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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

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.

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.

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.

Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

A parent group delivered about 3,700 signatures on petitions against a new standardized test to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday, pleading for a year’s delay on the hours-long test they

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Church must use its women to fullest

I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack’s former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the new leader of Chicago Catholics bunks.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in October | File photo

Garcia blasts Emanuel for closing 50 schools

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia blasted  Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for closing 50 schools and portrayed the incumbent as a big-money “Washington insider” who lacks the “temperament” to “listen and engage” everyday Chicagoans.

Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident the state supreme court will uphold the pension reform law. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

A ruling Friday by an Illinois judge that a law intended to fix the state’s mounting pension crisis is unconstitutional paves the way for a legal showdown before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Quinn vs. Emanuel in mayoral race? It would be close, poll shows

While Gov. Pat Quinn lost the governor's race against Bruce Rauner, Quinn dominated in Chicago where he had more than a 50-point advantage against Rauner. And with support like that, what would happen if Quinn launched a mayoral bid? A new poll shows he'd be in a tight race with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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