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Jerome Finnigan was convicted in federal court of seeking to have another police officer murdered. | Associated Press photo

List shows two convicted cops were topic of dozens of complaints

GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Former Ald. Helen Shiller | Sun-Times file photo

Independent budget analyst for council needs to be independent

The notion of installing former Ald. Helen Shiller as the City Council’s new independent budget analyst is one of those bad ideas you hope will go away on its own before it gets personal.

No such luck.

Democratic Congressman John Dingell | AP Photo

John Dingell is confused by Sharknado

Democratic Congressman John Dingell, from Michigan's 12th District, has had a pretty good run on Twitter lately.


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.

A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a U.N. school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli shelling on Wednesday. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed "dozens" of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a U.N. school, medics said. | Getty Images

U.S. condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza

WASHINGTON — The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are joined by survivors of campus sexual assault during a news conference about new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assaults. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bill introduced to tackle sexual assault on college campuses

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner. | AP file photo

Lois Lerner called conservatives 'crazies' in emails

WASHINGTON — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.

A vendor weighs marijuana buds for card-carrying patients seeking the drug for medical reasons. Such shops could be coming to more Chicago neighborhoods under state law, though the Chicago City Council imposed what restrictions it could on Wednesday. | Getty Images

City Council approves medical marijuana rules

Chicago City Council members were critical of the lack of power they had been allowed under state law to regulate the location of medical marijuana dispensaries. But the council on Wednesday passed as much regulation as it was allowed, requiring that anyone wanting to sell or grow medical marijuana in the city would need zoning board approval, which would give neighbors a chance to have their concerns heard, aldermen said.

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.

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy Wednesday in Kansas City. | AP Photo

Obama has one request for GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.