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Chicago's lakefront museum campus, seen here from the pedestrian tunnel under Lake Shore Drive, will get a lot more congested when the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art opens on a proposed site south of Soldier Field. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked a group of experts to come up with ways to deal with the added traffic. | AP Photo

Emanuel wants plan to ease museum campus bottleneck

Job statistics for July showed 209,000 jobs were added in the United States, but the unemployment rate also increased slightly, to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent. | AP Photo

Hiring remains strong in July, but unemployment rate up slightly

 U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a city forum last month. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he’ll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, of St. Sabina Church in Chicago, speaks at an event in 2013. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Rev. Pfleger wants guns banned from all archdiocese buildings

Sneed exclusive: The Rev. Michael Pfleger, the peacemaker priest who has been trying to get guns off the streets for years, has a new anti-gun target. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. Pfleger, the firebrand pastor of one of the largest African-American Catholic congregations in Chicago, now wants guns banned from all buildings belonging to the archdiocese.

Off Message: Medical Marijuana

 

Kate Grossman is joined by Chicago Sun-Times reporter Becky Schlikerman and Illinois House representatives Ann Williams and Ron Sandack to discuss Illinois' implementation of medical marijuana, how the roll out will happen and the probability of its success.

 

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.

MAP: Health care return on investment, by state

As millions of Americans continue to gain health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Illinois residents are enjoying one of the best return on investments related to health care costs, according to a new analysis from personal finance website WalletHub.

Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, pauses from campaigning Wednesday to practice meditation with children at Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th St., during a summer program focusing on healthful living, led by Troy Withers, center. File Photo by Sun-Times Media

Does ‘Amara Enyia’ ring a bell? It will.

Precious Quinn had never heard of the woman who walked into her drama class in the basement of the Austin Community Resource Center on Wednesday  and stood watching their scenes, then was introduced by teacher Arraon Hixson. “My name is Amara Enyia,” she began. “I live in East Garfield Park. I work in Austin. I met Arraon a few years ago. Arraon’s been doing this work in theater for years, I always respected, always enjoyed it, and I am running for mayor of the city of Chicago.”

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner talks to central Illinois farmers on Thursday, saying a coalition from the state's agriculture industry is backing his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

VIDEO: Rauner on Walgreens and corporate inversion

Republican Bruce Rauner said Thursday it would be “terrible” if Walgreens decided to move its headquarters to Switzerland to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But the venture capitalist said the way to stop such so-called “corporate inversions” is for Congress to “overhaul our tax code so we’re competitive.”  Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney questioned Rauner about the issue on Thursday.

Driving on marijuana questioned on busy day in Congress

Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

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.