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Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’

As one of 50 aldermen, Bob Fioretti could rail against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, cast his votes in the City Council – and pretty much avoid the most intense scrutiny. Now, as the first potentially serious challenger to the mayor’s re-election bid, Fioretti also must account for whatever is packed away in the baggage he’s brought with him to the February 2015 election campaign.

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, in Lagos, in May. | AP Photo

Is the bad news about women really good?

Hundreds of girls in Nigeria are kidnapped by insurgents. In Eastern Europe, women are raped as a strategy of war. An NFL star slugs his wife in a jarring video. Women worldwide fight for basic rights — to drive, to go to school. Taken together, you might easily think that the rights of women are ebbing. You’d be wrong, according to Canadian journalist Sally Armstrong, who travels the world reporting on women’s issues.

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla., on June 18, 2013. | Chris O’Meara/AP

Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC

President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Sept. 10, vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist." On Monday, the finalists for the Obama library and museum were announced: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. | Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document called a “Request for Proposal” that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis earlier this month. | Tom Gannam/AP

Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

Adrian Peterson’s indictment exposes the changing views on child abuse. Peterson, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings, was charged last week with “negligent injury to a child” for an incident in which he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But Peterson, who acknowledged his father whupped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. 

Economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich shown in the 2013 film "Inequality For All." | Victoria Will/Invision/AP

What they're not teaching at Harvard Business School

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School — inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 50 years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

Cartoonist Jack Higgins on Daley development deal

Three years after leaving City Hall, former Mayor Richard M. Daley has gone after a government contract in Chicago, apparently for the first time, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. 

Here's editorial cartoonist Jack Higgins' take on it:

First lady Michelle Obama (left) is greeted by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn after being introduced at a voter registration rally on Sept. 8 in Atlanta. | David Goldman/AP

Michelle Obama for Senate? Talk about fun

Imagine the brouhaha if Obama even waved her manicured toe over Illinois’ political waters. If come 2016, the GOP discovers that the Obamas are not going away quietly?

Pension crisis spills over into suburbs

Unless you’ve been living in the Deep Tunnel, you’ve probably heard the State of Illinois is facing a daunting public employee pension crisis, and Chicago — mainly its schools and municipal government — is tiptoeing around similar fiscal land mines that could blow up in the faces of retirees and taxpayers.

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