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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

CPS wants to delay start of new standardized test

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.

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.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 23: American feminist, journalist and political activist Gloria Steinem participates in a panel discussion during the White House Summit On Working Families at the Omni Shoreham hotel June 23, 2014 in Washington, DC. Organized by the White House, the Labor Department and the Center for American Progress, the summit explored ideas like paid sick, maternity leave and universal preschool. President Obama on Monday ordered federal departments and agencies "to expand flexible workplace policies to the maximum extent possible," with an eye toward improving flexibility for parents. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem to give Gov. Quinn boost Friday

Iconic feminist Gloria Steinem lands in Chicago on Friday in an effort to energize the female vote for Gov. Pat Quinn, a source tells Early & Often.

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.

Chicago attorney Michael Shakman has complained about politically-motivated hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation. | Sun-Times File Photo

Federal monitor to be appointed to oversee hiring at IDOT

A federal judge has agreed to appoint a monitor to oversee hiring decisions at the Illinois Department of Transportation.