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President Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn order breakfast during a surprise visit to Valois Cafeteria in Chicago on May 23, 2014. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile Dems to hit city to raise cash, boost Quinn

WASHINGTON — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has a string of high-profile surrogates hitting Chicago for him in the coming days to raise funds and rally the Democratic base: both Obamas, Virginia Gov.

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks at a ceremony launching Chicago Carriage Cab Co. in 2003. File photo originally downloaded from the firm's website.

Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits. We received yet another reminder of that Monday with the indictment of a Chicago cab operator Alexsandr Igolnikov.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel signs an executive order requiring city contractors to pay a $13 minimum wage on Sept. 3. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Single moms need a minimum wage hike

A new report by the U.S. Census Bureau found that even as the national poverty rate declines, it remains more than two points higher than before the start of the Great Recession. But it gets worse. The report also found that children under the age of six whose mothers are single live in poverty at more than five times the rate for children whose parents are married. If there was ever a time to raise the minimum wage, it is now.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about Great Lakes water quality, pot and other topics at a news conference at the Shedd Aquarium last week. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Time to grade mayor’s performance

Where does the time go? It’s been more than three years since we sat down with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to review the promises and progress of his first 100 days in office in an interview that was broadcast live on the Better Government Association’s website. Well, this is a good time for the BGA to hold the mayor accountable on a few of his “good government” goals.

Rep. Christian Mitchell. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

No black agenda on the election table

Scattered, divided, leaderless: an apt capsulation of the state of the African American policy agenda in the run-up to the Nov. 4 statewide elections. Just five weeks out, the state of the black community is downright medieval. There is no unified, specified black agenda on the political table. The election is generating scarce energy, enthusiasm or engagement. What do “we” want? 

Simone de Beauvoir and her companion, French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, attend a reception in Paris in 1974. | AP file photo

Simone de Beauvoir’s thoughts on race echo today

Every night I go to bed with a French woman. My wife doesn’t mind, because the French woman is dead. So I’m not climbing under the covers with Simone de Beauvoir, herself, alas, but with her book, “America Day by Day,” an account of her visit to the United States for a four-month lecture tour in 1947.

Illinois 10: Dold's ob-gyn sister stars in ad aimed at women

WASHINGTON — With the Planned Parenthood Action Fund endorsing Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., a new television spot by former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., features his pregnant ob-gyn sister, Dr. Kristie Dold Bennett, vouching for him on women’s reproductive issues. Meanwhile, the latest Schneider ad reminds voters Dold is a Republican — a party label Dold is aggressively playing down.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama board Air Force One on Thursday before heading to Washington from New York | Julio Cortez/AP

Obamas stump for Quinn: President on Thursday, Michelle, Oct. 7

WASHINGTON — Gov. Pat Quinn is getting a double dose of help from the White House in his re-election battle; I’ve learned first lady Michelle Obama hits Chicago on Oct. 7 to headline a rally for the governor. She comes home after President Barack Obama stumps for Quinn in Chicago on Thursday.

Former Sen. Roland Burris in his Chatham home in 2011. File Photo. | Brian Jackson~Chicago Sun-Times

Burris revelation raises more questions in already puzzling case

An already bizarre trial involving allegations an African despot hired a pair of obscure South Side businessmen to overturn U.S. sanctions against his regime — with the help of Illinois politicians — took an even stranger detour Friday. In the process, former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris got sideswiped, if not outright run over, with completely unrelated — and to this point unsubstantiated — accusations he once tried to shake down a contractor while in office. Burris might be asking what he did to find himself in the middle of this mess, or just maybe he knows.


Then House Republican Leader Tom Cross (R-Oswego), flanked by State Rep. Darlene Senger (R-Naperville), at a news conference last year at North Central College. File Photo. | Jeff Cagle~For Sun-Times Media

Making up a treasurer hunt map

One of the first axioms of a political campaign is define your opponent before he/she has a chance to. In race for state treasurer, Democrat Mike Frerichs has been trying his best to define Republican Tom Cross. The real mistake for the rest of us, says Illinois state government expert Charles Wheeler, is thinking that the Treasurer’s office is anything more than a stepping-stone to higher office.

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