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Republican Bruce Rauner responds to a reporter's question after a debate against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Rauner firm’s head-scratching federal case vs. critics

Rosalyn Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock College Preparatory High School, speaks during a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposal to convert Hancock into a selective enrollment school. She says the “unilateral decision” disregarded community input. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before vote on Hancock school conversion

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input. 

The politics of fear — and Ebola

Can you get the light out of my eyes? No. Can you loosen the handcuffs? No. Why am I here? You coughed. Coughing is a symptom of Ebola. We must protect the homeland.

Undocumented immigrants face long wait for driver’s license

Every morning at 9 a.m., a ritual plays out in homes and offices across the Chicago area as thousands of people dial their phones or click online in hopes of being among the relatively few selected for that day’s chance at a valuable prize. But this is no radio contest, and failure to “win” can be more frustrating than losing out on a big cash jackpot. These contestants are undocumented immigrants trying to get an appointment with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to apply for a driver’s license.

 
In this Nov. 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama awards former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Bradlee died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014, according to the Washington Post. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

President Obama salutes Washington Post legend Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee's hallmark contribution to journalism was guiding the story that led to the only presidential resignation in U.S. history. 

City Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan in his Chicago office, in 2012. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City Council IG goes to court to force city to pay him

The political power struggle between Chicago aldermen and a handpicked inspector general many aldermen accuse of overstepping his bounds boiled over into Circuit Court Tuesday.

CPS to announce the first sale of a shuttered school

Chicago Public Schools will announce on Wednesday the first sale of the 47 school campuses it shuttered in a massive 2013 closing — selling Peabody Elementary School on the near Northwest Side for about $3.5 million, district officials confirmed Tuesday. It’s also putting several more shuttered schools on the market, Chief Operating Officer Tom Tyrrell said.  

Cannabis grows best in the sunshine

While cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, Illinois is now one of 21 states that have created a legal framework for its medical production and distribution. There has been a lot of reporting on the new industry, but a fundamental question has been largely overlooked: How should legal cannabis be grown?

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.

Former President Bill Clinton appears with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as they address workers, labor leaders and business leaders at Wheatland Tube Co. on Tuesday in Chicago. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Bill Clinton stumps for Quinn; tells workers to look to future

It's just another day of a steady stream of star-studded pols strutting through town to stump for Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election. And Tuesday means former President Bill Clinton. For Bruce Rauner, it means Chris Christie in Rockford.