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The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Gov. Pat Quinn (left) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives his speech in Cahn Auditorium at Northwestern University earlier this month. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rahm finally puts money where his mouth is for Quinn

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel finally put some juice behind his insisted endorsement of Gov. Pat Quinn, giving the Quinn campaign $175,000 in recent days, according to a new campaign finance filing.

City of Chicago Treasurer Stephanie D. Neely in 2012. File Photo. I Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

Sneed: City Treasurer Neely opting out of re-election bid?

Sneed exclusive ... Sneed hears rumbles City Treasurer Stephanie Neely may be this/close to pulling the plug on her job and opting to leave City Hall for a more lucrative job in the private sector.

 

Off Message: Karen Lewis' impact on Chicago

In light of the news about Karen Lewis' illness, Natasha Korecki is joined by Rosalind Rossi, Lauren FitzPatrick and Dan Mihalopoulos to reflect on Lewis' legacy and the mark she has left on Chicago up to this point.

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Clout contractor got $3.1 million in CPS work after City Hall ban

THE WATCHDOGS: Two years ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration banned Windy City Electric Co. from getting any more city business over allegations it fraudulently landed millions of dollars in city contracts set aside for companies owned by women and minorities. But the City Hall ban didn’t keep the politically connected electrical contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discussing his 2015 budget with the Sun-Times Editorial Board. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Election-year budget tackles tough issues — well, some of them

Mayor Rahm Emanuel took exception Wednesday to the characterization of his 2015 spending blueprint as an “election-year budget,” especially if that implies he is putting off tough decisions until after the voting.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel jokingly tells a parade participant to move along during the Memorial Day Parade on North State Street in 2011. Left of Emanuel is Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd). | Sun-Times library

Emanuel commits to debates—even without Karen Lewis in race

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he plans on waging a “vigorous campaign” for re-election that includes debates with Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), even though the field no longer includes Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel sees no need for voters to weigh in on the makeup of the school board. | Getty Images

Rahm decrees: No elected school board vote for you!

Every now and then Mayor Emanuel makes a comment about life in Chicago that is so preposterous you have to laugh out loud.

Radio talk show host William Kelly arrives at court in 2010 for CBS 2 reporter Jay Levine's trial on misdemeanor assault charges arising from an argument between the two at the Columbus Day Parade. Levine was found not guilty. File Photo by Brian Jackson.

Kelly blows funding caps to level ‘playing field’ in mayoral race

On the same day that Karen Lewis bowed out of the Chicago mayor's race for health reasons, another candidate sunk $100,000 of his own money into his campaign, which presumably blows the fund-raising caps in the race.

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