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Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks at the crowd before a news conference Monday. | AP file photo

Too many guns, too few values, Emanuel says

Ethics watchdog asks for voice in Quinn political hiring lawsuit

SPRINGFIELD — State Executive Inspector General Ricardo Meza Thursday asked Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to file legal paperwork to enable him to be heard in a federal lawsuit seeking a court-appointed monitor to delve into alleged political hiring improprieties under Gov. Pat Quinn in the state transportation department.

President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles. | AP Photo

For Obama, 'chicken wing' and free throws don't mix

President Barack Obama has no problem making excuses for his performance — on the basketball court, that is.

Beleaguered Concept Charter finds new school site in Chatham

Concept Schools, which lost out on a new school site in Chatham after the charter network was raided by the FBI, has found a new space and is proceeding with a fall 2014 opening for another of its Horizon Science Academy schools, according to Chicago Public Schools.


Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

SPC Daniel Jackson and his dog Bailey, with the 904th Military Police Detachment, search through caves looking for weapons caches during a patrol with the U.S. Army's 4th squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment in February near Kandahar, Afghanistan. | Getty Images

Lawmakers join push to reunite military dogs with their handlers

Dogs have been serving in the various branches of the military almost as long as humans. And now, a group is pushing for those dogs to be treated with respect they've earned, just like their handlers.

Chris Christie hits Chicago on Friday for four events -- including to stump with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Chris Christi's Rauner stump to get cold Chicago greeting

When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrives in Chicago on Friday to campaign on Bruce Rauner's behalf, he'll have a band of protesters greeting him. 

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presides over a Cook County Board Meeting in May. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

County commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor

Turning a popular political saying on its side, a majority of Cook County commissioners on Wednesday were against it before they were for it.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

Near North Commander William Dunn talks to a mayoral staffer during Thursday's City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crackdown on graffiti. Dunn told the council's Public Safety Committee that it is very hard to catch graffiti vandals in the act. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on graffiti "cancer" by doubling fines

Chicago aldermen know they're probably fighting a losing battle against graffiti, considering that the perpetrators are hard to catch, but they're trying anyway. On Thursday, the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to raise fines that can be levied against the vandals and even impose fines and their guardians.