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Before her stint with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (left), Colleen Haran worked as a legislative aide from 1990 to 2007 for the City Council’s Committee on Finance, which is run by Ald. Ed Burke (14th), according to documents obtained from the sheriff’s office and interviews. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Clout-heavy assistant to Sheriff Dart can't keep track of time

 
UNO has brought in Chris Mather, who headed Rahm Emanuel’s communication operation when he took office, and Kevin Forde (center) and Michael Forde, who were on the legal team that kept Emanuel on the ballot. | Jessica Koscielniak/Sun-Times library

Troubled UNO brings in three ex-Rahm hands

THE WATCHDOGS: The clout-heavy United Neighborhood Organization — facing federal scrutiny and a power struggle that threatens its funding — has brought in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former communications director and two lawyers who helped keep Emanuel on the ballot in 2011.

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Sept. 13 announcement of his candidacy marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 mayoral campaign. | AP file

Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango

Fioretti can’t take City Hall on his own. Right now, his standing in the mayor's race is limited to his old base and hyper-active progressives who will take “Anybody but Rahm.” Fioretti could raise $3 million-plus. Count on Emanuel to pull in $20 million plus. If it’s mano a mano, it’s over. Fioretti needs another contender. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

CPS hiding records from the BGA and you

So what happens when children don’t follow the rules at school — when they’re unruly, disruptive or underachieving? The response may include detentions, uncomfortable visits to the school office, or the specter of losing access to sports and other extra-curricular activities. The point is: Kids know there are consequences for bad behavior, and school officials understand their jobs include socializing children along with educating them. So it’s worth noting the disconnect and, yes, even hypocrisy, in Chicago’s public schools, where officials regularly and blatantly ignore legal requirements, including state law, when it comes to complying with document requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Quinn kicks off work on first Chicago veterans’ home

Flanked by veterans and elected officials, Gov. Pat Quinn broke ground Sunday on what will be the first assisted-living home in Chicago for military veterans. When completed in 2016, the five-story, $70.5 million facility on the city’s Northwest Side will house about 200 veterans.

Before her stint with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (left), Colleen Haran worked as a legislative aide from 1990 to 2007 for the City Council’s Committee on Finance, which is run by Ald. Ed Burke (14th), according to documents obtained from the sheriff’s office and interviews. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Clout-heavy assistant to Sheriff Dart can't keep track of time

Collen Haran, 43, resigned in advance of being fired for alleged time theft – changing her attendance records to reflect that she was working when she really wasn’t, according to records the Better Government Association obtained from the sheriff’s office under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Even with crime and taxes that Chicagoans rate as "one of the worst" in the nation, residents aren't ready to pack up and leave. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

If money was no object, where would Chicagoans live?

Despite the fact that about three-quarters of Chicagoans rate the metropolitan area as “one of the worst” in the country in terms of crime and tax rates, a majority would still live here if money was no object.

Important safety gear, such as breathing apparatus, is being removed from Chicago ambulances, putting paramedics and the public at risk, firefighters say. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ambulance changes put paramedics and Chicago public at risk

Self-contained breathing apparatus are being removed from all 75 Chicago ambulance, and about 70 paramedics graduating Sunday will not be issued fire helmets, boots and protective clothing, known as bunker gear, that are standard issue for firefighters. Without breathing masks and oxygen tanks, veteran paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice said paramedics will no longer be able to go into a burning high-rise--or subway after a derailment, collision or explosion--to rescue victims or firefighters in distress.

Josh Rutherford, owner of Smoke Daddy, stands near the smoker in his Wicker Park restaurant. | Jessica Koscielniak/Chicago Sun-Times

Faces of minimum wage: Restaurant owner weighs pay, fairness

Josh Rutherford got a $6.25 an hour job washing dishes at Chili’s restaurant his first year at Purdue University. When he graduated four years later, he was making $9.25 an hour running running its kitchen. Now the 38-year-old and his business partners, as Four Star Restaurant Group, own seven restaurants.

 
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