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Bruce Rauner is chairman of The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, which gathered 600,000 signatures for the proposed ballot measure. | Seth Perlman/AP

Appeals court says term limits can't be on ballot

Spencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va. in February. | AP

Supreme Court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

James Foley in May 2011.

James Foley embedded with National Guard, wrote for Post-Tribune

Journalist James Foley went to the Middle East in 2008 when he embedded with the Indiana National Guard 76th Infantry unit as it prepared to head to Iraq, and sent back several dispatches as a correspondent for the Post-Tribune, a sister publication of the Chicago Sun-Times.


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.

More troops to Iraq? Officials are weighing possibility

WASHINGTON — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley near Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Holder: 'Change is coming' after Ferguson police shooting

CLAYTON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a small group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged.

Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CTU president Lewis opens campaign fund for possible mayoral bid

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis inched closer to a formal bid to unseat Rahm Emanuel as mayor with the creation of a formal campaign committee with the State Board of Elections Wednesday morning.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP Photo

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.

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.

Sen. Dick Durbin (second from left) is joined by other local officials at a news conference Wednesday calling for upgrades to tanker rail cars used to haul hazardous or flammable materials. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times

Durbin wants tank cars upgraded to avoid repeat of Quebec tragedy

Sen. Dick Durbin met with local officials Wednesday to look for ways to make sure a tragedy that occurred last year in Quebec is not repeated here.