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Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana, put on hairnets before serving a Thanksgiving meal. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Rauners don hairnets, serve Thanksgiving to homeless

Rep. Luis Gutierrez greets Gov. Pat Quinn at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Gutierrez: Obama's immigration delay cost Pat Quinn votes

President Barack Obama’s decision to delay an executive order on immigration until after the November election “ended up hurting” Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election efforts, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told Early & Often. Gutierrez made the comments the same week that Obama traveled to Chicago to celebrate that order, which shields some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner thanks the volunteers at the Thanksgiving Food Blessing at New Beginnings Church on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Charity event looks like turkey tokenism

During the holiday season, a lot of churches will hand out turkeys along with grocery bags filled with ingredients needed to make a festive dinner. Churches that opt to serve hot meals also are ensuring that people who do not have a place at their own family’s table won’t have to spend the holiday alone. But this compassionate act can smack of tokenism when politicians get involved.

 
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Lisa Madigan appeals ruling that KO'd pension law

Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday asked the state’s top court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that the 2013 pension reform bill is unconstitutional.

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State: Doctor fined for offering 'pre-approval' for medical pot

 A doctor was fined and placed on “indefinite probation” after being accused of offering potential medical marijuana patients “pre-certification” to obtain the new medicinal product,  state officials said Wednesday.
 

Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Left) interviews then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (Right).

Thanks for fracking — and chocolate

Typically on this holiday we give thanks for family, friends and the good things in our lives. Perhaps this year it might be appropriate to expand our gratitude to those things in our society that contribute so much to the good things in our lives.

Supporters of legislation that will raise the minimum wage in Illinois rally outside the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield last week. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

Higher minimum wage for Chicago alone would be devastating

A $13 or $15 minimum wage in Chicago would drive businesses and jobs out of town, writes the 19th Ward alderman.  Let’s raise the minimumin a smart and uniform manner.

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.

Protesters deliver a letter to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office, protesting the use of one of their photographs in an Emanuel campaign ad airing this week. | Stefano Esposito/Sun-Times

Anti-coal activists rip Mayor Rahm Emanuel over campaign ad

Some two dozen City Hall protesters — some holding up images of turkeys — cried "fowl" Wednesday, blasting what they say is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's misleading use of their anti-coal photograph in an ad the mayor's campaign began airing this week.