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Jack O'Malley, the last Republican to hold countywide office in Cook County, shown in 1995. File Photo.

GOP to sit out countywide races? All part of the plan, party says

I can confidently predict there will be exactly zero votes tallied on Tuesday for the 2014 Republican candidate for Cook County Board president. That’s because, as anyone who has already voted here has been reminded, there is no Republican candidate for County Board president this year.

 

President Barack Obama, right, stands with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn during a campaign rally at Chicago State University in Chicago in October. (AP File Photo/Evan Vucci)

Obama, Michelle, making robocalls for Quinn; POTUS for Schneider

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle have recorded get-out-the vote calls for Gov. Pat Quinn, targeting likely Democratic voters in the closing days before the Tuesday election. The president also taped a call for Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., ringing phones on Friday hitting on key themes aimed at motivating the Democratic base: the Tea Party, minimum wage and equal pay for women.

Sam Yingling

Campaign hits, runs and errors

No, Alice, all gay men do not look alike. But if you live in the northern suburbs of Lake County where an Illinois House race is hard fought, you might wonder if that isn’t the subtext of a campaign mailer attacking incumbent Democratic state Rep. Sam Yingling. Or maybe worse, that it’s just a dumb mistake.

South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of trying to “get blood from a tunip” and of being a "bully" by taking legal action against older residential high-rise buildings that have failed to make fire safety improvements. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Hairston says city bullying older high rises on fire safety

South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) on Friday accused Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration of trying to “get blood from a tunip” by taking legal action against pre-1975 residential high-rises that have failed to make fire safety improvements.

 
Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton said the Council’s hand-picked inspector general had no legal authority to file a lawsuit seeking to compel the city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Legislative IG had no legal right to sue, top mayoral aide says

The City Council’s handpicked inspector general had no legal authority to file a lawsuit seeking to compel the city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term, a top mayoral aide said Friday.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Insulting Netanyahu was a bad idea

At a time when Islamist fanaticism is roiling the Middle East and the Islamic State is on the march in Syria and Iraq, the Obama administration insults Israel, our only reliable ally in the region, by mocking Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a barnyard epithet for coward. Disrespecting a friend is no way to conduct foreign policy or impress allies in these troubled times.

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor, speaks with The Associated Press during an interview at the state Capitol in Springfield in September. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

GOP robocalls, mailers on abortion, equal marriage rankle Dems

A new round of robocalls and mailers that Democrats are calling anti-choice and anti-marriage equality is causing a last-minute ruckus in the Illinois governor's race.

Testifying at City Council budget hearings for the final time, departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said she’s putting pressure on airlines to phase out older, noisier aircraft and hoping an air traffic modernization program will provide some respite for Chicago homeowners. | Sun-Times File Photo

Andolino signs off with no promises of relief from O'Hare noise

Northwest Side aldermen on Friday went through the motions of demanding relief from O’Hare Airport jet noise, but got nowhere with departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling location in Chicago in 2010. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

It's not too late to be early!

Despite our name, we don't advocate voting "early and often." Early, yes. Often, no. Unless you consider Illinois' frequent elections to cover the "often" part. But either way, you still have a couple of days to "early vote." And this time, you can even vote on Sunday

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.