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Hertha Ramirez leads her CPS pre-school class down the hallway at Socrates School in 2005/Patrick L. Pyszka

Sneed: Free Pre-K on the way?

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is this/close to rolling out a plan to fund free preschool enrollment for 4-year-olds from low income families.

Amer Ahmad, 39, fled to Pakistan after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio. He has admitted in Pakistani court that he forged documents to flea to his parents’ homeland. He remains jailed in the city of Lahore. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds seek to extradite Emanuel's ex-comptroller from Pakistan

Federal prosecutors are seeking to extradite Amer Ahmad, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former City Hall comptroller, from Pakistan, where Ahmad fled — using a fake passport — after pleading guilty last year to public corruption charges in Ohio.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined by Chicago Police Supt. Gary McCarthy as well as federal and state officials and community and religious leaders at a summit on violence held Monday at the Chicago Police Department headquarters. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Another bloody weekend precedes summit on violence in Chicago

Tackling the problem of violence in Chicago is not just a matter for law enforcement but also must involve good parents and good schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday before a summit on violence, held at the Chicago Police Department's South Side headquarters.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) at a City Council meeting in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Will progressives flop again?

“The Left Blows its Big Chance,” read the February 2011 headline. My column predicted that Chicago’s so-called progressives would fail in their crusade to win the 5th Floor of City Hall. Three weeks later, Rahm Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago. Will they blow it again? 

Off Message: Chicago Mayoral Race

Natasha Korecki, Mary Mitchell, Neil Steinberg and Mary Ann Ahern discuss the state of the mayoral race after Toni Preckwinkle announced she's not running.

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks at a roundtable discussion earlier this month.File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Police abuse allegations finally go public

We stand at a watershed in the long history of efforts to address patterns of police abuse in Chicago. On March 10, the state appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police misconduct are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced that it will not appeal Kalven and that it has adopted a set of procedures for implementing the decision.

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