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"Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas (pictured in January 2014). | Getty Images

Emanuel to Chicago civic leaders: Find spot for Lucas museum

Charter school principal proposes buying school shut by CPS

Despite a pledge by CPS not to allow any charter schools to move into the dozens of schools that were shuttered last year, a charter school principal on Thursday night proposed doing just that. Legacy Charter School Principal Lisa Kenner said her 500 students are running out of room at their current location and proposed buying Pope Elementary, 1852 S. Albany, from Chicago Public Schools.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) and Rahm Emanuel at a hearing on the Obama presidential library on Thursday at the Bilandic Building,160 N. LaSalle, in Chicago. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Madigan wants city to unite behind location for Obama library

The team of rivals angling to land the Obama presidential library and museum — Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago — united on Thursday to encourage the state of Illinois to appropriate $100 million for the project, to help lure it to the city. With little discussion and with no opposition, a state House panel advanced to the House floor the Obama library $100 million sweetener championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago. 

Alan Sepinwall compares television shows from the 70's and 80's to today at the Early & Often launch event Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the University Club of Chicago. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

'Embrace the crazy,' Sepinwall says of TV political dramas

“Just embrace the crazy sometimes.”

That’s Alan Sepinwall’s advice for too-serious TV political dramas like the Netflix series “House of Cards.”

CTU jabs at Rauner with cartoon

Citing on Thursday "the blatant hypocrisy of Bruce Rauner," Chicago Teachers Union attorney inked a cartoon mocking the Republican gubernatorial candidate's transformation from well-dressed suit to ordinary joe in plaid, comparing him to failed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Joe Ferguson, Chicago's inspector general, detailed more wrongdoing by city employees in his quarterly report, released on Thursday. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ferguson's quarterly report includes crimes large and small

As usual,  the quarterly report from Chicago’s inspector general, Joe Ferguson, includes no names of accused employees but plenty of other details about what they’re accused of doing. They include allegations of drinking on the job, driving city vehicles home and taking scrap metal from city sites — during business hours — and selling it to scrap dealers, thus pocketing thousands of dollars.

Bruce Rauner. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Illinois State Medical Society backs Rauner with $150k

The Illinois State Medical Society PAC has pumped $150,000 into the campaign account of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, state reports show. The money was part of a Rauner campaign filing on Thursday that reflected more than $350,000 to the candidate. 

Cook County loses billions in tax dollars to collar counties

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to make the bitter pill of a $250 million property tax increase to save two city employee pension funds easier to swallow for aldermen, but even if he does that, the backlash from residents could be costly.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform plan will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded. | AP

Analysis: Pension reforms to cost workers $55 million by 2025

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise employee contributions by 29 percent to save two city employee pension funds will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded.

LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama presidential library: Panel advances $100 million boost

An Illinois state House panel on Thursday advanced a plan championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to appropriate $100 million in state funds to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago.

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