Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65 ]]> Lead story image

Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein’s Loop business, International Importing Bead & Novelty Company, often provided accesories for actors and musicians. Cher, Sally Rand and Eric Clapton were among tose who came to stock up on beads, crystals, sequins and feathers. Mr. Klein, 65, died of a heart attack Oct. 12 at Skokie Hospital. ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 09:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery ]]> Lead story image

Dr. Lawrence M. “Larry” Solomon loved a mystery — in medicine and also in fiction. His collection of 6,000 books, many of them featuring Sherlock Holmes, was testament to that. Like Holmes, he’d use his powers of observation to arrive at deductions that dazzled and sometimes confounded patients and other physicians. The former University of Illinois dermatology chief Oct. 8 at his North Shore home. He was 83. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:54:00 -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. ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:55:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ 3 Daley scandals cost Chicago taxpayers over $6 million ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago taxpayers have paid more than $6 million to private lawyers hired to fight three City Hall scandals that benefited family and friends of former Mayor Richard M. Daley. And the legal bills keep mounting. ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:24:19 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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. ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 00:08:35 -0500 <![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 <![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