Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before Board of Ed vote on Hancock school ]]> Lead story image

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:12:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Court officials suggest ISIS wannabe could be released from jail on bond ]]>

Attorneys for alleged ISIS wannabe Mohammed Hamzah Khan say court-appointed advisers have recommended Khan be released from custody under a strict set of conditions ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:14:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Unemployment rates fall in 31 states, including Illinois ]]>

Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:25:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Indiana officials identify fourth body found after arrest of suspected serial killer ]]> Lead story image

A body found in the 4300 block of Massachusetts of has been identified as Kristine Williams, 36, of Gary. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:25:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tentative deal at U of I hospital averts threatened nurses’ strike, union says ]]>

The nurses’ three-year contract with the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System had been set to expire Tuesday. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:55:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jail guard smuggled weed in sandwiches, feds say ]]> Lead story image

He went by the street name “Murda,” the feds say. If so, it wasn’t a good look for a Cook County Jail guard. But Jason Marek, 29, was allegedly living a double life — using his day job to smuggle sandwiches stuffed with marijuana into the county jail. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:38:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cardinal George’s advice to Archbishop Cupich: ‘Spend a lot of time listening’ ]]> Lead story image

George said among Cupich’s most impressive strengths is his intelligence. “He’s very smart, and has a quick analytical mind . . .” George said. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Father Bob Botthof, teacher who became priest after losing wife, dies at 85 ]]> Lead story image

When Father Bob Botthof introduced his kids to people, they looked confused. Some asked, “What does your mother think about your dad becoming a priest?” Others inquired, “Isn’t that frowned upon by the church?” He’d lived a whole other life before becoming a Roman Catholic priest. Mad about his fellow teacher and wife, Mary Elizabeth, he used to serenade her with “Shall We Dance?” But after losing her to cancer after 23 years of marriage, the father and former U.S. Marine joined the Dominican friars. ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:58:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Public Schools to sell headquarters for $28 million ]]> Lead story image

As employees began moving out Monday, Chicago Public Schools confirmed it has found a buyer for its headquarters at 125 S. Clark Street in a $28 million deal expected to be approved by the Board of Education on Wednesday. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:15:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fioretti tries to put heat on Emanuel over short yellow lights ]]>

Mayoral challenger Bob Fioretti is urging his supporters to sign petitions demanding that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “restore the public trust by refunding” $7.7 million in fines generated by red-light cameras after the timing of yellow lights was reduced from 3 seconds to 2.9 seconds. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:58:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Neely’s pre-election resignation deja vu of how she got her start ]]>

Eight years ago, a pre-election resignation paved the way for then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to pluck Stephanie Neely out of political obscurity and appoint her to the $133,545-a-year job of city treasurer. ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:40:48 -0500