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"I had horrible luck on this one," Fleet and Facilities Management Commissioner David Reynolds said after a cockroach was spotted in the City Council chambers during his budget testimony on Thursday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Mayoral aide 'mortified' by giant cockroach in Council chambers

 
Andrea Zopp (left) talks about charter schools at a panel discussion on school closings Thursday at a City Club of Chicago luncheon. At right is Linda Lenz, publisher of Chicago Catalyst, who was the moderator. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

At school closing panel, board acknowledges more planning needed

Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter 50 neighborhood schools. 

Thousands of applicants wait in long lines to take the Chicago Police Department exam at McCormick Place in 2010. | Sun-Times file photo

Emanuel sets long-term goal of electronic testing for city jobs

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has established a long-term goal that might sound unthinkable for a city fresh from a hiring scandal that prompted years of oversight by a federal hiring monitor

Divvy bikes await riders under newly fallen snow at Franklin and Wacker in April. File Photo by Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path

Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists,  malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes. 

 

The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving the Quinn campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference in December 2012 to talk about new vehicles arriving at police districts citywide. A new police contract commits the city to buying 400 more vehicles by Dec. 31. I Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Top mayoral aide confronts shortage of police vehicles head-on

The newly-ratified police contract commits the city to buying 400 new police vehicles by Dec. 31 and 200 year for the duration of the five-year agreement.

"I had horrible luck on this one," Fleet and Facilities Management Commissioner David Reynolds said after a cockroach was spotted in the City Council chambers during his budget testimony on Thursday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Mayoral aide 'mortified' by giant cockroach in Council chambers

"The timing is ironic" said David Reynolds, Fleet and Facilities Management commissioner, after the bug was spotted during his testimony at a budget hearing on Thursday.

Martin O'Malley leaves the Dirksen Federal Building after his arraignment in September. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Key player in red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty

Martin O'Malley — a key player in Chicago's red light camera scandal involving Redflex Traffic Systems — plans to plead guilty in December, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson West players ride on top of a double decker bus during its parade to Millennium Park in August. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House

Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious piece of advice for the Dukes of the Dugout.

 
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