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Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Aramark, hired to clean Chicago Public Schools, had better clean up its act. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rahm to Aramark: Clean up the schools or clean out your desks

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said increasing health-insurance premiums for city retirees is just another one of the tough decisions he's had to make to get the city's financial house in order. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel defends 40-percent hike in city retiree health premiums

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his decision to save $27 million in 2015 by raising monthly health-insurance premiums by 40 percent for 25,000 city retirees, saying a recent Ilinois Supreme Court ruling protecting subsidized premiums for state employees is "totally different."

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU?

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Monday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Aramark, hired to clean Chicago Public Schools, had better clean up its act. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rahm to Aramark: Clean up the schools or clean out your desks

Responding to reports of filthy conditions inside Chicago Public Schools after privatizing janitorial management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Aramark could "clean out the schools, or they can clean out

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis earlier this month. | Tom Gannam/AP

Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

Adrian Peterson’s indictment exposes the changing views on child abuse. Peterson, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings, was charged last week with “negligent injury to a child” for an incident in which he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But Peterson, who acknowledged his father whupped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. 

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks to members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday afternoon at Maggiano's. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable

Chicago Public Schools is holding its private cleaning contractors accountable for complaints of filthy buildings being lodged by principals, and conditions will change, CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told reporters Monday after speaking to the City Club of Chicago. “We recognize obviously it has not been as smooth as we would like. I think in a very short time, you’ll see a change,” Byrd-Bennett said after a half-hour speech lauding recent successes at CPS.

Teachers at Marshall High School are upset at the removal of their principal. Angel Johnson had been at the West Side neighborhood high school since 2010. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Marshall H.S. principal's ouster sparks confusion, questions

The timing of the sudden replacement of Marshall High School principal Angel Johnson just weeks into school had the West Side high school’s community confused and upset on Monday.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), a recently announced candidate for mayor, is criticizing a plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to increase health insurance costs for retired city workers. | Richard Chapman/Sun-Times

Fioretti blasts Emanuel for socking it to retirees on health care

A plan by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to hike health-insurance premiums for 25,000 retired city workers will push those retirees closer to poverty, says mayoral challenger Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd).

Cartoonist Jack Higgins on Daley development deal

Three years after leaving City Hall, former Mayor Richard M. Daley has gone after a government contract in Chicago, apparently for the first time, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. 

Here's editorial cartoonist Jack Higgins' take on it:

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