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Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

 
Tom Leach (right), director of public information for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, with Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal (left) in 2004. File Photo by Jim Frost/Sun-Times.

Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets

Tom Leach never did write that book. Leach, one of the city’s most liked and respected public relations men during his long tenure at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, died Sunday from lung cancer. He was 76. With his death, Leach takes with him a lifetime of unprinted and unprintable stories gleaned as a former newsman working deep inside Chicago government and politics. 

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia files in excess of 63,000 nominating petitions for Chicago Mayor | Photo by Natasha Korecki

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayor race

With the filing deadline closed, the list of Chicago mayoral hopefuls ballooned on the final day of filing nominating petitions. 

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner and Pastor Corey Brooks gave away Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings to 3,500 families at New Beginnings Church on Sunday. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Rauner, Brooks hand out turkeys and trimmings

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said "Happy Thanksgiving!" several hundred times Sunday afternoon, with each utterance accompanied by a free frozen turkey for throngs of people who lined up at a South Side church for fixings and a bird.

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and supporters rallied at Alhambra Palace Restaurant on the Near West Side on Sunday. | Jon Seidel/Sun-Times

Garcia says he has 60,000 signatures for mayoral run

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia promised to unite Chicago's neighborhoods Sunday as he set out to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February.

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million

THE WATCHDOGS: The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, according to documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times in a dispute the city agency settled by repaying the federal government nearly $4.3 million.

Workers process petitions as they are handed in Sunday afternoon. | Brian Slodysko/Sun-Times Media

Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board

Critics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hand-selected school board announced Sunday that they have gathered enough petition signatures to place an advisory referendum on the ballot, asking if members of Chicago Public Schools' board should be elected.

Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

Bottle & Botega owner Stephanie King-Myers owns two corporate locations in Chicago and employs a staff of 15. They range from entry-level studio assistants paid slightly above minimum wage, to $15-an-hour studio managers. She’s anxious about the effect of an upcoming Chicago-only minimum wage hike.

Force not with public on Lucas Museum

A funny thing happened on the way to a recent BGA Idea Forum entitled, “What’s the Force Behind the Lucas Museum?” “The Force” wasn’t with us. Even though the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is among the most elaborate projects Chicago’s ever entertained, no one from city government accepted our invitation to show up and discuss it. Nobody. No one. Zilch.

Archbishop Blase Cupich during Mass at St. Agatha Parish, 3147 W. Douglas. Sunday, November 23, 2014 | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

No more church "quietness" under Cupich

He’s wasting no time. Right out of the box, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich was standing on the right side. 

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez speaks Saturday before the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, celebrating President Barack Obama's immigration order. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Crowd celebrates Obama's immigration policy

An elated crowd gathered Saturday at a South Side high school named after a prominent Mexican president to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

 
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