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Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, shown in front of the Aqua Tower her firm designed, will be part of the design team for the new museum filmmaker George Lucas wants to build along Lake Michigan. | Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Architects' team for Lucas museum includes designer of Aqua Tower

 
Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, shown in front of the Aqua Tower her firm designed, will be part of the design team for the new museum filmmaker George Lucas wants to build along Lake Michigan. | Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Architects' team for Lucas museum includes designer of Aqua Tower

Jeanne Gang will design a bridge that will connect the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from its proposed site on Chicago’s Museum Campus to Northerly Island, officials announced Monday. She and her firm, Studio Gang, will also lead the landscape design for the museum.

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Chicago Teachers Union, progressives form new Chicago coalition

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups — including the Chicago Teachers Union — and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell tells Early & Often.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. (left); Ald. Jason Ervin (28th); Katelyn Johnson of Raise Illinois; Gov. Pat Quinn, and U.S. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., shout 'Raise the Rate' at a rally Sunday at Federal Plaza. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media Tanaka, Kevin

Dem leaders urge minimum wage hike, criticize Rauner, Oberweis

Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky dished out plenty of populist red meat while kicking off the campaign for Quinn’s minimum wage ballot referendum. The measure is nonbinding, but proponents hope a “yes” vote will encourage the Legislature to increase the state’s $8.25 minimum wage to $10. 

Slawomir Plewa, a former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back.

Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force

A former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back. Slawomir Plewa could be back on the streets, even though the Chicago Police Department is fighting the fired cop’s efforts in court.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks at the crowd before a news conference Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Teens grill mayor about city violence

Shortly after Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced an 18-year-old teen had been charged in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling from teens on the South Side.

Hertha Ramirez leads her CPS pre-school class down the hallway at Socrates School in 2005/Patrick L. Pyszka

Sneed: Free Pre-K on the way?

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is this/close to rolling out a plan to fund free preschool enrollment for 4-year-olds from low income families.

Mayor Richard M. Daley hosts a fund-raiser for his former nemesis, Helen Shiller, at O'Brien's Restaurant in Old Town in 2007. (File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

Ex-Ald. Shiller may not be a lock for new Council analyst post

After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, there’s a last-ditch effort under way to prevent former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) from becoming the new, $107,000-a-year City Council Financial Analyst, City Hall sources said Friday. A seven-member selection committee will meet Tuesday to choose the person who will run the $485,000-a-year independent budget office.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin at the the ATF's downtown office after touring the agency's new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center. Photo by Art Golab.

Durbin touts Chicago's new gun crime intelligence center

In the wake of a wave of shootings and gun violence in Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center that opened here in June. The center, run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will serve as a clearinghouse of data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year.

Standing up to the People of the Gun

It’s a picture-perfect summer day, bright sun, sparkling skies. And here I am, stuck waiting for another press conference in another stuffy meeting room. Up front stood a bundle of boys and girls, 25 or so, preschoolers in pigtails, strapping youths sporting football jerseys, assembled at the podium, to pose with the politicians and preachers. What’s wrong with this picture? 

Ivan Capifali using a noise meter when he worked as a project coordinator for the city Department of Environment in 2007. File Photo. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

City official with past work problems taken in at city pound

When Rahm Emanuel was elected, Ivan Capifali was a mid-level bureaucrat at the city’s Department of Environment. When Emanuel eliminated that department months later, Capifali was laid off. But he rebounded quickly. Capifali was named the deputy director of Animal Care and Control and given a $20,000 raise. But why he got the job isn’t totally clear. He admits not having any experience in animal rescue and welfare.  And his personnel file reveals problems that ended with three separate disciplinary suspensions.

 

 
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