Nine months ago, Jack Higgins — a longtime friend of former Mayor Richard M. Daley — had to walk away from his winning bid to develop nine-acres of government land on the West Side because he didn’t disclose his federal tax liens totaling nearly $2.8 million. On Tuesday, the Illinois Medical District Commission selected a new development team for the $300 million project — and Higgins is part of the team.
On the eve of the approval of Chicago Public Schools’ $5.76 billion budget for 2015, a disabilities-rights group denounced the budget on Tuesday as unsustainable, even though the district wants to
In spite of promises made by the Chicago Public Schools chief not to put schools into buildings shuttered for being underused, CPS plans to move Kenwood Academy’s special academic program into the
Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the Chicago City Council's budget committee, is worried about people who end up on the do-not-hire list after they are accused, but who then find it hard to have their names removed if they are acquitted or charges are dropped. She says the removal process shouldn't take so long. | Sun-Times File Photo
Chicago aldermen have agreed to follow a "do-not-hire" list, as long recommended by a federal monitor. The list would show people who, because of past misconduct, are banned from city employment.
Jim Franczek (left), the city's chief labor negotiator, talks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader, Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), after Tuesday's committee vote ratifying a new $80 million contract that will give firefighters and paramedics an 11 percent pay raise over five years. (Photo by Fran Spielman)
Chicago firefighters will get $32 million in back pay within 75 days—and the city will get a dramatic upgrade in ambulance care — under a five-year contract advanced Tuesday that opens the door to even higher pay raises.
WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities medals to Chicagoans Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron and historian Darlene Clark Hine.
Some residents near O'Hare International Airport are complaining that new traffic patterns have dramatically increased noise levels in their neighborhoods. The city has agreed to install more noise monitors as it continues to look into the issue. | Sun-Times Media File Photo
Eight additional monitors will be installed to track airplane noise around O'Hare International Airport, the city annouced Tuesday. The work comes in the wake of a change in flight patterns that have dramatically increased jet noise in some neighborhoods, according to residents.
Both pro-Israeli and pro-Palestinian demonstrators showed up at the Israeli Consulate Tuesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times photos
On one side of the street, hundreds of Israeli supporters holding blue and white flags gathered. On the other, pro-Palestine activists stared across and demanded an end to Israeli “apartheid.” The heated stand-off on Tuesday outside the Israeli consulate in the Loop lasted more than an hour and ended with one arrest, according to Chicago Police.
With all the talk of a possible mayoral run Karen Lewis, we haven't seen much of her lately. That's because the Chicago Teachers Union President shifted her annual vacation in Hawaii to July. Why?
Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks during a roundtable discussion earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2013 with $33.9 million in cash on hand — virtually unchanged from last year, but down from $167 million two years ago, city audits show. Emanuel also failed to make a dent in the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers. The 2013 city audits provide a treasure trove of information about city finances and operations.
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