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Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church, 5101 S. Keeler on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel fires back at City Council's inspector general

 
Gov. Pat Quinn talks to Darold Butler, coach of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, during Wednesday's rally at Jackie Robinson Park. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

PHOTOS: Politicians cheer on Jackie Robinson West

Thousands cheered on Jackie Robinson West during their downtown rally on Wednesday, and a handful of politicians were on hand as well.

Activist Tom Tresser has set out to do what the city won't: tell us how much of our tax money is sitting in tax increment financing accounts. | Sun-Times file photo

As TIFs keep collecting tax dollars, schools face more cuts

"I don't think it should be too burdensome to tell us how they're spending 1.7 billion of our property tax dollars," activist Tom Tresser said.

Can Karen Lewis guard the henhouse?

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is clearly preparing to run for mayor of Chicago — filing the necessary forms with the State Board of Elections, circulating petitions to get on the ballot and meeting with community groups. If elected next spring, one of Lewis’ first big jobs as mayor would be to negotiate a new contract with the CTU. Does anybody think that’s a job Karen Lewis could do?

Rod Blagojevich addresses the media as his wife Patti listens outside their home in 2012. File Photo. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Blago to Patti: ‘The end of this nightmare must surely be near'

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is still awaiting word on his appeal in a federal prison outside of Denver, must be one proud dad.  Sneed is told his daughter, Amy, 18, just got accepted at Northwestern University and will be studying journalism at Medill. “She wants to be a reporter,” said a source.  Meanwhile, Blago’s wife, Patti, posted a wedding anniversary letter from her imprisoned hubby on her Facebook page Monday night.

Judge Richard Posner (shown, at podium) at Northwestern Law School in 2003. File Photo. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Judge’s questions suggest gay marriage coming to Wis. and Ind.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer was a scant 35 seconds into his defense of his state’s ban on gay marriage Tuesday when Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner let him know where he stood. By the time Posner got to his key point he had made plain his hostility to the positions being advanced by Indiana — and Wisconsin — in support of their desire to continue to discriminate against gay couples.

Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett announced the completion of the first phase of air conditioning installation in Chicago Public school classrooms last week. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Pediatricians' warning won't force CPS to push back start times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked schools CEO on Tuesday resisted a pediatricians' push to roll back school starting times so middle- and high-school students can get more sleep.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church, 5101 S. Keeler on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel fires back at City Council's inspector general

Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back at the City Council’s handpicked inspector general Tuesday for daring to question the mayor’s commitment to ethics reform.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaking at the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church, 5101 S. Keeler. Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel bolsters commitment to $13-an-hour Chicago minimum wage

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday he'll ask the City Council to raise Chicago’s minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018, no matter what the outcome of a statewide referendum on the issue or how the Illinois General Assembly responds to those nonbinding results.

 
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