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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks to members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday afternoon at Maggiano's. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable

President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Sept. 10, vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist." On Monday, the finalists for the Obama library and museum were announced: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. | Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document — called a “Request for Proposal” — that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

Gov. Pat Quinn says his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future." | AP

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Gov. Pat Quinn contended in a federal court filing late Monday that a court-appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans, as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney.

White House backs use of body cameras by police

WASHINGTON — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

Secretary of State John Kerry | AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

PARIS — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.


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 GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson warms up for an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis earlier this month. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam, File)

Charge against Adrian Peterson redefines child abuse

Adrian Peterson’s indictment exposes the changing views on child abuse.  Peterson, a running back with the Minnesota Vikings, was charged last week with “negligent injury to a child” for an incident in which he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch. If Peterson is convicted, he could face up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine. But Peterson, who acknowledged his father whooped him as a child, is being punished for a behavior that was widely accepted in black culture. 

Teachers at Marshall High School are upset at the removal of their principal. Angel Johnson had been at the West Side neighborhood high school since 2010. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Marshall H.S. principal's ouster sparks confusion, questions

The timing of the sudden replacement of Marshall High School principal Angel Johnson just weeks into school had the West Side high school’s community confused and upset on Monday.

Economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich shown in the 2013 film "Inequality For All." (File Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

What they're not teaching at Harvard Business School

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School — inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

The time for action on diversity has come

Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded a lineup of six white men to present its new products. Even the entertainment — U2 — was all white.

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.