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Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a recently announced candidate for mayor, is criticizing a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to increase health insurance costs for retired city workers. | Richard Chapman/Sun-Times

Fioretti blasts Emanuel for socking it to retirees on health care

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

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 whooped 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.

Teachers at Marshall High School are upset at the removal of their principal. Angel Johnson had been at the West Side neighborhood high school since 2010. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Marshall H.S. principal's ouster sparks confusion, questions

The timing of the sudden replacement of Marshall High School principal Angel Johnson just weeks into school had the West Side high school’s community confused and upset on Monday.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a recently announced candidate for mayor, is criticizing a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to increase health insurance costs for retired city workers. | Richard Chapman/Sun-Times

Fioretti blasts Emanuel for socking it to retirees on health care

A plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hike health-insurance premiums for 25,000 retired city workers will push those retirees closer to poverty, says mayoral challenger Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

Cartoonist Jack Higgins on Daley development deal

Three years after leaving City Hall, former Mayor Richard M. Daley has gone after a government contract in Chicago, apparently for the first time, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. 

Here's editorial cartoonist Jack Higgins' take on it:

Crowds lined 26th Street for the annual Mexican Independence Day parade, which drew a slew of politicians. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Mexican Independence Day parade draws plenty of politicians

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not grimace after downing shots of tequila that were handed to them Sunday afternoon by the hosts of the Mexican Independence Day parade in Little Village.

President Barack Obama announces Penny Pritzker as his nominee for secretary of commerce on May 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C. | Getty Images

Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal

THE WATCHDOGS: When the government was seeking a new Chicago FBI headquarters, it gave the deal to Jack Higgins — a friend of then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. Higgins brought in Penny Pritzker, who would go on to be a top campaign fund-raiser for President Barack Obama and is now his secretary of commerce. The $125 million FBI complex turned out to be a profitable venture for the Pritzker family and Higgins but not as good a deal for taxpayers.

Provided photo shows a dead reat at a Southwest Side elementary school said to be having problems with rodents and roaches since janitorial services were privatized.

Chicago Public Schools contractor to lay off 476 custodians

The move to lay off nearly 500 privately contracted custodial workers who clean Chicago Public Schools will make it harder to keep classrooms tidy, the union representing the custodians said Sunday. “Scheduling and other changes that are causing the problems we are seeing now will only be exacerbated,” SEIU Local 1 spokeswoman Julia Valentine said in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

 
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