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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

 
Dr. Linda Brubaker, Dean of the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, talks to students after accepting one of three Tradition of Excellence awards in 2012. File Photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl

Students not legal — but superb

Dr. Mark Kuczewski of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine heard of a star student on the West Coast who wanted to be a doctor, but she was not a legal resident. Medical chools were not accepting such students. Kuczewski and higher-ups at Loyola moved quickly to allow undocumented students to compete for admittance, citing the Jesuit school’s promotion of social justice. Loyola was the first to make the change and 34 universities have so far followed suit.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is trying again Thursday to sell skeptical aldermen less than four months from re-election on his claim that Chicago is turning the corner in the fight against violent crime.

Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Jitu Brown of KOCO, talks about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. outside of the Pope School 1826 N. Albany, in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. Brown, the national director for KOCO’s “Journey for Justice Alliance,” has been among the most vocal opponents of the plan to phase-out Dyett High School on the South Side.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks to the media after the Future of Chicago lecture series. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

He’s quiet and careful, but don’t count Garcia out in mayor race

I’m sure Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia’s name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, but I counted him out because he’s never really shown the ambition to be The Guy. But I’ll say this: If Garcia could somehow make it to a runoff and Chicagoans had an opportunity to take the measure of the man, he would have a chance.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday told a group of college students he received a flood of emails and calls requesting he run for mayor after Chicago Teachers Union President

Scene from a surveillance video of off-duty Chicago Cop Anthony Abbate beating a female bartender in 2007. File Photo.

IPRA working overtime to change its image, reduce backlog

The agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct has dramatically reduced its backlog of cases — and stepped up its community outreach — to erase the public perception that it is too cozy with the Chicago Police Department and too protective of rogue officers.

 
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