Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ High water receding; rush hour mostly clear, some side streets still flooded ]]> Lead story image

Several inches of rain fell across the Chicago area overnight, particularly on the South and Southwest sides, prompting road closures and Pace bus delays. Expressways were mostly clear by the morning rush hour, but motorists still faced high water on other major roads. Flooding also affected many neighborhoods, especially in Burbank and Oak Lawn. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:20:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jackie Robinson West advances to U.S. Championship ]]> Lead story image

Jackie Robinson West staved off elimination for the third time this week, beating Taney of Philadelphia 6-5 Thursday, to earn a spot in the U.S. championship game and a rematch with Mountain Ridge from Las Vegas. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:27:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pro-Karen Lewis super PAC on the drawing board ]]> Lead story image

With a robust campaign fund at $8 million and an outside super PAC already weighing in at $1 million, Mayor Rahm Emanuel certainly doesn’t have money problems. But if Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis decides to run against Emanuel, she won’t exactly be scraping bottom. Political insiders tell Early & Often there’s an effort underway exploring creation of a super PAC to counter Emanuel — and benefit a Lewis candidacy. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:31:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Romney, Ryan together again to talk policy — and critique Obama ]]> Lead story image

Onetime Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his former running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, reunited in Chicago on Thursday night in a rare joint appearance. The event, dubbed a Romney-moderated interview with Ryan about his new book, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea,” at the Union League Club of Chicago was instead a shared space for both men to voice their opinions — mostly criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:16:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cubs cut grounds crew’s hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources ]]> Lead story image

Thanks a lot, Obama. Add the Affordable Care Act – or, specifically, the big-business Cubs’ response to it – to the causes behind Tuesday night’s tarp fiasco and rare successful protest by the San Francisco Giants. The staffing issues that hamstrung the grounds crew Tuesday during a mad dash with the tarp under a sudden rainstorm were created in part by a wide-ranging reorganization last winter of game-day personnel, job descriptions and work limits designed to keep the seasonal workers – including much of the grounds crew – under 130 hours per month, according to numerous sources with direct knowledge. … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:36:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2 charged with attempted murder, kidnapping in Harvey standoff ]]> Lead story image

A convicted murderer who was on electronic home monitoring as a condition of his parole was one of two men charged late Thursday with taking six children and two women hostage after a shootout with Harvey Police this week. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:32:11 -0500