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Chicago Police Supt. wants to tweak a city ordinance that was intended to give officers more discretion to issue tickets instead of making arrests for small amounts of marijuana. | Gerry Images

McCarthy proposes plan to boost number of pot tickets

During her off hours, Chicago Police Officer Jennifer Maddox operates her own summer day for children in Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development in Woodlawn. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times Media

Cop's free day camp keeps kids off streets—and on path to success

In Parkway Gardens, a sprawling low-income housing development in Woodlawn, everybody from the itty-bitties to the gang leaders knows Officer Maddox. She’s the Chicago police officer who in her off hours runs a free summer day camp for the children there, funded in part from her own pocket. One of Maddox’s fellow police officers thought the rest of Chicago should know about her, too, and I agree.

Chicago Police Supt. wants to tweak a city ordinance that was intended to give officers more discretion to issue tickets instead of making arrests for small amounts of marijuana. | Gerry Images

McCarthy proposes plan to boost number of pot tickets

Changes could be on the way for a failed city ordinance that was intended to decriminalize possession of smaller amounts of marijuana. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he will recommend changes to help meet the original goal of the ordinance, which was to write more tickets and make fewer arrests — because so far, it hasn't worked out that way.

Ashley Bivins takes a selfie with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he visited with some young adults from the One Summer Chicago program, at the 63rd Street beach. Friday, August 1, 2014 | Brian Jackson / Sun-Times photos

Photos: Rahm joins One Chicago Summer for lakefront cleanup

PHOTOS: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Leslie Harrison dropped in on the One Summer Chicago workers cleaning up the 63rd Street beach on Friday morning to chat, supply energy bars and, of course, take selfies.

This rendering of the proposed presidential library is included in the bid to the Barack Obama Foundation from McCaffery Interests. Developer Dan McCaffery wants the library to be a focal point of his 589-acre Chicago Lakeside project, site of the former U.S. Steel South Works. | Rendering by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Obama Presidential Library roundup: A look at 7 major bidders

The Obama Presidential Library and Museum is a future gem supporters say will drive economic growth and help communities in need. The question is where will the 14th federal presidential library be located? 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a city forum last month. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he’ll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, speaks at an event in 2013. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Rev. Pfleger wants guns banned from all archdiocese buildings

Sneed exclusive: The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the peacemaker priest who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has a new anti-gun target. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Pfleger, the firebrand pastor of one of the largest African-American Catholic congregations in Chicago, now wants guns banned from all buildings belonging to the archdiocese.

Chicago's lakefront museum campus, seen here from the pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Drive, will get a lot more congested when the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opens on a proposed site south of Soldier Field. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a group of experts to come up with ways to deal with the added traffic. | AP Photo

Emanuel wants plan to ease museum campus bottleneck

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked policy experts and lakefront stakeholders to propose “transportation enhancements” to ease a museum campus bottleneck that will get worse with construction of the Lucas

Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, pauses from campaigning Wednesday to practice meditation with children at Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th St., during a summer program focusing on healthful living, led by Troy Withers, center. File Photo by Sun-Times Media

Does ‘Amara Enyia’ ring a bell? It will.

Precious Quinn had never heard of the woman who walked into her drama class in the basement of the Austin Community Resource Center on Wednesday  and stood watching their scenes, then was introduced by teacher Arraon Hixson. “My name is Amara Enyia,” she began. “I live in East Garfield Park. I work in Austin. I met Arraon a few years ago. Arraon’s been doing this work in theater for years, I always respected, always enjoyed it, and I am running for mayor of the city of Chicago.”

Former Chicago Police officer Slawomir Plewa was fired in 2013 and is trying to get his job back. A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled that he will get another hearing before the Chicago Police Board, but the judge also put no restrictions on how the board could rule, so members could just vote to fire Plewa again. | Photo provided

Judge rules fired officer should get new police board hearing

An officer fired last year after being charged in connection with a scheme to plant evidence should get a new Chicago Police Board hearing, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday. But Judge Diane Larsen put no restrictions on the board, meaning it could simply vote to fire Slawomir Plewa again.

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