Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Judge rips defendants but dismisses 'cover-up' suit in Koschman case  ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:20:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lewis’ first donor: head of agency that gives grants to CPS teachers ]]> Lead story image

The head of a not-for-profit organization that awards grants to Chicago public school teachers is the first contributor to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis’ potential mayoral campaign. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:33:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ CPS scraps South Side campus plan for controversial charter school operator ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Public Schools officials are not allowing a beleaguered charter school operator to open a planned South Side campus next month, a CPS source has confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:31:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ National school union would put $1 million into Karen Lewis mayoral campaign ]]> Lead story image

The head of the American Federation of Teachers says the national union is ready to spend $1 million to help Karen Lewis unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel if the Chicago Teachers Union president decides to run. Emanuel “has shown a deep disrespect for what public education is all about,” AFT leader Randi Weingarten told the Chicago Sun-Times. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:16:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ $1 million pledge changes Lewis’ ‘calculus’ — but not her timeline ]]> Lead story image

Karen Lewis said Tuesday that a $1 million pledge of support from the American Federation of Teachers “automatically changes the calculus” of a potential mayoral campaign. But apparently not enough to push the Chicago Teachers Union president any closer to deciding whether she’ll challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “I want to run things on my timeline,” Lewis told a capacity crowd of union members at Morgan Park’s Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. It was her third “conversation” with Chicagoans. And she’s got 74 more to go. ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:16:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nearly $1 million from charters went to firms identified in FBI probe ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Contractors facing scrutiny in an ongoing investigation of Concept Schools have been paid nearly $1 million over the past three years for work at three Chicago Public Schools-funded campuses run by the charter operator, records show. ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:38:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rauner company facing fines for illegal sign in West Rogers Park ]]> Lead story image

A Cook County judge will decide whether Bruce Rauner, the Republican candidate for governor, and his business partners must pay fines for illegally erecting a digital billboard on a building in West Rogers Park. ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:26:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Watchdogs: 3 homes, over $200K in pay for CTU boss Lewis, who may challenge ‘Mayor 1%’ ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago Teachers Union boss and potential mayoral challenger Karen Lewis, who has railed against the influence of the wealthy and called Mayor Rahm Emanuel “Mayor 1%,” has three homes, including a condo in Hawaii, and is paid more than $200,000 a year in union salaries, records show. ]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:24:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taxpayers' millions lure conventions to McCormick Place, Rosemont ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: When conventions and trade shows threaten to leave McCormick Place or Rosemont for Orlando, Las Vegas or elsewhere, convention center officials sweeten the pot, tapping a pool of taxpayer money they guard so tightly they’ve tried to keep secret how it’s spent, the Chicago Sun-Times has found. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:22:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cop fired over 2009 death sues to get his job back ]]> Lead story image

A Chicago police sergeant fired this month over the 2009 death of a woman he says shot herself with his gun while the two drank together sued the city Monday to try to get his job back. Steven E. Lesner, 48, said the Chicago Police Board’s July 17 decision to fire him was “clearly erroneous.” ]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:25:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Daley will not be called to testify in Park Grill trial ]]> Lead story image

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley won't have to testify in City Hall’s lawsuit to break a contract the Park Grill restaurant in Millennium Park was awarded under Daley. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:38:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ City Hall fighting cop ex-Supt. Cline refused to punish ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: In one of his last acts before retiring from the Chicago Police Department, Supt. Phil Cline refused to discipline a detective who had submitted fraudulent documents to City Hall so he could operate a valet company, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:07:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Police Board: Fired cop’s ‘reprehensible’ conduct led to woman’s death ]]> Lead story image

Calling his conduct “reprehensible,” the Chicago Police Board fired Sgt. Steven Lesner because his failure to secure his gun “led directly” to the death of a Northwest Side woman, the board said in a ruling Friday. Read More ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:52:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Insider in Park Grill deal didn’t reveal baby’s father ]]> Lead story image

Laura Foxgrover, a Chicago Park District official who oversaw concessions, testified Thursday that “I never put it in writing that I was having a baby with Matthew O’Malley,” who was then negotiating the biggest concession deal in park district history, the Park Grill restaurant’s 30-year lease at Millennium Park. ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 06:29:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge to Daley lawyers: Show me why former mayor shouldn’t testify in Park Grill case ]]> Lead story image

A Cook County judge told lawyers for former Mayor Richard M. Daley on Tuesday they need to show a medical reason why Daley shouldn’t be required to testify in the city’s case that seeks to break a sweetheart deal the Park Grill restaurant got under the former mayor to operate at Millennium Park. ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 06:22:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ 17 months in prison for businessman in Daley kin sewer scam: Watchdogs ]]> Lead story image

A former Mississippi sharecropper who landed millions of dollars in contracts from the city of Chicago was sentenced Thursday to 17 months in prison for his role in a minority-contracting scandal that involved sewer deals held by a company whose investors secretly included then-Mayor Richard M. Daley’s son and nephew. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:17:45 -0500