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Gene Lee, Richard M. Daley's former deputy chief of staff won't serve any time behind bars. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

Ex-Daley deputy chief of staff gets probation for charity theft

Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) says Cook County Democratic Party chairman Joe Berrios had no right to put the party’s resources at the disposal of the mayor. | Sun-Times file photo

Munoz: Democratic Party effort to help Rahm premature

Not all Democratic committeemen in Chicago are happy that the Cook County Democratic Party is helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election effort. “The Cook County Democratic Party’s Chicago contingent has not voted to endorse anybody yet, and the party cannot circulate until there is an official endorsement,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd).

Illinois jobless rate continues 6-month decline

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.


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.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, a Democrat, is endorsing state Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, in his bid for state treasurer. Weisner calls Cross, who is running against state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, a "down-to-earth individual." Frerichs' camp, meanwhile, questioned whether the endorsement had to do with Cross' law firm representing the city of Aurora. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Aurora mayor, a Democrat, endorses Cross' GOP bid for treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — The former top House Republican, state Rep. Tom Cross, has picked up a key Fox Valley endorsement from the other side of the partisan divide in his bid for state treasurer.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington on Thursday. | AP Photo/Molly Riley

Hillary Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.

Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois. | Via Facebook

Judge: Libertarian gubernatorial candidate can be on ballot

SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County judge on Thursday rejected the Republican Party's attempt to have a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor struck from the Nov. 4 ballot.

President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file

Amid controversy, Emanuel drops plan to name school after Obama

Determined to resurrect his plummeting support among African-American voters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is dropping plans to name a new, $60 million selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama.

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.

7.3 million people have signed up for Obamacare

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration says 7.3 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance under the health care law — down from 8 million reported earlier this year.