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Gov. Pat Quinn and Rev. Michael Pfleger led a weekly peace walk in the streets around Saint Sabina earlier this month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Quinn opens up new Rauner attack — on assault weapons

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle presides over a Cook County Board Meeting in May. File Photo. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

County commissioners switch votes, rehire erstwhile contractor

Turning a popular political saying on its side, a majority of Cook County commissioners on Wednesday were against it before they were for it.

Near North Commander William Dunn talks to a mayoral staffer during Thursday's City Council hearing on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's crackdown on graffiti. Dunn told the council's Public Safety Committee that it is very hard to catch graffiti vandals in the act. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Aldermen crack down on graffiti "cancer" by doubling fines

Chicago aldermen know they're probably fighting a losing battle against graffiti, considering that the perpetrators are hard to catch, but they're trying anyway. On Thursday, the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s to raise fines that can be levied against the vandals and even impose fines and their guardians.


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.

House advances bill to sue Obama

WASHINGTON — House Republicans cleared the way Thursday for a House vote on legislation authorizing an election-year lawsuit that accuses President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.

WATCH: Self-deported alien tells how Dick Durbin helped him

Wednesday night on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert featured the story of a self-deported alien's journey back into America and the incredible feat he accomplished with some undocumented Mexican boys, all of which wouldn't have been possible without the help of Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. | AP file photo

Ryan proposes merging 11 anti-poverty programs

WASHINGTON — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty.

If Hillary Clinton were to run for president in 2016, and if the election was held today, she'd easily win, according to a new poll. | AP Photo

Poll: Florida wants Hillary Clinton, not Jeb Bush in White House

Even in Florida, voters would rather see another Clinton in the White House than another Bush, with a new poll showing Hillary Clinton has as much as a 21 percentage point lead over potential GOP candidates.

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.

Ken Griffin with his wife, Anne Dias Griffin | File photo

Billionaire Ken Griffin, chief of Citadel, files for divorce

Billionaire Ken Griffin, the founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a hedge fund and financial services firm based in Chicago, has filed for divorce from his wife, Anne Dias Griffin, a hedge-fund executive from France. Griffen also recently made news for his record-breaking $2.5 million contribution to Bruce Rauner’s gubernatorial campaign.