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Patrick Daley Thompson — nephew of Richard M. and grandson of Richard J. — revealed last week that he will run for 11th Ward alderman. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

11th Ward's no shoo-in for a Daley anymore

Does a contentious Chicago City Council really want another Big Foot in City Hall? Is the 11th still your grandfather’s ward? Can progressives spoil the decades-long Daley party?

5 Seconds of Summer slips away, but O’Hare parking was cheap

There were 100 teenage girls crowded against a wall, facing a dozen Chicago and airport police. Waiting for a band. Five Seconds of Summer. One of the many vexing aspects of growing old is that band names mean nothing. Gibberish. I tried to go online and find out more, but O’Hare, unlike every coffee shop, charges $6.95 for Wi-Fi, except for a few travel sites. Which drives home just how unusual that $2 parking bargain truly is.

Emerald Society pipers march before the funeral of slain Chicago Police Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada at Holy Name Cathedral on Dec. 28, 2013. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

How Mayor Byrne helped Emerald Society start pipe band

The forgotten mayor: The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the Emerald Society of Illinois is prepared to pipe the music.

Court ruling a shot in the arm for Illinois labor

When the U.S. Supreme Court weakened labor protections for 26,000 home care providers in Illinois, most analysts saw it as a dire portent for unions representing low-wage workers. But home care workers in Illinois are determined to push back against this denial of their basic human, civil and labor rights.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel to require city contractors pay higher wages

The wage sage: Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is currently pushing for a minimum wage of $13, will take action next week to boost pay for certain minimum wage employees.

Cynthia M. Barnes. File Photo

Prostitute’s life, death messy — like trial of her accused killer

This was supposed to be the final chapter in my long-running saga on the death of homeless prostitute Cynthia Barnes with the conclusion of trial Friday for the man accused of killing her three years ago on the Southwest Side. But just as Barnes’ life and death were messy affairs, the trial also proved less than tidy with an unexpected delay mere minutes from the finish of closing arguments.

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Will Karen Lewis button down campaign with some history?

The blue button is back! Could the resurrection of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral blue campaign button . . . turn Mayor Rahm Emanuel red? Sneed is told a cache of blue buttons was delivered as a gift to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has yet to decide whether she will run for mayor.  The buttons are already being worn by some of her supporters, but are they soon to head to the street?

In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. (AP File Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization

It is time to call a halt to the War on Drugs. As LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) has concluded, the war has become a danger to public health and public safety, destroying lives and wasting billions on law enforcement.

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