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Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Emanuel has last word in sign war with Donald Trump

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

Former federal judge and former Rep. Abner Mikva, D-Ill, right, introduces Vice President Joe Biden to speak during a luncheon to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation on Tuesday, in Washington. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden says he made a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders who took advantage of U.S. troops as "Shylocks."

Rauner ad decries Quinn, Blago, Madigan, Cullerton 100-year reign

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Bruce Rauner seized on a new federal subpoena tied to Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative by launching a new television ad attacking the century-long tenure of Quinn and his current and former Democratic allies in Springfield.


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.

Salim Ucan, Concept Schools vice president, said the Des Plaines-based charter-school operator “will definitely look into" new misconduct allegations involving two of its schools in Ohio.

Ohio adds 2 schools run by Des Plaines' Concept chain to probe

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois.

President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. | Getty Images

Obama: I won't commit to another ground war in Iraq

TAMPA, Fla. — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.

Poll: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper trails Beauprez by 10 points

DENVER — Republican gubernatorial challenger Bob Beauprez has jumped ahead of Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper by 10 points in a poll released Wednesday, placing the once-popular incumbent behind by a substantial margin for the first time in the race.

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.

Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

WASHINGTON — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.