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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

 
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Then state Sen. Kirk Dillard leaves the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. Dillard resigned earlier this month and was named chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. He presided over his first RTA meeting on Wednesday. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

Tax revenue surge fuels increase in transit agency budgets

A boost in six-county sales tax receipts is more than compensating for the operating hit January’s bitter cold caused the region’s transit agencies and should fuel fatter 2015 transit budgets, offi

Tom Ryan, president of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

CPS hiring preference not the only thing irking firefighters

A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the city’s firs

Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CTU president Lewis opens campaign fund for possible mayoral bid

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis inched closer to a formal bid to unseat Rahm Emanuel as mayor with the creation of a formal campaign committee with the State Board of Elections Wednesday morning.

Sen. Dick Durbin (second from left) is joined by other local officials at a news conference Wednesday calling for upgrades to tanker rail cars used to haul hazardous or flammable materials. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times

Durbin wants tank cars upgraded to avoid repeat of Quebec tragedy

Sen. Dick Durbin met with local officials Wednesday to look for ways to make sure a tragedy that occurred last year in Quebec is not repeated here. 

Jackie Robinson West Little League manager Darold Butler lifts third baseman Cam Bufford onto his shoulder and carries him off the field after Bufford's grand slam gave the Chicago team a 10-7 lead en route to a 12-7 win over New Albany, Ind., in the Little League Central Regional baseball championship game in Lawrence, Ind., on Aug. 9, 2014. | Charlie Nye/Indianapolis Star via AP

Gov helps Jackie Robinson West team’s coach cover his bases

Sneed hears that Gov. Pat Quinn, who was awed by Little League coach Darold Butler volunteering his time to Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team, called Butler’s boss to make sure his job was safe because he had to take time off from work.

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.

 
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