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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Rauner firing blanks in flap over hired gun in ballot challenge?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Jindal suing feds over Common Core

BATON ROUGE, La. — Gov. Bobby Jindal planned to file a lawsuit Wednesday against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally manipulating federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.


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.

Sources: U.S. considering new relief mission in Iraq

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering launching a humanitarian relief operation for Shiite Turkmen in northern Iraq who have been under siege for weeks by Islamic State militants, U.S. defense officials said Wednesday.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP

Rick Perry: Taxpayers should be picking up his legal tab

MIDLAND, Texas — Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday that he believes taxpayers should have picked up his legal tab but opted to use campaign funds "to keep from having folks grouse about it."

Canada's iconic coffee chain, Tim Hortons, and Miami-based Burger King say they will join forces, but will operate as independent brands to form the world's third-largest quick service restaurant company. | AP Photo

10 key facts about corporate inversions

WASHINGTON — Burger King plans to become the latest U.S. company to shift its legal address out of the country by merging with a foreign company. Burger King has announced plans to buy Tim Hortons, the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain. Here are 10 facts about corporate inversions, and why you should care.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Chonji Lubricant Factory earlier this month. | Getty Images

North Korea fires shot at U.S., the 'graveyard of human rights'

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights."

Can Karen Lewis guard the henhouse?

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is clearly preparing to run for mayor of Chicago — filing the necessary forms with the State Board of Elections, circulating petitions to get on the ballot and meeting with community groups. If elected next spring, one of Lewis’ first big jobs as mayor would be to negotiate a new contract with the CTU. Does anybody think that’s a job Karen Lewis could do?

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.

Gov. Pat Quinn signs workplace protection bill for pregnant women.

Gov. Quinn signs law protecting pregnant women in workplace

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a measure that will give added protections to women who are working while they are pregnant. "No pregnant woman should have to choose between having her baby and keeping her job," Quinn said. "It's making sure that there are reasonable accomodations by our empoyers for our employees who happen to be women who are pregnant."