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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about a new medical, health and biopharma innovation hub in the Merchandise Mart in August. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel super PAC rakes in $2.4 million since late June

A US Park Service worker blows leaves away from an added security fence in front of the White House on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

White House intruder tip of iceberg

He is a threat assessment expert who has worked with high U.S. government security agencies for many years. He is an expert on how the Secret Service operates to protect our top leaders. He is not a happy man. “There has been a leakage of the best and most balanced agents from the Secret Service,” he told me. We need boots on the ground. At the White House. And I don’t mean military boots. I mean the boots — OK, shoes — of Secret Service agents armed with new thinking and new supervisors.

A criminal convicted of murder under French law is led to the guillotine in 1929. As was customary in France, the execution was held at 5 a.m. in the open street. | Sun-Times archive

Beheading shocks us, but we’ll get used to it

News this week told of a fired nursing home employee in Oklahoma who threatened to come back and behead his former co-workers, inspired no doubt by the atrocity that happened days earlier and 20 miles away. Is this going to be a trend? You could argue it already is. 

John Theis (center), lawyer for Barbara Shaw, the former director of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, says his client will answer questions next week from a legislative panel investigating the governor's failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and won't assert her Fifth Amendment rights. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Lawyer: Key witness will answer questions from panel probing NRI

SPRINGFIELD — The former head of the state agency Gov. Pat Quinn put in charge of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program will answer questions from a legislative panel next week, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Republican Bruce Rauner visits his Chicago campaign headquarters in January. File Photo. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year



SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid. Rauner’s words mark the first time he has publicly staked out that position after sidestepping the question of a possible rollback of the state’s Medicaid expansion during a joint appearance in March with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and at a Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting a month earlier.



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.

State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, speaks at a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Pat Quinn at Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 S. Wabash Ave., in July. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Mugabe lobby trial might require some sifting through the b.s.

Strange things can happen when state legislators play foreign diplomat —especially, it would seem, if they are Illinois state legislators. Exhibit A: the ongoing federal trial of Chicago businessman C. Gregory Turner on charges he illegally lobbied on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe to lift U.S. sanctions on the African regime.


President Barack Obama talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they walk over to greet people after Obama arrived at O'Hare International Airport in May. | Susan Walsh/AP

Obama to use Gary airport, not O'Hare or Midway after FAA fire

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly in and out of the airport at Gary, Ind., on Wednesday and Thursday, in the wake of flight delays still plaguing O'Hare and Midway airports following an arson fire on Friday damaging the FAA radar facility in Aurora. 

Accused White House intruder indicted

Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.

GOP Chair Timothy Schneider told the City Club of Chicago that Republicans are gaining traction in four congressional races. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

IL GOP Party Chair predicts 'great energy' for Republicans in Nov

GOP Chair Timothy Schneider predicted November would bear plentiful fruit for Illinois Republicans, from the governor’s race to state house seats to Capitol Hill.

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.