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Former Chicago Police officer Slawomir Plewa was fired in 2013 and is trying to get his job back. A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled that he will get another hearing before the Chicago Police Board, but the judge also put no restrictions on how the board could rule, so members could just vote to fire Plewa again. | Photo provided

Judge rules fired officer should get new police board hearing

Crystal Ball says Illinois governor's race 'leans Republican'

The polls in the Illinois governor's race have been all over the place, from a 14-point lead for Rauner, to a “nearly a deadheat.” But what does the incredibly accurate Sabato's Crystal Ball, from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, have to say? It says good luck, Gov. Pat Quinn, you'll need it.

Former President Bill Clinton. | Getty Images

Clinton hours before Sept. 11: 'I could have killed' Bin Laden

Just hours before the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton was giving a speech to a group of Australian businessmen and the topic of Osama Bin Laden came up. The words that Clinton spoke on Sept. 10, 2001 are especially chilling, knowing what transpired just hours later.

Jane Byrne, the day after winning the 1979 Democratic Primary for mayor. Sun-Times File Photo by Jim Klepitsch

Flashback Editorial: The day Jane Byrne beat the machine

The Chicago City Council this week named a park for former Mayor Jane Byrne. Read — or reread — this original Sun-Times editorial, first published on March 1, 1979, celebrating Byrne’s historic victory over the Chicago Democratic machine.

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House GOP kills vote on border bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support.


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.

Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp on Wednesday. | AP Photo

White House: U.N. school shelling 'indefensible'

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."

Beth Swanson (left), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff for education, has resigned. She is shown in 2011 at the 20th anniversary of After School Matters. With her are actress Joan Cusack and Jean-Claude Brizard, who was then CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Swanson eventually replaced Brizard at the bargaining table during a contentious 2012 teachers' strike. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Emanuel losing top education adviser

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is losing his point-person to the Chicago Public Schools — the woman who played a pivotal role in negotiating an end to the 2012 teachers strike.

Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner attend an Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly at the Chicago Hilton in April. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

New union poll shows tight race between Quinn, Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — In a survey commissioned by Illinois’ largest teachers’ union, one of President Barack Obama’s pollsters is declaring the race between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner “nearly a deadheat.”

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.