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Ald. Helen Shiller comments on the proposed city budget in 2009. File Photo. Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times

Deadlocked committee puts off vote on City Council budget analyst

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

Gov. Pat Quinn dismissed a poll that showed him trailing Bruce Rauner by a big margin. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Quinn calls poll giving Rauner double-digit lead 'phony-baloney'

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday dismissed a recent poll giving his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner a 14-point lead as “phony-baloney” and suggested it’s a bit early to write his political obituary.

President Warren G. Harding wrote to his mistress that “there are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you — a mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild, jealous . . . hungry . . . love . . .” | AP file photo

Warren Harding's letters to mistress expose his 'aching hunger'

Here's a little bit of a history lesson: Prior to becoming the 29th president, Warren G. Harding had a way with words — especially with dirty talk — when it came to his mistress.

President Barack Obama speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday. | AP Photo

Obama announces new sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced a new round of U.S. sanctions against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company Tuesday.


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.

Newt Gingrich says President Barack Obama will take actions that will provoke more impeachment talks to raise campaign cash. | Getty Images

Gingrich rips Obama and 'pathetic presidency'

During a speech sponsored by the Young America's Foundation, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ripped President Barack Obama, saying he has a "pathetic presidency" and will take actions to provoke Republicans to impeach him in an effort to help Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.

Ronald Brock moves his anti-Obamacare sign outside the Supreme Court in June. | AP Photo

Appeals court rejects Obamacare tax challenge

WASHINGTON — In the latest effort to sidetrack Obamacare, a federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge by a conservative group that said Congress imposed new taxes unconstitutionally when it created the Affordable Care Act.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, heads into his office at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

Voters get to weigh in on additional millionaire tax

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing voters to weigh in on whether Illinois millionaires should pay more income tax.

Kathy Byrne (left), daughter of former Mayor Jane Byrne, holds up her mother's autobiography while she testified Tuesday morning during a Chicago City Council Committee on Finance meeting. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Proposal to rename plaza after ex-Mayor Jane Byrne advances

The City Council Finance Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved recommending renaming the plaza on which the Old Chicago Water Tower sits as the Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

Ald. Carrie Austin, right, talks with Ald, Lona Lane at a City Council meeting last month. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Aldermen advance anti-sweat shop ordinance after awkward debate

Uniforms, head gear and footwear worn by Chicago Police officers, firefighters and other city employees could not come from “sweatshops” or be produced using child labor, under a crackdown advanced Tuesday after a politically-incorrect debate.

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.