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Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., recently said he will now campaign for Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Mark Kirk’s conundrum in Durbin-Oberweis race

Richard J. Elrod, left, celebrates his birthday in 1970 with wife, Marilyn, and Mayor Richard J. Daley | Sun-Times Library

Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod dies at 80

Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod served four consecutive terms in office in the ’70s and ’80s, after suffering spinal damage while trying to detain a protester during the violent “Days of Rage” anti-war protests in 1969. 

The skyline, as seen Thursday, April 17, 2014, from "Inspiration Point," the spot at about East 86th and Lake Michigan, former home to U.S. Steel South Works, where McCaffery Interests would like the Obama presidential library to be built. | Sun-Times photo by Neil Steinberg

South Works developer vying for Obama library

It could almost be a lonely spot on the far Michigan shore, with the blue-gray lake and the brown grass, scattered copses, bare trees swaying in the steady breeze. The dunes maybe. But north, there’s the skyline of Chicago, looming like Oz, and west, a massive wall, 30 feet tall and 2,000 feet long, which held ore off-loaded from barges when this was U.S. Steel’s South Works. For developer Dan McCaffery, this is where Chicago’s newest neighborhood is about to spring into being, anchored by Barack Obama’s presidential library. 

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (pictured in May 2012) | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-Mayor Daley’s law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel

THE WATCHDOGS: Under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, City Hall paid millions of dollars in legal fees to Katten Muchin Rosenman, the law firm where Daley now works. The firm has seen its City Hall business fall sharply under Daley’s successor, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, records show.

John Thomas is shown leaving court Friday. The former federal informant is accused of stealing $370,000 from the village of Riverdale that was meant for the development of Riverdale Marina. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Informant in Rezko, Carothers cases accused of stealing TIF money

Federal authorities gave long-time government mole John Thomas a Good Friday surprise, arresting him at his home early Friday morning.

Charter school principal proposes buying school shut by CPS

Despite a pledge by CPS not to allow any charter schools to move into the dozens of schools that were shuttered last year, a charter school principal on Thursday night proposed doing just that. Legacy Charter School Principal Lisa Kenner said her 500 students are running out of room at their current location and proposed buying Pope Elementary, 1852 S. Albany, from Chicago Public Schools.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) and Rahm Emanuel at a hearing on the Obama presidential library on Thursday at the Bilandic Building,160 N. LaSalle, in Chicago. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Madigan wants city to unite behind location for Obama library

The team of rivals angling to land the Obama presidential library and museum — Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago — united on Thursday to encourage the state of Illinois to appropriate $100 million for the project, to help lure it to the city. With little discussion and with no opposition, a state House panel advanced to the House floor the Obama library $100 million sweetener championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. 

Alan Sepinwall compares television shows from the 70's and 80's to today at the Early & Often launch event Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the University Club of Chicago. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

'Embrace the crazy,' Sepinwall says of TV political dramas

“Just embrace the crazy sometimes.”

That’s Alan Sepinwall’s advice for too-serious TV political dramas like the Netflix series “House of Cards.”

CTU jabs at Rauner with cartoon

Citing on Thursday "the blatant hypocrisy of Bruce Rauner," Chicago Teachers Union attorney inked a cartoon mocking the Republican gubernatorial candidate's transformation from well-dressed suit to ordinary joe in plaid, comparing him to failed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

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