Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us webmaster@suntimes.com (Editor) Newspapers http://www.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/suntimes.gif Chicago Sun-Times http://www.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chicago Police officers overwhelmingly ratify contract ]]> Lead story image

Chicago Police officers will get an 11-percent pay raise over five years under a contract overwhelmingly ratified Friday that averts arbitration for the first time since 1996. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:08:13 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30500897-761/chicago-police-officers-overwhelmingly-ratify-contract.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30500897-761/chicago-police-officers-overwhelmingly-ratify-contract.html <![CDATA[ Clout contractor got $3.1M in CPS work after City Hall ban ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Two years ago, the city banned Windy City Electric Co. from getting any more business over allegations it fraudulently landed millions in contracts set aside for companies owned by women. But the ban didn’t keep the politically connected contractor from getting more than $3 million in new work from the Chicago Public Schools. ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:37:37 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30353829-761/clout-contractor-got-31m-in-cps-work-after-city-hall-ban.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30353829-761/clout-contractor-got-31m-in-cps-work-after-city-hall-ban.html <![CDATA[ Judge in Pakistan recommends former city comptroller be extradited ]]> Lead story image

Amer Ahmad was arrested in Lahore, Pakistan in late April with a fake Mexican passport, a forged Pakistani visa and thousands of dollars. ]]> Sat, 18 Oct 2014 02:08:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30495891-761/judge-in-pakistan-recommends-former-city-comptroller-be-extradited.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30495891-761/judge-in-pakistan-recommends-former-city-comptroller-be-extradited.html <![CDATA[ Quinn weatherization, jobs program falling short of goals ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Illinois legislators created the Urban Weatherization Initiative in 2009, promising that as much as $425 million in taxpayer money would go to train workers in predominantly African-American neighborhoods to identify and fix energy-efficiency problems in homes. Five years later, the program has fallen far short of its goals, records and interviews show. ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:15:47 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30315948-761/quinn-weatherization-jobs-program-falling-short-of-goals.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30315948-761/quinn-weatherization-jobs-program-falling-short-of-goals.html <![CDATA[ Madigan’s machine: How government workers help speaker keep grip on state ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: A Chicago Sun-Times examination of campaign-finance records, hiring records, nominating petitions and formerly secret “clout lists” offers a peek inside the political machine that’s made Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan a power beyond Springfield and his Southwest Side base. ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:34:07 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30268494-761/madigans-machine-how-government-workers-help-speaker-keep-grip-on-state.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30268494-761/madigans-machine-how-government-workers-help-speaker-keep-grip-on-state.html <![CDATA[ 911 calls offer new revelations about man accused of setting Aurora FAA fire ]]> Lead story image

Recordings of 911 calls to Naperville police show how frantic family members and a friend reached out to authorities over concern for the man charged with setting the fire at the Aurora Federal Aviation Authority facility Sept. 26 that caused headaches for air travelers. Relatives revealed that FAA contractor Brian Howard, 36, of Naperville, had a history of sleep problems and was taking two antidepressants, according recordings obtained by Sun-Times Media. The family was planning a big going away party for Howard on Saturday prior to his planned Tuesday departure, but that Howard kept putting them off. Howard, himself, left … ]]> Sat, 04 Oct 2014 02:09:08 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30256628-761/911-calls-offer-new-revelations-about-man-accused-of-setting-aurora-faa-fire.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30256628-761/911-calls-offer-new-revelations-about-man-accused-of-setting-aurora-faa-fire.html <![CDATA[ Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year ]]>

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:25:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30204959-418/video-shows-rauner-opposing-medicaid-expansion-last-year.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30204959-418/video-shows-rauner-opposing-medicaid-expansion-last-year.html <![CDATA[ Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year ]]>

SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:25:39 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30204959-418/video-shows-rauner-opposing-medicaid-expansion-last-year.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30204959-418/video-shows-rauner-opposing-medicaid-expansion-last-year.html <![CDATA[ Thunderstorms early Thursday could disrupt O’Hare, Midway flights ]]> Lead story image

The National Weather Service predicted that thunderstorms — perhaps packing lightning — will hit the Chicago area sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday night. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:07:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30205048-761/thunderstorms-early-thursday-could-disrupt-ohare-midway-flights.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30205048-761/thunderstorms-early-thursday-could-disrupt-ohare-midway-flights.html <![CDATA[ Rauner’s biggest strength proving to be greatest weakness: Mihalopoulos ]]> Lead story image

His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:18:01 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30201775-761/rauners-biggest-strength-proving-to-be-greatest-weakness-mihalopoulos.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30201775-761/rauners-biggest-strength-proving-to-be-greatest-weakness-mihalopoulos.html <![CDATA[ CPS students with good GPA could get free ride to City Colleges ]]> Lead story image

The offer to waive the $200-per-credit-hour fee for an associate degree — and use it as an incentive for CPS students to keep their grades up — is the latest in a series of steps by Mayor Rahm Emanuel toward his goal of making all CPS students “100 percent college-ready and 100 percent college-bound.” ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:34:44 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30202997-761/cps-students-with-good-gpa-could-get-free-ride-to-city-colleges.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30202997-761/cps-students-with-good-gpa-could-get-free-ride-to-city-colleges.html <![CDATA[ Northeastern Illinois University unveils flashy new building on NW Side ]]> Lead story image

The unveiling of Northeastern Illinois University’s “El Centro” building — that bright blue-and-yellow modern building that had Kennedy Expressway drivers gazing for months — brought out powerful Chicago politicians and alumni on Tuesday. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:44:03 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30206005-418/northeastern-illinois-university-unveils-flashy-new-building-on-nw-side.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30206005-418/northeastern-illinois-university-unveils-flashy-new-building-on-nw-side.html <![CDATA[ Man held without bond in stabbing death of girlfriend, daughter ]]>

A Northwest Side man accused of viciously stabbing his live-in girlfriend and 7-year-old daughter to death nearly decapitated his child and plunged a knife so deep into the girl’s chest, the blade came out of her back, Cook County prosecutors said. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:33:15 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30199473-761/man-held-without-bond-in-stabbing-death-of-girlfriend-daughter.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30199473-761/man-held-without-bond-in-stabbing-death-of-girlfriend-daughter.html <![CDATA[ Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems ]]> Lead story image

The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public School buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and maintain the same level of cleanliness. ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:18:55 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30198364-761/union-cps-was-warned-that-janitor-job-cuts-could-cause-problems.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30198364-761/union-cps-was-warned-that-janitor-job-cuts-could-cause-problems.html <![CDATA[ Big labor investing in turnout for Quinn, Illinois Democrats ]]>

Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question about raising Illinois’ minimum wage which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:23:11 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30195506-761/big-labor-investing-in-turnout-for-quinn-illinois-democrats.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30195506-761/big-labor-investing-in-turnout-for-quinn-illinois-democrats.html <![CDATA[ New poll shows Quinn with 44-42 advantage over Rauner ]]>

The Rasmussen Reports poll released Tuesday shows Quinn leads Rauner by a 44- to 42-percent spread, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:33:21 -0500 http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30200471-761/new-poll-shows-quinn-with-44-42-advantage-over-rauner.html http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/30200471-761/new-poll-shows-quinn-with-44-42-advantage-over-rauner.html