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First ever Obama Presidential Library hearing: Who is testifying

For the first time, the players angling for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Chicago are surfacing in public — testifying Thursday morning at an Illinois State House hearing for a proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan D-Chicago to bolster local bids by having the state appropriate $100 million "from the Capital Development Fund to the Capital Development Board for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama." 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andrii Deshchytsia at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine as diplomats from the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union gather for discussions in Geneva, Switzerland. | AP Photo

Diplomats eye joint statement on Ukraine

GENEVA — High-level talks aimed at calming soaring tensions over the crisis in Ukraine went into overtime on Thursday with top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine attempting to forge a common position on how to de-escalate the situation.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

Hermene Hartman, publisher of N'DIGO magazine (pictured in 2011). | Spencer Green/AP

N’DIGO mag chief backing Rauner: 'I am not a paid mouthpiece'

It’s no secret that Hermene Hartman, publisher of N’DIGO magazine, has been pitching GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner big-time in the black community. It’s no secret she announced via her magazine that she has switched to the Republican Party because “it is about the man and his plan.” But she didn't say was that her company, Hartman Publishing, was paid $51,000 by Citizens for Rauner to run four events in February and March.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.

State Rep. Will Davis (second from right) looks on as Gov. Pat Quinn (seated) hands out pens after a bill-signing ceremony in Tinley Park in 2011. Also pictured are (left to right) state Rep. Marlow Colvin and Sen. Toi Hutchinson and state Rep. Al Riley (far right). File Photo. | Joseph P. Meier/Sun-Times Media

Another pol’s spouse got money from Quinn’s anti-violence program

SPRINGFIELD — The wife of a state lawmaker from the south suburbs made more than $137,000 in salary and benefits from Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-abolished Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, state records show. That total for Jaclin Davis, wife of state Rep. Will Davis, D-Homewood, represented 11 percent of the anti-violence grant dollars her employer, Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, was allotted in 2011 and 2012 under Quinn’s program.