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Protestors wave signs and chant on Wednesday outside the Chicago Public Schools headquarters, 125 S. Clark St. They opposed putting three CPS in "turnaround" and handing them over to a private operator. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Despite pleas, CPS turns three schools over to private operator

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits.

Carla Oglesby is shown on an earlier visit to the federal courthouse in Chicago. Friends and relatives wrote dozens of letters to the judge in her money laundering case, praising her kindness and humility and seeking leniency. The judge sentenced her to 6 1/2 years in prison. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

Letters to judge praise convicted Stroger aide as humble, kind

Dozens of letters to a federal judge praised Carla Oglesby, a former aide to then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger as humble, helpful and kind. Prosecutors see her differently. Oglesby was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for money-laundering and theft.

President Barack Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., earlier this month. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday unveiled plans to use $60 million in tax increment financing funds to build another selective-enrollment high school for 1,200 students to be named for President Barack Obama.

Former Ald. Bernie Stone (50th) | File photo

Ex-Ald. Stone 'scared' by 2007 letter with white powder

Ex-Ald. Stone 'scared' after opening letter with white powderFormer Ald. Bernie Stone testified Thursday that he was scared he’d been poisoned by anthrax when he opened a threatening letter sent to his ward office that was packed with white powder.

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