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Colin Collette, left, and his partner Will Nifong in Rome, where they became engaged. Photo courtesy of Will Nifong.

Catholic choir director fired after same-sex engagement

The Willis Clan await their fate on "America's Got Talent." Pictured: (l-r) Dan Naturman, The Willis Clan, Sean Jones and Luke Pialis. (Photo byEric Liebowitz/NBC)

Willis Clan off 'America’s Got Talent'—'thrilled' with experience

The Willis family kept its positive attitude Wednesday, despite not making it through to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent.” Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times after the show aired on NBC, and the Willis Clan was eliminated, Brenda Willis said her family is not disappointed by the end of their run on the talent show. 

Kathy Byrne. Photo by Sun-Times Media

Campaign to honor ‘trailblazer' Jane Byrne started here

It’s a go! It’s done! And it’s two months to the day since this column started a campaign to right a wrong: The city’s failure to honor the legacy of its only woman mayor — Jane M. Byrne. In a unanimous vote, the City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing Byrne, who served from 1979 to 1983, by renaming the Old Chicago Water Tower Park to the Mayor Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber on Capitol Hill. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

House votes to file lawsuit against President Obama

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority.

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, appear together for the first time before the 2014 general election, during the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in April. IEA president Cinda Klickna. who moderated the event, sits between them. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Teachers' unions side with Quinn over Rauner

SPRINGFIELD-It was a clean sweep for Gov. Pat Quinn with the state's two biggest teachers unions -- even though he and they are battling it out in court over the constitutionality of the pension-reform law he championed and signed into law.


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.

A woman takes a snapshot on July 21 of a pharmacy that was set alight after a pro-Palestinian protest in France against Israel's Gaza offensive/

Israel can’t let up in war on terror

There is a lot of talk about how Israel is faring in the propaganda war over terrorism in the Gaza Strip. There can be little doubt, though, that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the firm backing of 90 percent of Israeli Jews, is determined to win the actual war, to accomplish the worthy goal of crippling Hamas’ ability to wage terror on Israeli civilians

Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens the new quarters for Engine Company 16 of the Chicago Fire Department in 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times File Photo

Rahm: Strength of CPS diversity behind hiring preference plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to give graduates of Chicago Public Schools a leg up on city jobs — including Chicago firefighters.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says

Citing his immigrant grandfather’s frightening flight from the pogroms of Eastern Europe, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday defended his decision to open the city’s arms to 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America.

Gov. Pat Quinn at a Berwyn elementary school on Tuesday. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Quinn rips Rauner for supporting "unpatriotic" corporate behavior

Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday accused his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner of supporting “bad behavior” by “unpatriotic” corporations such as Walgreens, which is considering moving its headquarters out of the U.S. to avoid paying corporate taxes.  “For anybody running for public office in Illinois to endorse that kind of bad behavior – loopholes that are really taking advantage of the American tax payer,” Quinn said.  “I think we really have to say that candidate is way wrong, way off base. It’s time that we make sure we stay in America and help Americans — and not run off to a foreign country to avoid taxation.” 

GOP pushes House toward approving Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Republicans pushed a divided House Wednesday toward a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of deliberately exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

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.

Former Ald. Helen Shiller | Sun-Times file photo

Independent budget analyst for council needs to be independent

The notion of installing former Ald. Helen Shiller as the City Council’s new independent budget analyst is one of those bad ideas you hope will go away on its own before it gets personal.

No such luck.