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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Testifying at City Council budget hearings for the final time, departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said she’s putting pressure on airlines to phase out older, noisier aircraft and hoping an air traffic modernization program will provide some respite for Chicago homeowners. | Sun-Times File Photo

Andolino signs off with no promises of relief from O'Hare noise

Northwest Side aldermen on Friday went through the motions of demanding relief from O’Hare Airport jet noise, but got nowhere with departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

Your guide to voting for Cook County judges

Cook County voters on Tuesday will be asked to elect dozens of judges, many of whom have had little publicity during this election season. To assist voters, numerous local bar associations have provided ratings for each judicial candidate. The chart below lists these ratings from the following associations:

Bruce Rauner (left) and United States Senator Mark Kirk wait to be introduced at news conference announcing the Veterans for Rauner Coalition in September. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Sen. Mark Kirk stumping for Rauner, Dold

In the closing days of toss-up campaigns, Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., is stumping with GOP governor nominee Bruce Rauner and former Rep.

Dr. Linda Brubaker, Dean of the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, talks to students after accepting one of three Tradition of Excellence awards in 2012. File Photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl

Students not legal — but superb

Dr. Mark Kuczewski of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine heard of a star student on the West Coast who wanted to be a doctor, but she was not a legal resident. Medical schools were not accepting such students. Kuczewski and higher-ups at Loyola moved quickly to allow undocumented students to compete for admittance. Loyola was the first to make the change and 34 universities have so far followed suit.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is trying again Thursday to sell skeptical aldermen less than four months from re-election on his claim that Chicago is turning the corner in the fight against violent crime.

Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?

Jitu Brown of KOCO, talks about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. outside of the Pope School 1826 N. Albany, in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. Brown, the national director for KOCO’s “Journey for Justice Alliance,” has been among the most vocal opponents of the plan to phase-out Dyett High School on the South Side.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks to the media after the Future of Chicago lecture series. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

He’s quiet and careful, but don’t count Garcia out in mayor race

I’m sure Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia’s name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, but I counted him out because he’s never really shown the ambition to be The Guy. But I’ll say this: If Garcia could somehow make it to a runoff and Chicagoans had an opportunity to take the measure of the man, he would have a chance.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday told a group of college students he received a flood of emails and calls requesting he run for mayor after Chicago Teachers Union President

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