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House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times file photo

Silent partner for Rahm in mayoral campaign? Mike Madigan

Why is drunk driver who killed my sister driving again?

A repeat drunk driver killed my stepsister in 2003. Last Saturday, he was arrested for impaired driving for the fourth time. How does a repeat offender get the chance to drive again? How does a judicial system allow a man who has killed to have a second, third and even fourth chance?

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio responds to President Barack Obama's intention to spare millions of illegal immigrants from being deported, a use of executive powers that is setting up a fight with Republicans in Congress over the limits of presidential powers, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Boehner: 'We will not stand idle' on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner says President Barack Obama is "damaging the presidency itself" with his unilateral action on immigration and says the House will not stand idle and let it happen.

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Business owners seeking medical marijuana licenses faced lawsuits

Two former Goldman Sachs executives hoping to be among those granted licenses to open medical marijuana businesses in Illinois have faced lawsuits in other states. Nicholas Vita and Michael Abbott’s companies have won licenses to run dispensaries in Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington, D.C.

Immigrants attend a press conference for families facing deportation on Thursday in Newark, New Jersey. | ohn Moore/Getty Images

A personal crusade against deportation

When Alejandra Renteria began attending rallies for immigration reform years ago alongside her mother, the significance of the movement didn’t register with her young mind.

President Barack Obama laid out his plans for immigration on Thursday night. | Getty Images

Obama flexes muscle, spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

WASHINGTON — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on "felons, not families."

President Jeffrey S. Gray, of Hales Franciscan High School, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan join a roundtable discussion panel with representatives of Chicago-area colleges and universities on Thursday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Arne Duncan not taking sides on CPS' seeking delay on PARCC test

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Thursday he's staying out of a tussle between the Illinois State Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools over whether CPS students will take a new Common Core-aligned standardized test this spring — at least for now.

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.

Michael A. Alvarez, a commissioner of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, at a board meeting in 2011. | Sun-Times file photo

Familiar Chicago names involved in medical pot industry

The Chicago Sun-Times obtained 16 applications from marijuana entrepreneurs seeking a special use permit from Chicago’s Zoning Board of Appeals. Without that permit, the marijuana businesses can’t open. Ultimately, the state will grant limited licenses to this new crop of business owners.