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Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, (right) talks with Walter Jacobson Tuesday night at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Million buck pledge changes Lewis’ ‘calculus’ — but not timeline

Karen Lewis said Tuesday that a $1 million pledge of support from the American Federation of Teachers “automatically changes the calculus” of a potential mayoral campaign. But apparently not enough to push the Chicago Teachers Union president any closer to deciding whether or not to actually run. “I want to run things on my time line,” Lewis told union members at Morgan Park’s Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. It was her third “conversation” with Chicagoans. And she’s got 74 more to go.


Rhea Bell, a parent, listens as speakers voice their opinions at a public hearing on changing the location of Horizon Science Academy-Clay Evans, a charter school that would open next month at 9130-40 S. Vincennes in Chatham. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Parents urge CPS to OK new Chatham site for Concept school

Chantay Moore plans to send her 5-year-old to kindergarten at the school, Horizon Science Academy-Clay Evans. She burst into tears while addressing the hearing officer charged with hosting the meeting to discuss the charter school operator’s proposed new location at 9130 S. Vincennes. “We do not have any other options in our neighborhood,” she said. Her daughter, Aniya, told the hearing officer, “I will be happy.”

Jennifer Hodge, principal of Our Lady of Victory school, greets children who entered the school on their very first day of school. Our Lady of Victory was one of three Catholic schools that escaped the budget ax last spring. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Northwest Side’s Our Lady of Victory lives up to its name

Tuesday marked the first day of school at Our Lady of Victory in Portage Park, the annual ritual taking on added significance this year. Not a tear was observed to fall from a child’s eye, but I can’t vouch for some of the parents who hurried away. Mostly there were smiles all around, which wasn’t the case just eight months ago when this Catholic elementary school was slated for closing by the Archdiocese of Chicago because of shaky finances


N'Dana Carter of The Mental Health Movement in 2012. File Photo. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

Mental health advocates blast Emanuel's clinic closings

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s two-year-old plan to close six of the city’s 12 mental health clinics came under withering attack Tuesday, with advocates accusing the mayor of throwing Chicago’s most vulnerable residents to the wolves.

Chicago Police officers questions a group of young men in the Austin neighborhood in 2003. Sun-Times File Photo by Robert A. Davis

Special rules apply for raising a boy who is brown

A Chicago mother writes that there is a clause in the rules of empowerment for a son who is brown. One day, she says, she will have to tell him the truth.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a news conference last week. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel urges his buddy Rauner to release full tax returns

Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged his buddy Bruce Rauner on Tuesday to release his full tax returns, calling it a “rite of passage” that candidates for public office simply cannot avoid.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel visits with home owners, Jayne Bousies and Rosalyn Foley, outside Patrick Henry Elementary school after a news conference at the school on Tuesday. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Emanuel laughs off Ed Kelly's 'suburbanite' label

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday laughed off former Chicago Park District Superintendent Ed Kelly’s simple but pointed analysis for why the mayor is having trouble connecting with Chicago voters: because he’s a “suburbanite” who will “never be a Chicago guy.”

Neil Steinberg takes the ice bucket challenge for ALS. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

My ice bucket list: Elena Kagan, Eric Zorn and Karen Lewis

Midafternoon Monday, my first day back at the office after a two-week vacation, I hop online, poke around and see what’s trending and, oh look, I’ve been tagged in a video. Let’s see what the video is: My older son and his pal Matthew, holding buckets, standing before the little fountain in downtown Northbrook. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a news conference earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt / Sun-Times

Emanuel stands pat on CPS hiring preference, despite Lewis blast

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday stood firm in his decision to give graduates of Chicago Public Schools a leg up on city jobs — including Chicago firefighters — despite surprise opposition from Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

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