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Ald. John Pope (10th, left) with Thomas J. Sadzak, who works for the alderman despite being on the city's "do-not-hire" list.

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

Divvy bike station | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Steinberg’s Divvy Diary: Take my bike, please!

Ka-thunk! Of all the satisfying physical aspects of riding a Divvy bike in downtown Chicago — standing on the pedals to pick up speed and make it through that yellow light, dragging the pad of your thumb across the serrated wheel that rrrrings the bell — returning the blue bomber to its station port after a jaunt and slamming the thing home is one of the more satisfying. 

Anne Dias Griffin and Ken Griffin | File photo

Billionaire’s wife says she was coerced into signing pre-nup

It looks like the gloves are off in the divorce of one of Chicago’s wealthiest couples. In an explosive response to the divorce filing from her husband, billionaire investor Ken Griffin, Anne Dias Griffin filed a petition in Cook County court Tuesday demanding the couple’s premarital agreement be dissolved because it was signed under duress.

Chicago Police officers watch as paramedics attend to Marlon Horton, 28, who was shot by an officer outside a CHA building nearly a year ago. | Photo from surveillance video

Transcript raises serious questions on police shooting

Marlon Horton, 28, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer outside a CHA building nearly a year ago. The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera located in the lobby of the building at 1815 W. Monroe. On Wednesday, lawyers representing Horton’s family plan to distribute transcripts of the 911 calls the officers made after Horton was shot. Jarrod Horton, the deceased man’s older brother, called the shooting “barbaric” and “cold-blooded murder.”

Ira Goldman with his invention, the Knee Defender, at Washington's Reagan National Airport in 2003. Goldman invented the device, a beeper-sized block of plastic that lets airline passengers prevent the seat in front of them from reclining. (AP File Photo/Susan Walsh)

A knee-jerk reaction to the ‘right to recline’ debate

This is just so ridiculous that some airline passengers are going out and buying those Knee Defender gadgets to prevent the person in front of them from reclining their seat. I’m appalled. After all, as most tall people have learned by now, you can accomplish the same thing with the strategic use of the in-flight magazine, conveniently located in the seat pocket in front of you.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel gets good news from Wall Street — for a change

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 decision to double water and sewer rates over a four-year period--followed by annual rate hikes to keep pace with inflation — was a bitter pill to swallow for 5.3 million city and suburban customers. But it paid dividends on Wall Street Tuesday.

A man was shot by a Chicago Police officer in the 13300 block of South Forrestville on Aug. 19, 2014. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Attorney says feds investigating shootings by Chicago police

An attorney who specializes in representing cops in court has warned the president of the Fraternal Order of Police about a federal investigation into shootings by Chicago Police officers.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks last week during a rally at Jackie Robinson Park to celebrate the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars' national championship in the Little League World Series. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Jackie Robinson West did hard part, now it’s up to the rest of us

The story of Jackie Robinson West is also a reminder that a systemic problem in any of Chicago’s neighborhoods — violence, poverty, failing schools or homelessness — is a problem in our own. It’s something the politicians at Jackie Robinson West’s victory rally should remember, too: The victories of our youth come only when we take the steps necessary to prevent the losses.

Parents, let go of that leash

There’s a lot of chatter about policies banning cellphones and other electronics at many away camps. It’s not the kids who are bothered by the cellphone rule; they’re too busy having fun, making new friends. It’s the parents. They just can’t let go.

Dr. Jeffrey Cilley, General Oncologist at Swedish Covenant Hospital. | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times Media

Why the U.S. faces a doctor shortage

BY FIVE LEADING ILLINOIS DOCTORS: The U.S. population has surged by 40 million people, but there has been no growth in the publically funded resident training pipeline. Thus, the ratio of doctors serving patients has shrunk significantly, often leading to long waits for medical care or even a lack of access to physicians in some communities.

Ald. John Pope (10th, left) with Thomas J. Sadzak, who works for the alderman despite being on the city's "do-not-hire" list.

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

THE WATCHDOGS: Why did Ald. John Pope (10th) hire a man who had quit his job at the Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation as he was about to be fired over sexual harassment allegations leveled by a female laborer who said the man threatened to rape her if she didn’t stop complaining about him? Pope won’t say. The woman, who got a $99,000 settlement from the city, isn’t surprised the man landed another city job: “I don’t think he should be working for the city, but that’s the way politics are.”

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