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Visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the craps table while other play the slot machines in Joliet in this May 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

City not at the table for casino discussion

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Kirk will campaign for Oberweis in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

The slow pace of fundraising by Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has allies of Mayor Rahm Emanuel convinced she does not plan to challenge him for mayor. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Slow Preckwinkle fundraising makes mayoral bid seem unlikely

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s camp is more convinced than ever that Toni Preckwinkle is not planning to run for mayor after perusing the Cook County Board president’s latest campaign financing report.

Obama, Biden head to Pennsylvania to announce $600M in job grants

WASHINGTON — Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

Republican candidates (left to right) former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (PA), U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Governor Mitt Romney (MA), U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (TX), former Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN), and businessman Herman Cain prepare for their debate June 13, 2011 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire. | Getty Images

2012 presidential candidates still in debt from failed campaigns

The 2012 presidential election has long been over, and many of the candidates' pulled the plug on their runs long before the primary — but their campaign debts still linger years later.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.