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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Rauner firing blanks in flap over hired gun in ballot challenge?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un inspects the Chonji Lubricant Factory earlier this month. | Getty Images

North Korea fires shot at U.S., the 'graveyard of human rights'

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights."

Can Karen Lewis guard the henhouse?

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, is clearly preparing to run for mayor of Chicago — filing the necessary forms with the State Board of Elections, circulating petitions to get on the ballot and meeting with community groups. If elected next spring, one of Lewis’ first big jobs as mayor would be to negotiate a new contract with the CTU. Does anybody think that’s a job Karen Lewis could do?

Gov. Pat Quinn signs workplace protection bill for pregnant women.

Gov. Quinn signs law protecting pregnant women in workplace

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a measure that will give added protections to women who are working while they are pregnant. "No pregnant woman should have to choose between having her baby and keeping her job," Quinn said. "It's making sure that there are reasonable accomodations by our empoyers for our employees who happen to be women who are pregnant." 

 

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.

Rod Blagojevich addresses the media as his wife Patti listens outside their home in 2012. File Photo. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times

Blago to Patti: ‘The end of this nightmare must surely be near'

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is still awaiting word on his appeal in a federal prison outside of Denver, must be one proud dad.  Sneed is told his daughter, Amy, 18, just got accepted at Northwestern University and will be studying journalism at Medill. “She wants to be a reporter,” said a source.  Meanwhile, Blago’s wife, Patti, posted a wedding anniversary letter from her imprisoned hubby on her Facebook page Monday night.

Signs for a Tim Hortons restaurant, foreground, and a Burger King restaurant along Peach Street Tuesday in Erie, Penn. (AP Photo/Erie Times-News, Christopher Millette)

O doughnut chain! Canada flips as Burger King buys Tim Hortons

Brand loyalty is a funny thing. Because it’s a kind of love. And love is a funny thing. Take Burger King. I do not love Burger King because I’ve never loved Burger King. McDonald’s, all shiny white and red tile, showed up and won me when I was a wee lad. So had the news Tuesday been that Burger King was going out of business, except for sincere sorrow at the loss of jobs, I’d be indifferent. But instead the news is that BK is buying Tim Hortons, the Canadian doughnut chain, and while we barely note it in passing here, north of the border it is a huge deal. 

President Barack Obama selects a club while golfing at Farm Neck Golf Club, in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Saturday. (AP File Photo/Steven Senne)

Hillary can’t be Obama’s third term

I wonder whether there is anyone in the West Wing who has the valor and the vigor to occasionally tell the president off. Was there anyone who said last week: “Uh, the golf thing, Mr. President? Maybe delay it a couple of days? So it doesn’t come minutes after you tell the nation how ‘heartbroken’ you are over a beheaded journalist. Maybe go hiking? Sit on a rock, commune with nature, that kind of thing?”

Judge Richard Posner (shown, at podium) at Northwestern Law School in 2003. File Photo. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Judge’s questions suggest gay marriage coming to Wis. and Ind.

Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer was a scant 35 seconds into his defense of his state’s ban on gay marriage Tuesday when Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner let him know where he stood. By the time Posner got to his key point he had made plain his hostility to the positions being advanced by Indiana — and Wisconsin — in support of their desire to continue to discriminate against gay couples.

With children and others as a backdrop Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn announces $3.8 million in capital investments in Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Ill. (AP File Photo/The Telegraph, John Badman)

Quinn: It's up to agencies to follow hiring rules

Gov. Pat Quinn said his own department heads should follow hiring rules he's laid out -- even when they're considering recommendations from the governor's office. Quinn made the remarks at a Chicago news availability on Tuesday in the wake of an IDOT patronage scandal. Former IDOT Director Ann Schneider blamed Quinn for filling non-political positions with political hires.   

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.

Mayor Emanuel and CPS CEO Byrd-Bennett announced the completion of the first phase of air conditioning installation in Chicago Public school classrooms last week. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Pediatricians' warning won't force CPS to push back start times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked schools CEO on Tuesday resisted a pediatricians' push to roll back school starting times so middle- and high-school students can get more sleep.