback by Ervin’s criticism. “The mayor spoke to Shamiya’s mother, Shaneetha Goodloe, during a visit last week and explained that he had longstanding plans with his son on Saturday,” Quinn wrote in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times. 


Ald. Edward Burke, chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance, hosts a public hearing last year. The committee is expected to approve a $1.2 million settlement in a police shooting case on Tuesday. File Photo. | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

$1.2 million for family of H.S. sports star gunned down by police

Chicago taxpayers will spend $1.2 million to compensate the family of a high school sports star with good grades who was shot in the back by an off-duty police officer. The settlement, expected to be approved by the City Council’s Finance Committee on Tuesday and by the full Council on Wednesday, stems from the Sept. 11, 2009 shooting death of 17-year-old Corey Harris.

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances of his DUI arrest last week on the Eisenhower Expressway. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

Ald. Rey Colon arrested on Eisenhower Expressway; accused of DUI

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) said Monday he’s hired an attorney after being pulled over by Illinois State Police last week for allegedly driving drunk on the Eisenhower Expressway.

Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, shown in front of the Aqua Tower her firm designed, will be part of the design team for the new museum filmmaker George Lucas wants to build along Lake Michigan. | Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Team of architects for Lucas museum includes Aqua Tower designer

Beijing-based Ma Yansong and Chicago’s Jeanne Gang are teaming up to design George Lucas’ new interactive lakefront museum. Gang will design a bridge that will connect the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from its proposed site on Chicago’s Museum Campus to Northerly Island, officials announced Monday. She and her firm, Studio Gang, also will lead the landscape design for the museum. Ma’s work includes the Absolute Towers in Canada — nicknamed the “Marilyn Monroe” towers for their voluptuous curves.


Chicago Teachers Union, progressives form new Chicago coalition

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups — including the Chicago Teachers Union — and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell tells Early & Often.

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