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Chris Christie hits Chicago on Friday for four events -- including to stump with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Chris Christi's Rauner stump to get cold Chicago greeting

President Barack Obama talks about his basketball game with customers at Canter's Deli in Los Angeles. | AP Photo

Obama's elbow is shot

President Barack Obama has no problems making excuses for his performance — on the basketball court, that is.

SPC Daniel Jackson and his dog Bailey, with the 904th Military Police Detachment, search through caves looking for weapons caches during a patrol with the U.S. Army's 4th squadron 2nd Cavalry Regiment in February near Kandahar, Afghanistan. | Getty Images

Lawmakers join push to reunite military dogs with their handlers

Dogs have been serving in the various branches of the military almost as long as humans. And now, a group is pushing for those dogs to be treated with respect they've earned, just like their handlers.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presides over a Cook County Board Meeting in May. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

County commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor

Turning a popular political saying on its side, a majority of Cook County commissioners on Wednesday were against it before they were for it.

 

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.

Near North Commander William Dunn talks to a mayoral staffer during Thursday's City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crackdown on graffiti. Dunn told the council's Public Safety Committee that it is very hard to catch graffiti vandals in the act. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on graffiti "cancer" by doubling fines

Chicago aldermen know they're probably fighting a losing battle against graffiti, considering that the perpetrators are hard to catch, but they're trying anyway. On Thursday, the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to raise fines that can be levied against the vandals and even impose fines and their guardians.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Rev. Michael Pfleger led a weekly peace walk in the streets around Saint Sabina earlier this month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Quinn opens up new Rauner attack — on assault weapons

Gov. Pat Quinn opened up a new line of attack against his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner -- focusing on Rauner's support for military-style "assault" weapons. Quinn is seizing on the issue now as Cook County approved a ballot measure asking voters whether the military-style weapons should be banned and about universal background checks.

 

House advances bill to sue Obama

WASHINGTON — House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.

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.

WATCH: Self-deported alien tells how Dick Durbin helped him

Wednesday night on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert featured the story of a self-deported alien's journey back into America and the incredible feat he accomplished with some undocumented Mexican boys, all of which wouldn't have been possible without the help of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.