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Chicago Public Schools will formally issue a request for proposals in December for a new school to be put in the Dyett High School building at 555 E. 51st St. in Bronzeville. | File Photo

Under pressure from community, CPS wants new Dyett HS

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago testifies Friday at City Council budget hearings. Photo by Fran Spielman

Chicago Fire Department hiring exacerbates racial divide

The Chicago Fire Department has hired 300 firefighters and 162 paramedics this year to reduce runaway overtime, but the hiring spree didn’t do a thing to bridge the racial divide in a department that has long been lily-white.

Thieves stole this barbecue pit last week from the parking lot at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Ashland, where it was used to cook special meals for the men participating in the substance abuse treatment program. Let's help get it back. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Help smoke this thief out, so he can be grilled by the cops

This is the first story I can remember ever writing about a stolen barbecue grill. But the Fat 50 Squared, I am assured, is no ordinary barbecue grill. Even to call it a grill is an insult. 

Jill Biden stumps with Schneider Monday: GOTV female votes

WASHINGTON--Dr. Jill Biden stumps with Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill. at a Northbrook deli on Monday, at an event designed to get out the female vote as Schneider battles former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill. Before the deli, Biden will also stop by an Democratic Party of Illinois office in Glenview with Schneider for a women's phone bank event.

Chicago Public Schools will formally issue a request for proposals in December for a new school to be put in the Dyett High School building at 555 E. 51st St. in Bronzeville. | File Photo

Under pressure from community, CPS wants new Dyett HS

Phased out over the past few years to just 13 seniors, Dyett High School in Bronzeville will again be an open-enrollment high school, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday as it yielded to community pressure.  

Ald. Scott Waguespack during a City Council meeting last year. File Photo. | Brian Jackson ~ Sun-Times

Aldermen vent their anger about problem bars and businesses

Bad-actor bars, 24-hour gas stations and convenience stores with shootings and fights outside every weekend. Late-night barber shops with gambling in the basement. Illegal bed & breakfast places. On Friday, Chicago aldermen vented their frustrations about those and other issues.


Mayor Rahm Emanuel's former city comptroller Amer Ahmad should be sentenced to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors say. | File photo

Feds say Emanuel's former comptroller deserves 15-year sentence

Amer Ahmad — a former top aide to Mayor Rahm Emanuel who skipped bail and fled to Pakistan in April after pleading guilty to a kickback scheme he ran while he was Ohio's deputy state treasurer —should get 15 years in prison for "a remarkable abuse of office," the U.S. attorney's office in Columbus, Ohio, is urging a judge.

Michelle Obama in new spot for Quinn as Steinem stumps for gov

WASHINGTON — A new spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released on Friday, features first lady Michelle Obama urging folks to "let’s just get this done and vote for Pat Quinn," a message aimed at turning out the Democratic base vote: women, minorities and youths. Also Friday, feminist author and Democratic activist Gloria Steinem stumps for Quinn in Chicago at an event with female leaders.

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. 


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