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President Barack Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., earlier this month. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Emanuel fires back at Rauner for anti-property tax robo-calls

The mayor doesn’t need Rauner — the mayor’s longtime friend and former business associate — making robo-calls to thousands of Chicago property owners urging them to pressure Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the bill that sets the stage for that increase by increasing employee contributions by 29 percent and reducing employee benefits.

Women wait for a bus after their grocery shopping in Los Angeles in 2012. (AP File Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits.

Friends and relatives wrote dozens of letters to the judge in Carla Oglesby's money laundering case, praising her kindness and humility and seeking leniency. The judge on Wednesday sentenced her to 6 1/2 years in prison. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

In letter to judge, Ald. Austin praises convicted Stroger aide

Dozens of letters to a Cook County judge praised Carla Oglesby, a former aide to then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger as humble, helpful and kind. Prosecutors see her differently. Oglesby was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for money-laundering and theft.

President Barack Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., earlier this month. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday unveiled plans to use $60 million in tax increment financing funds to build another selective-enrollment high school on the Near North Side. It will have room for 1,200 students and is to be named for President Barack Obama.

Former Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) | File photo

Ex-Ald. Stone 'scared' by 2007 letter with white powder

Ex-Ald. Stone 'scared' after opening letter with white powderFormer Ald. Bernie Stone testified Thursday that he was scared he’d been poisoned by anthrax when he opened a threatening letter sent to his ward office that was packed with white powder.

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