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New city treasurer Kurt Summers (left) was formally introduced Wednesday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Also attending the festivities was Summers' former math teacher at Whitney Young, Greg Mason (right), now principal of Murray Elementary Language Academy in Chicago. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Emanuel's appointment of new treasurer denounced as insider deal

Rauner’s big plans for Illinois? None of your business

At Monday night’s Illinois governor debate, Republican Bruce Rauner completed an amazing personal transformation — of a kind only seen in religion and politics — when he vowed he “will” raise the state’s minimum wage if elected. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) jokes about getting only one page of paper for notes before his debate with his challenger, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, during Wednesday night's debate. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

At Durbin debate, Oberweis flips, says he now backs gay marriage

WASHINGTON — GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis said he would support a federal marriage-equality measure at Wednesday’s debate with rival Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., after voting against a gay-marriage bill as a state senator and maintaining his opposition throughout his Senate bid.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson talks to Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) after testifying Wednesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Ferguson says "maturation" helped end his cold war with Emanuel

Inspector General Joe Ferguson acknowledged Wednesday that “a little maturation on my part” and a “more measured approach” toward how he speaks set the stage for his political détente with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett told the Board of Education at their monthly meeting Wednesday that she still wants to delay implementing a new test which long has been scheduled to replace the Illinois Standard Achievement Test and Prairie State Achievement Exam statewide. | Sun-Times File Photo

CPS wants to delay new test even though state already said 'No'

In response to public outcry and internal concerns, Chicago Public Schools wants to delay the full implementation of a new standardized test and continue with a smaller pilot program for another year.

 

White House says immigration plans are anything but final

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday cautioned against making assumptions about President Barack Obama's changes to immigration rules based on a new federal contract proposal from the Homeland Security Department to buy enough supplies to make as many as 34 million immigrant work permits and residency cards over the next five years.

Biden in Chicago for Illinois Democrats, Colorado senator

UPDATED...(Biden returns to Illinois Monday) WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden travels to Chicago on Wednesday to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Rep. Brad Schneider and fellow Democrats Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. The rally is in Vernon Hills, in Schneider's 10th congressional district.

Evan Lee places yard signs at an early voting site in Houston, Texas. | AP Photo/The Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado

Midterm election projected to cost nearly $4 billion

There's big money involved in politics, and it's never been bigger than this year's midterm, according to projections from the Center for Responsive Politics.

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.

Homeland Security blasts 'serious lapse' at Secret Service

WASHINGTON — A government investigation Wednesday criticized a bizarre Secret Service assignment that pulled agents from their duty near the White House and sent them to the rural Maryland home of a headquarters employee embroiled in a personal dispute with a neighbor.