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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown greeting fans outside Wrigley Field, backs the Cubs' plan to move forward with renovation plans despite a pending lawsuit. | Sun-Times library

Emanuel gives Cubs green light to break ground at Wrigley Field

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti at the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Little Village on Sunday. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’

As one of 50 aldermen, Bob Fioretti could rail against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, cast his votes in the City Council – and pretty much avoid the most intense scrutiny. Now, as the first potentially serious challenger to the mayor’s re-election bid, Fioretti also must account for whatever is packed away in the baggage he’s brought with him to the February 2015 election campaign.

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla., on June 18, 2013. | Chris O’Meara/AP

Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he would end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times \

Emanuel unveils plan to end veterans homelessness

On the eve of his 2003 re-election, former Mayor Richard M. Daley established a goal of ending homelessness in Chicago by 2012 and embraced a plan to make it happen. It called for shifting the focus away from shelters and toward permanent housing with a bottomless network of social services to “rebuild souls,” as Daley liked to say. On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lowered the bar to a more realistic, but still difficult goal to achieve: ending homelessness among veterans in Chicago by the end of 2015.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown greeting fans outside Wrigley Field, backs the Cubs' plan to move forward with renovation plans despite a pending lawsuit. | Sun-Times library

Emanuel gives Cubs green light to break ground at Wrigley Field

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is gung-ho about the Cubs’ plan to start renovating Wrigley Field, even though a lawsuit filed by rooftop club owners is still pending.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said increasing health-insurance premiums for city retirees is just another one of the tough decisions he's had to make to get the city's financial house in order. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel defends 40-percent hike in city retiree health premiums

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his decision to save $27 million in 2015 by raising monthly health-insurance premiums by 40 percent for 25,000 city retirees, saying a recent Illinois Supreme Court ruling protecting subsidized premiums for state employees is "totally different."

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract. 

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis earlier this month. | Tom Gannam/AP

Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

Adrian Peterson’s indictment exposes the changing views on child abuse. Peterson, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings, was charged last week with “negligent injury to a child” for an incident in which he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But Peterson, who acknowledged his father whupped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. 

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks to members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday afternoon at Maggiano's. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable

Chicago Public Schools is holding its private cleaning contractors accountable for complaints of filthy buildings being lodged by principals, and conditions will change, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told reporters Monday after speaking to the City Club of Chicago. “We recognize obviously it has not been as smooth as we would like. I think in a very short time, you’ll see a change,” Byrd-Bennett said after a half-hour speech lauding recent successes at CPS.

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