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Amer Ahmad, 39, fled to Pakistan after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. He has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds seek to extradite Emanuel's ex-comptroller from Pakistan

 
Sen. Mark Kirk's staff released this photo that they said was mold at Hines VA hospital. | Photo provided

Kirk continues to push for changes at Hines VA Hospital

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said on Friday that in a face-to-face meeting, he urged the head of the Hines VA Hospital to get a criminal defense attorney, since he will recommend an FBI investigation of the facility.

Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin. | Andrew Campbell photography

Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin’s wife

Sneed is told that billionaire CEO Ken Griffin stunned his estranged second wife, Anne Dias Griffin, by filing for divorce Wednesday just before the courts closed while she and their three children were en route out of the country. News of the powerhouse couple’s divorce proceedings sent shockwaves throughout the philanthropic community, which is indebted to the couple’s generosity. It also saddened close friends.

North Riverside puts plan to privatize fire department on hold

A controversial plan to privatize North Riverside’s fire department was put on hold Thursday while the village continues to negotiate with the firefighter’s union. A vote on the issue had been expected at a special meeting Thursday night, according to Trustee H. Bob Demopoulos. But Mayor Hubert Hermanek Jr. said a vote on privatization was not planned for the meeting. “Whoever told you [there was a vote] was wrong. We’re in negotiations,” he said.

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Seeing Richard Branson in a tub offers clarity

Richard Branson is taking a bath. Or was, 23 minutes ago. I know this as a fact because he tweeted a photo of himself, in the tub, discreetly shielded by bubbles, thank God. “Right now I’m delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath,” he wrote. Oh wait, “had” — the bath might be over by now. In fact, by the time you read this, the bath is certainly over. Let’s start again. Richard Branson took a bath.

Amer Ahmad, 39, fled to Pakistan after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. He has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds seek to extradite Emanuel's ex-comptroller from Pakistan

Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite Amer Ahmad, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former City Hall comptroller, from Pakistan, where Ahmad fled — using a fake passport — after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio.

The Cook County Jail in 2013. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Cook County Jail keeps a neighborhood quiet

The massive compound that is the Cook County Jail bears down on the Little Village neighborhood of South Sacramento Avenue between 26th and 31st streets. A towering concrete slab walls off the inmates’ exercise yard from the neighborhood, though from the right angle residents can see basketball hoops in the yard. From a certain vantage point, inmates can see the residents, too. To live here means the sights and sounds of the jail, a 96-acre facility, are not at all bothersome.

 
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