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Rule changes proposed by a taxi drivers advocacy group are intended to improve the plight of Chicago cab drivers, who say they have taken a big financial hit under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. | Sun-Times File Photo

Group unveils plan to raise fares, boost cabdrivers' income

 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks during a roundtable discussion earlier this month. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

City’s cash balance, police arrests down — emergency responses up

Mayor Rahm Emanuel closed the books on 2013 with $33.9 million in cash on hand — virtually unchanged from last year, but down from $167 million two years ago, city audits show. Emanuel also failed to make a dent in the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers. The 2013 city audits provide a treasure trove of information about city finances and operations. 

Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton (left), the mother of Chicago shooting victim Hadiya Pendleton, stands next to Michelle Obama in U.S. House of Representatives before the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama on Feb. 12, 2013. | Courtesy ABC Network News

Will Michelle Obama speak up for Shamiya on Thursday?

The Shamiya tragedy: Sneed is wondering if the tragic death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover with friends Friday in West Garfield Park, will be addressed by first lady Michelle Obama when she hits town Thursday for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser.

Calling delayed tent removal ‘homeless outreach’ a bit of reach

City officials postponed a “homeless outreach” effort planned for Monday night in which Chicago Police and Park District security personnel were scheduled to root out individuals sleeping in tents along the north lakefront. It may be coincidental, but the change of plans didn’t come until late Monday afternoon after I’d made a few calls to learn more about the “outreach,” which sounded a lot like a sweep or crackdown to me.

Concept Schools offices in Des Plaines. | Dan Mihalopoulos/Sun-Times

Search warrants reveal details of FBI raid of Concept Schools

The recent FBI raid at the Des Plaines headquarters of Concept Schools focused on many of the politically connected charter-school operator’s top administrators and companies with close ties to Concept, according to federal documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Shaneetha Goodloe, right, mother of slain 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, attends a vigil Saturday in Chicago for her daughter who was killed by a stray bullet during a sleepover Friday night. (File Photo/Sun-Times Media, Alex Wroblewski)

Shootings dim Chicago summer’s allure

Summer always has felt like one sun-soaked gift to me. I savor it, like a coveted chocolate treat. But not this year. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces new investments in mentoring, after-school and summer programs at Harper High School, 6520 S. Wood St., last year. He was greeted by Marcus Norris, 16, and other members of Becoming A Man, a program for at-risk youths. | Sun-Times file photo

CPS expands math, sports mentoring program for troubled teens

The Chicago Public Schools will expand a sports-based mentoring program for troubled teens to 2,000 students at 37 schools and add “math tutoring on steroids” to three more schools. The expansion will be made possible by a $10 million infusion of federal funds authorized by President Barack Obama.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Police Supt. Gary McCarthy as well as federal and state officials and community and religious leaders at a summit on violence held Monday at the Chicago Police Department headquarters. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Another bloody weekend precedes summit on violence in Chicago

Tackling the problem of violence in Chicago is not just a matter for law enforcement but also must involve good parents and good schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday before a summit on violence, held at the Chicago Police Department's South Side headquarters.

Rule changes proposed by a taxi drivers advocacy group are intended to improve the plight of Chicago cab drivers, who say they have taken a big financial hit under Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration. | Sun-Times File Photo

Group unveils plan to raise fares, boost cabdrivers' income

Mileage and waiting times that drive up Chicago taxicab fares would rise by 25 percent under a 10-point plan proposed Monday to put more money into the pockets of struggling cabbies.

Ramesh Patel, senior director of pharmacy services, has worked at Swedish Covenant Hospital for 36 years and would oversee the hospital's medical marijuana pharmacy. "We are already a secure pharmacy," he says, "so we feel that for a marijuana clinic this would be the perfect location." | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Hospital sales of medical marijuana fraught with questions

Swedish Covenant Hospital on the city’s Northwest Side would like to be the first hospital in Illinois to be able to sell medical marijuana to its patients but faces a slew of obstacles. Other hospitals are leery.

 
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