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Ald. Brendan Reilly said he has asked the Chicago Park District to allow leashed dogs on the pedestrian paths in Maggie Daley Park and in newly-renovated Peanut Park in Grant Park. | Maggie Daley Park construction cam photo

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

 
Erana Jackson (left), of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, was among the protesters who gathered outside the new Chicago Public Schools headquarters in the Loop on Wednesday morning. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Protesters want elected Chicago Public Schools board

The group — a coalition of neighborhood groups and members of the Chicago Teachers Union — boasted it had collected enough signatures in 37 wards to pose a non-binding question to Chicagoans on their February ballots, asking if residents want an elected school board.

Ald. Brendan Reilly said he has asked the Chicago Park District to allow leashed dogs on the pedestrian paths in Maggie Daley Park and in newly-renovated Peanut Park in Grant Park. | Maggie Daley Park construction cam photo

Reilly urges residents to howl about dog ban at Maggie Daley Park

In the Dec.16 edition of his email newsletter to constituents, Ald. Brendan Reilly sided with residents of surrounding high-rises who have bemoaned the Park District’s decision to ban dogs at Maggie Daley Park, just as they did at Millenium Park.

Joseph Baar Topinka speaks Wednesday morning during the memorial service for his mom, former Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, at Local 150 Headquarters in Countryside. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial

Late Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka has been remembered as a tough, honest leader with a signature sense of humor.

Candidate for Illinois governor Judy Baar Topinka with her two dogs — a Scottish terrier and a beagle — during a campaign stop at the Troy Township Republican headquarters in Shorewood in April 2006. | Sun-Times Media file photo

Judy Baar Topinka’s dogs find a home

The two beloved dogs belonging to our irrepressible state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka — who died after a stroke on Dec. 10 — just got rescued.

Investigator for City Council IG faces ethics questions

The chief investigator for the City Council’s embattled inspector general soon could find herself answering questions instead of just asking them. Kelly Tarrant, the top aide to council I.G. Faisal Khan, is facing an investigation into whether her moonlighting as a political operative last year conflicted with her taxpayer-funded role as a corruption fighter.

Frank Avila Jr., an attorney representing businessman Willie Wilson, on Tuesday accuses Mayor Rahm Emanuel of "disenfranchising" African-American voters by challenging Wilson's nominating petitions. (Photo by Fran Spielman).

Willie Wilson accuses Emanuel of disenfranchising black voters

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was accused Tuesday of “disenfranchising” African-American voters with a petition challenge that seeks to knock millionaire businessman Willie Wilson off the Feb. 24 mayoral ballot.

Nicholas J. Schuler Jr.

CPS has a new inspector general

The Board of Education is expected on Wednesday to acknowledge the district’s new inspector general, Nicholas J. Schuler Jr., who is charged with keeping an eye on the $6 billion agency and its 41,000 employees for the next four years.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said repeatedly that the Chicago pension reform bill is different from the state legislation because the city changes were negotiated with and agreed to by city unions. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Unions sue to stop Chicago pension overhaul

Current and retired city workers and their labor unions have filed a lawsuit arguing a law overhauling Chicago's pension systems is unconstitutional.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy attended the Mayor's Commission for a Safer Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center. It was a release of a report and recommendation which addresses youth violence. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Emanuel: Recent slaying gives urgency to report's recommendations

As city leaders Tuesday unveiled a new “road map” to combat violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said last weekend’s slaying of Johnson College Prep student Demario Bailey highlights the importance of not letting the new report “gather dust.”

Nadia Meza and Sandra Rodriguez are trying to get health insurance with help from Diane Sanders, an in-person counselor for Affordable Care Act at Sinai Community Institute. | Monifa Thomas/Sun-Times

Chicagoans rush to enroll for Obamacare

Many Chicagoans rushed to buy or renew a health insurance plan through President Barack Obama’s health care plan for their coverage to kick in Jan. 1.  But apparently not everyone succeeded.

 
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