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Martin O'Malley leaves the Dirksen Federal Building after his arraignment in September. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Key player in red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving his campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

Martin O'Malley leaves the Dirksen Federal Building after his arraignment in September. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Key player in red light camera scandal plans to plead guilty

Martin O'Malley — a key player in Chicago's red light camera scandal involving Redflex Traffic Systems — plans to plead guilty in December, according to court records filed Wednesday.

Jackie Robinson West players ride on top of a double decker bus during its parade to Millennium Park in August. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House

Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious piece of advice for the Dukes of the Dugout.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson talks to Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) after testifying Wednesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Ferguson says 'maturation' helped end his cold war with Emanuel

Inspector General Joe Ferguson acknowledged Wednesday that “a little maturation on my part” and a “more measured approach” toward how he speaks set the stage for his political détente with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday that she still wants to delay implementing a new test which long has been scheduled to replace the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and Prairie State Achievement Exam statewide. | Sun-Times library

CPS wants to delay new test even though state already said 'No'

In response to public outcry and internal concerns, Chicago Public Schools wants to delay the full implementation of a new standardized test and continue with a smaller pilot program for another year.

New city treasurer Kurt Summers (left) was formally introduced Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also attending the festivities was Summers' former math teacher at Whitney Young, Greg Mason (right), now principal of Murray Elementary Language Academy in Chicago. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Emanuel's appointment of new treasurer denounced as insider deal

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday appointed Kurt Summers as city treasurer — and defended the insider deal that made it possible — over the objections of one of Summers’ staunchest supporters.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) slammed city Inspector General Faisal Khan for suing the council to get more money for his office. "Where does he think the money falls from?" asked Austin, chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee.

Aldermen ridicule their inspector general for suing them

The always outspoken chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee had some choice and colorful words for Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan Wednesday for filing a lawsuit that seeks to compel the cash-strapped city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term.

Rosalyn Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock College Preparatory High School, speaks during a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposal to convert Hancock into a selective enrollment school. She says the “unilateral decision” disregarded community input. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before vote on Hancock school conversion

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input. 

School Board President David Vitale said the private donations, $11 million of them already in the bank, will be used to purchase musical instruments, cameras and scripts and fund “new assessment systems to track student learning in the arts.” | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Private donors contribute $11 million to fund arts in schools

Private donors have contributed $11 million to help tide the Chicago Public Schools over until the cash-strapped system can find the money to bankroll Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s ambitious plan to put arts education in every school.

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