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Before her stint with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart (left), Colleen Haran worked as a legislative aide from 1990 to 2007 for the City Council’s Committee on Finance, which is run by Ald. Ed Burke (14th), according to documents obtained from the sheriff’s office and interviews. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Clout-heavy assistant to Sheriff Dart can't keep track of time

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the lawn on the North side of the White House in Washington, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended. | Susan Walsh / AP

White House intruder identified as Army veteran

WASHINGTON — The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

Even with crime and taxes that Chicagoans rate as "one of the worst" in the nation, residents aren't ready to pack up and leave. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

If money was no object, where would Chicagoans live?

Despite the fact that about three-quarters of Chicagoans rate the metropolitan area as “one of the worst” in the country in terms of crime and tax rates, a majority would still live here if money was no object.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Running against Rahm means running for the mayoral runoff

Now that Alderman Bob Fioretti has announced he's running for mayor, it's a good time to remind you—once again—that we have a runoff system for electing mayors in Chicago.


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.

Sen. Dick Durbin and candidate Jim Oberweis are feuding over the minimum wage. | AP file

Durbin to Oberweis: You're a walking tax inversion

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin accused his Republican opponent, state Sen. Jim Oberweis, of being a “walking inversion,” and called on him to raise the wages of those scooping ice cream at Oberweis Dairies across the state as well as disclose the ratio of women to men in his business.

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.

National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell, addresses the media Friday. (AP File Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Carmine Galasso)

NFL's shame will be yesterday's news

Long before Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice cold-cocked his then-finance in an elevator and before Minnesota Viking’s MVP Adrian Peterson whipped his four-year-old son bloody with a wooden switch, there have been so many other so-called “teachable moments” from which the league was unwilling to learn anything.