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Ald. Jesse L. Miller (24th) outside his campaign office in 1991. | Sun-Times file photo

Former alderman, North Lawndale activist Jesse Miller dies at 72


A visit to the Last House on the Block

The St. Martin de Porres House of Hope is a converted four-story Catholic grammar school in Woodlawn that operates as a homeless shelter for women and children.  Years ago, a resident who became one of the shelter’s first success stories gave it its other name because, for her, it really was The Last House On The Block.  It was, she feared, the last stop in a downward journey. Instead, it was her first step in an upward direction.

Jon Loevy and his partners have pledged to give away at least half of their earnings from a proposed marijuana farm to educational initiatives throughout the state. | File photo

Would-be marijuana farmers pledge half of earnings to education

Jon Loevy, a Chicago attorney who has taken on Chicago cops accused of police misconduct, is part of a group that wants to open a medical marijuana farm in tiny downstate Edgewood.


Supporters of legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois rally outside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield last week. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

Higher minimum wage for Chicago alone would be devastating

A $13 or $15 minimum wage in Chicago would drive businesses and jobs out of town, writes the 19th Ward alderman.  Let’s raise the minimumin a smart and uniform manner.

Protesters deliver a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, protesting the use of one of their photographs in an Emanuel campaign ad airing this week. | Stefano Esposito/Sun-Times

Anti-coal activists rip Mayor Rahm Emanuel over campaign ad

Some two dozen City Hall protesters — some holding up images of turkeys — cried "fowl" Wednesday, blasting what they say is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's misleading use of their anti-coal photograph in an ad the mayor's campaign began airing this week.

Off Message: Chicago election preview


With the filing period for petitions over, Natasha Korecki is joined by Mick Dumke, Ben Joravsky and Dan Mihalopoulos to talk about the mayoral race and some key aldermanic contests in the upcoming citywide elections on Feb. 24th, 2015.

Archbishop Blase Cupich speaks at a Catholic Extension function at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

Obama and Cupich meet for the first time, discuss immigration

Archbishop Blase Cupich described the meeting on the president’s home turf as “delightful,” though limited to the subject of immigration. Cupich — like much of the Catholic clergy — is outspoken in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. He said Obama’s executive order was just a “first step” to comprehensive immigration reform. Still, he said the action will “help people come out of the shadows.”

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