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Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

Rendering of a planned arena near McCormick Place. A contract to design and build the arena and an adjacent hotel was approved Tuesday by the McPier board. | Provided

Contract approved to build arena/hotel near McCormick Place

A contract to design and build a $564 million event center and hotel complex in the South Loop was awarded on Tuesday to Prairie District 3 Partners.

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations. 

Obama schedule, guidance Nov. 25, 2014 Chicago immigration speech

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday makes a daytrip to Chicago to bolster public support for him immigration executive actions. After landing at O'Hare, Obama will host a roundtable discussion with community leaders and then deliver a speech at the  Copernicus Community Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, run by a foundation deeply involved in Polish and Polish-American issues. The selection of the Jefferson Park venue - serving a community which includes illegal immigrants -  will allow Obama to underscore his point that illegal immigration is not just a Hispanic issue. Obama is likely to add another event to his Chicago stop.


A couple embraces as a grand jury's decision is delivered Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Reaction to Michael Brown shooting boils down to trust

The worst part of the Michael Brown police-involved shooting was the waiting: Waiting for his dead body to be removed from the street. Waiting for his devastated parents to express their anguish. Waiting for the authorities to identify Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as the man who killed the 18-year-old . . . 

Shoppers walk past the Santa Claus photo booth in at the Westfield Mall in Annapolis, Maryland, last week. AFP FILE PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

The real reason we’re offended by stores opening on Thanksgiving

Oh my gosh, the thought that someone could purchase Aunt Jane’s Christmas present on Thanksgiving Day sure has left us with our collective shorts in a knot, hasn’t it? My initial reaction when I heard this year’s growing outcry over more retail stores opting to open on Thanksgiving: what a bunch of hypocrites.

Archbishop Blase Cupich at St. Agatha Parish, 3147 W. Douglas, on Sunday. File Photo | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Cupich eyeing women for top leadership positions

Pew news . . .Nave notes: Advised by a cadre of concerned priests and laity to clean out the old wood at the chancery, Sneed hears the Chicago’s new archbishop is eyeing the installation of women in top leadership positions.

Tom Leach (right), director of public information for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, with Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal (left) in 2004. File Photo by Jim Frost/Sun-Times.

Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets

Tom Leach never did write that book. Leach, one of the city’s most liked and respected public relations men during his long tenure at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, died Sunday from lung cancer. He was 76. With his death, Leach takes with him a lifetime of unprinted and unprintable stories gleaned as a former newsman working deep inside Chicago government and politics. 

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia files in excess of 63,000 nominating petitions for Chicago Mayor | Photo by Natasha Korecki

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayoral race

With the filing deadline closed, the list of Chicago mayoral hopefuls ballooned Monday, the final day of filing nominating petitions for next year’s city elections. 

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