Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for gov, glad to get campaign cash from union ]]> Lead story image

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois governor, said Monday he welcomes any financial support headed his way from a labor union that has dedicated itself to defeating Republican Bruce Rauner. Grimm, who sees himself as the only legitimate candidate for change in a race featuring Rauner against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, said he doesn’t know exactly how much the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 150 is prepared to spend on his behalf in the final weeks before the election. But with an initial donation of $30,000 in hand and more expected, Grimm isn’t about to look a … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:16:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Photo ID laws for voters don’t solve problems, they create them ]]> Lead story image

Every time another state Legislature talks about requiring voters to carry a photo ID card, Thomas Armstrong III gets upset in a way you might not appreciate unless you’d walked in the Mississippi native’s shoes. As one of the “little people” in slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers’ efforts to register black voters a half-century ago, Armstrong has a keen appreciation of the obstacles once placed in front of minority voters — and the importance of fighting to block new restrictions. Armstrong faced the constant threat of violence himself as he conducted small secret meetings in the homes of black … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:33:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ An election-year budget that tackles the tough issues — well, some of them ]]> Lead story image

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. I was going to say Emanuel bristled, but that wouldn’t be accurate. The mayor seems to be trying harder these days to keep his bristles in the prone position — perhaps in recognition that a style honed in Washington is part of what got him into trouble with voters here. ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:26:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s an elite club — pols willing to stand up to Rahm ]]> Lead story image

It’s not too late for another candidate to come forward who would have a chance of defeating Mayor Rahm Emanuel for re-election. But it’s very, very unlikely. With a hospitalized and seriously ill Karen Lewis ruling herself out of the race, Emanuel becomes the odds on favorite for four more years in office. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:17:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ It’s in everyone’s interests to stop Ebola at the source ]]> Lead story image

Illinois Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck, addressing local precautions to the threat of an Ebola outbreak, made a statement this week he probably considered matter-of-fact but struck me as insightful enough to bear repeating. Hasbrouck told reporters Illinois residents are currently not at any great risk to contract the disease and that if a case were to arise, health officials are prepared to respond. But it was what he said next that struck me as most significant. “Our risk is not zero, and it won’t be zero, until we control the epidemic in West Africa,” Hasbrouck said. I wonder … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:37:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ If NRI didn’t help Quinn with black voters, hearings might ]]> Lead story image

Ever since the release of a stinging audit in February, Gov. Pat Quinn’s political team has hotly disputed any suggestion there was a tie between his 2010 launch of an anti-violence program and his effort to energize African-American voters for that year’s election. On Wednesday, newly disclosed emails showed that at least one top member of his administration saw the connection at the time — and intentionally sought to exploit it. ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:26:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Karen Lewis’ health scare puts mayoral contest in flux ]]> Lead story image

What’s that old saying? Men make plans, and God laughs. It would apply to women, too, of course, even strong-willed teachers union presidents gearing up for a campaign for mayor. CTU President Karen Lewis’ hospitalization for as-yet unspecified health concerns continued to reverberate Tuesday through the local political scene as the status of the leading would-be challenger suddenly became uncertain. ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 02:22:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feds selective in homeless they are pushing to help ]]> Lead story image

The federally-funded program that Ayesha Cargill credits with lifting her from homelessness — and possibly saving her life — no longer exists. That’s a personal concern for Cargill, who wonders where she would go if the mental health problems that contributed to her becoming homeless were to return. But she wonders, too, about all the people she sees on the street right now, “people who are just like me.” She’d like to refer them to those who gave her so much help, but they’re not there any more. ]]> Tue, 07 Oct 2014 02:19:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Goal to end homelessness among vets laudable, but is it realistic? ]]> Lead story image

Dallas Wade’s experience might not fit everybody’s notion of what it means to be homeless. He’s never slept on the street or in a shelter. But as he sat in a park at 65th and University a year ago September, not knowing where he and his fiance and three children could spend the night, the Iraqi War veteran certainly considered himself homeless. ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:38:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Navy mom making waves over airline losing son’s seabag ]]> Lead story image

Seaman recruit Thomas Tudisco Jr., fresh out of boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, boarded the first flight of his life Saturday from O’Hare en route to his new assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Naturally, the airline lost his seabag. This left the 18-year-old Tudisco without his uniforms, his personal effects or even a clean change of underwear, which is probably not the best way in the military for a new recruit to make a good first impression. ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:22:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mugabe lobby trial might require some sifting through the b.s. ]]> Lead story image

Strange things can happen when state legislators play foreign diplomat —especially, it would seem, if they are Illinois state legislators. Exhibit A: the ongoing federal trial of Chicago businessman C. Gregory Turner on charges he illegally lobbied on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe to lift U.S. sanctions on the African regime. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:20:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest ]]> Lead story image

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits as the extent of the problems Daley left behind — from the Redflex red light camera scandal to the botched police investigation into David Koschman’s death — continue to become … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:18:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Burris revelation raises more questions in already puzzling case ]]> Lead story image

An already bizarre trial involving allegations an African despot hired a pair of obscure South Side businessmen to overturn U.S. sanctions against his regime — with the help of Illinois politicians — took an even stranger detour Friday. In the process, former U.S. Sen. Roland Burris got sideswiped, if not outright run over, with completely unrelated — and to this point unsubstantiated — accusations he once tried to shake down a contractor while in office. Burris might be asking what he did to find himself in the middle of this mess, or just maybe he knows. ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:35:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ How small biz owners can avoid parking tickets for work trucks ]]> Lead story image

Paul Hughes, co-owner of a small electrical contracting business, received a parking ticket a couple of weeks back while working a job on the North Side. His transgression? Parking a commercial truck on a city street. This baffled Hughes. Surely, the city didn’t intend to prevent service businesses like his from making house calls on city residents — or did it? ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:21:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Emanuel could learn lessons from Preckwinkle to fix image problems ]]> Lead story image

What would Toni do? That’s Toni as in Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president who polls wildly better than Mayor Rahm Emanuel but says she will not run against him in 2015. ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:18:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rosemoor Hotel owner ordered to pay tenants $3,000 each for move ]]> Lead story image

A group of SRO tenants who probably couldn’t afford to buy a late-model Chevy if they pooled their money taught luxury auto dealer Joe Perillo a lesson Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. The 15 or so tenants applauded spontaneously when Circuit Judge Edward Harmening ordered Perillo, owner of the Rosemoor Hotel, to pay each of them $3,000 to help them vacate the building on an emergency basis. ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:33:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge declares residential hotel a fire hazard, tenants ordered to leave ]]> Lead story image

A Near West Side residential hotel undergoing renovation must be vacated by noon Thursday under an emergency order from a Cook County judge who declared it a fire hazard. ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:04:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fighting homelessness with diplomacy ]]> Lead story image

In their lime green polo shirts, khaki pants and ball caps, the Street Team Ambassadors might look like they ought to be working the parking lots at Disney World. But for the past year, these otherwise low-key ambassadors have tried to help Chicago put its best foot forward on State Street with a smile and helping hand for anybody who needs it—from tourists in need of directions to homeless panhandlers in need of, well, direction. It’s the latter, of course, that caught my attention, and indeed, seems to be the primary impetus for the Ambassadors program. Some business people apparently … ]]> Sat, 11 Oct 2014 06:18:23 -0500