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Nanci Koschman | Peter Holderness / Sun-Times

Judge rips defendants but dismisses Koschman 'cover-up' lawsuit

A federal judge blasted the Chicago Police Department and Cook County state’s attorney’s office but dismissed a lawsuit that accused police, prosecutors and City Hall of an “official cover-up” to keep former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko from being charged in the death of David Koschman. Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer cited the statute of limitations. But she said, "Many of the defendants . . . chose deliberately not to investigate [the case] or to exaggerate, twist or even manufacture evidence that minimized or exonerated Mr. Vanecko’s involvement."

Gov. Pat Quinn talks to Darold Butler, coach of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, during Wednesday's rally at Jackie Robinson Park. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

PHOTOS: Politicians cheer on Jackie Robinson West

Thousands cheered on Jackie Robinson West during their downtown rally on Wednesday, and a handful of politicians were on hand as well.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Emanuel fights back against 'murder capital' stigma

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he's more concerned with the opinions of city residents, but that doesn't mean he won't fight back against how Chicago's crime problem is perceived nationally.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times

CPS graduation rate jumps 4 percent in one year to record high

The latest evidence of CPS progress is a record high school graduation rate of 69.4 percent for the last school year, a 4 percent increase from just a year ago. It may not sound like much that seven out of 10 CPS students are graduating from high school — until you compare it to the 58.3 percent who were graduating just three years ago. Even more significant, research by the University of Chicago has projected that more than 80 percent of last year’s high school freshmen are on track to graduate.

From left, Gov. Pat Quinn, Vice President Joe Biden, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel participate in a roundtable discussion with small business owners to highlight the importance of raising the minimum wage on Monday. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Biden, Emanuel, Quinn talk minimum wage in Chicago

Vice President Joe Biden visited Chicago on Monday for fund-raising but first stopped for a talk about the minimum wage with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and others.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Who said it: Karen Lewis or Rahm Emanuel?

Here's your chance to see how well you know Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.

Bob Crawford, veteran WBBM-AM City Hall reporter, shown here in 2001. (File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

How to press a candidate who lives in a bubble

Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, has created an almost impenetrable bubble around his candidacy to prevent the press from getting too close. But he’s just the most recent in a long line of politicians to do so.

Off Message: Rahm and the Unions

Natash Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Mark Brown and Kristen Crowell to discuss Rahm Emanuel's relationship with unions, both the ones that support him and the ones that oppose him.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis talks about her childhood, her father, the minimum wage, potholes and other topics Thursday night before nearly 100 people who packed into chicken restaurant Thursday night in the Little Village neighborhood. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis says dad seeded her populist platform

Sounding like a budding superhero trying to sell her origin story, possible mayoral candidate Karen Lewis delved into her formative years Thursday night before nearly 100 people who had packed into a chicken restaurant in the Little Village neighborhood. On Saturdays, her father would take her for rides in his raggedy old Plymouth, which she called the “Flintstone car.” She joked that if you pulled up the floor mats, you could see the pavement. At age 7, on of those rides, her dad told her, “You get an education, you maintain your dignity and then you fight like hell to never let anyone take that away from you.”

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Rahm Emanuel isn't pleased with NRA attack ad

The National Rifle Association is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg, even though Bloomberg isn't running for office.

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