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Gov. Pat Quinn at his concession speech earlier this month | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way out the door

Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board

Critics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hand-selected school board announced Sunday they have gathered enough petition signatures to place an advisory referendum on the ballot, asking if members of Chicago Public School board should be elected.

Obama dismisses GOP criticism on immigration

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," President Barack Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals and spare those who have lived here illegally for at least five years and have roots, including children who are American citizens.

Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

Bottle & Botega owner Stephanie King-Myers owns two corporate locations in Chicago and employs a staff of 15. They range from entry-level studio assistants paid slightly above minimum wage, to $15-an-hour studio managers. She’s anxious about the effect of an upcoming Chicago-only minimum wage hike.

 
Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry died early Sunday morning. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

WASHINGTON — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez speaks Saturday before the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, celebrating President Barack Obama's immigration order. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Crowd celebrates Obama's immigration policy

An elated crowd gathered Saturday at a South Side high school named after a prominent Mexican president to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

A parent group delivered about 3,700 signatures on petitions against a new standardized test to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday, pleading for a year’s delay on the hours-long test they say isn’t ready and calling for a testing opt-out

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 man walks through the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate in Benghazi. | AP file photo

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.