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Kenneth C. Griffin and his wife, Anne Dias Griffin. | Andrew Campbell photography

Timing of divorce filing stuns billionaire Ken Griffin’s wife

Sneed is told that billionaire CEO Ken Griffin stunned his estranged second wife, Anne Dias Griffin, by filing for divorce Wednesday just before the courts closed while she and their three children were en route out of the country. News of the powerhouse couple’s divorce proceedings sent shockwaves throughout the philanthropic community, which is indebted to the couple’s generosity. It also saddened close friends.

President Barack Obama addresses a crowd at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles on Thursday. | Ed Crisostomo/Orange County Register/Pool photo

Obama takes on ‘corporate deserters’ in push to close loophole

President Barack Obama called companies that re-incorporate overseas to avoid taxes “corporate deserters” on Thursday, stepping up a drive to close a tax loophole that could affect deals already in the works for Walgreens and AbbVie, two giant firms headquartered in Chicago’s suburbs.

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Seeing Richard Branson in a tub offers clarity

Richard Branson is taking a bath. Or was, 23 minutes ago. I know this as a fact because he tweeted a photo of himself, in the tub, discreetly shielded by bubbles, thank God. “Right now I’m delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath,” he wrote. Oh wait, “had” — the bath might be over by now. In fact, by the time you read this, the bath is certainly over. Let’s start again. Richard Branson took a bath.

What's different in Israel this time

Israel begins another day of Operation Protective Edge, its assault on Gaza, the country also faces an ending that’s going relatively unnoticed around the world: Shimon Peres leaves public office t

The Cook County Jail in 2013. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Cook County Jail keeps a neighborhood quiet

The massive compound that is the Cook County Jail bears down on the Little Village neighborhood of South Sacramento Avenue between 26th and 31st streets. A towering concrete slab walls off the inmates’ exercise yard from the neighborhood, though from the right angle residents can see basketball hoops in the yard. From a certain vantage point, inmates can see the residents, too. To live here means the sights and sounds of the jail, a 96-acre facility, are not at all bothersome.

Gov. Pat Quinn (center) talks about Tonya Gunn, who was killed by gun violence, as U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (right) Tonya's daughter Destiny Fields, 11, (left) and Tonya's mother Sandra Gunn (left center) listen during a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Despite troubled program, Quinn has supported underdogs

Gov. Pat Quinn’s compassion is his saving grace. For months, Quinn has been getting pummeled by the press because of the problems uncovered in his Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. The initiative was supposed to help struggling communities provide safety nets for its youth, but is now being characterized as a “political slush fund,” and a “get-out-the-vote” effort.  Only a few clergy, one of them the Rev. Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, have rallied to the governor’s side. 

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Ald. Cappleman figures he has license to act this way

This has been quite a week for Ald. James Cappleman (46th) LCSW. If you don’t know, LCSW stands for licensed clinical social worker, which is Cappleman’s profession by training, as he always makes sure to remind everyone. Cappleman brought it up again Wednesday while explaining why he opposes Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed moratorium on redeveloping or demolishing the city’s dwindling supply of single-room occupancy and residential hotels.

Targeting civilians is Hamas strategy

It’s pretty clear that the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine didn’t deliberately target a civilian jetliner; they thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian military plane. It’s crystal clear that Hamas is aiming rockets at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and a missile hitting an airliner taking off, landing or on the ground would be a deliberate attack on a civilian plane.

After inviting Mayor Byrne to lead off Hike for Hearts in 1980, Shelby Norris, a Chicago Heart Association representative, gives her a kiss.

A ‘perfect’ way to honor the legacy of Jane Byrne

An icon is about to be honored. The selection of a fitting city monument to honor the legacy of former Mayor Jane Byrne, the city’s only female mayor, is coming to a close.

 
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