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State Sen. Donne Trotter enters the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Michael Schmidt

Bribe allegations against state Sen. Donne Trotter withdrawn

President Barack Obama walks with senior adviser Valerie Jarrett as he leaves a fundraising event in Los Altos Hills, Calif., in July. (AP File Photo)

What’s the secret to Valerie Jarrett’s security detail?

Sneed hears White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, who is this/close to President Barack Obama and his family, may be the worst abuser of her Secret Service security. As the Secret Service reels from agency bumbling and the forced resignation Wednesday of its director Julia Pierson, two top sources tell Sneed Jarrett uses her security detail to go everywhere with her except the bathroom.


President Obama jumps aboard Marine One after landing in Gary on his way to downtown Chicago on Wednesday night. | Scott Olson / Getty Images

Obama dining at RPM steak with Chicago pals

President Barack Obama is dining Wednesday night back home in Chicago at RPM Steak on Kinzie, joined by Chicago pals including Marty Nesbitt, the chair of the Obama Foundation, which is currently seeking detailed bids from four schools competing to host the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.

President Obama is greeted by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN, at Gary Chicago International Airport October 1, 2014 in Gary, Indiana.| Brendan Smialowski

Obama lands at Gary airport: helicopter to Soldier Field

Air Force One flying President Barack Obama back home landed at the Gary/Chicago airport on Wednesday night. The president is taking a short helicopter flight from the Indiana airport near the Illinois border to a landing area near Soldier Field.

This undated file image made available by the CDC shows the Ebola Virus. (AP File Photo/CDC)

Expert assurances provide little relief

As one old enough to recall the national trauma of the murder of John F. Kennedy and the attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan, I saw nothing funny in the jokes by late-night comedians ridiculing the Secret Service over the recent intrusion of an armed man into the White House. And given the scandal about Veterans Administration health care, the disastrous rollout of the Obamacare website and the summer’s breach of the border by Central American children, I’m not exactly reassured by the experts declaring Ebola can be controlled now that we have the first case of a sick traveler in the country.


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.

An American Airlines jet is prepared for a flight at O'Hare Airport in December. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Navy mom making waves over airline losing son’s seabag

Seaman recruit Thomas Tudisco Jr., fresh out of boot camp at Naval Station Great Lakes, boarded the first flight of his life Saturday from O’Hare en route to his new assignment at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. Naturally, the airline lost his seabag. This left the 18-year-old Tudisco without his uniforms, his personal effects or even a clean change of underwear, which is probably not the best way in the military for a new recruit to make a good first impression.


A city of Chicago red-light camera. | AP photo

96 percent of disputed city red-light tickets upheld

An independent third party hired by the city has upheld 96 percent of disputed red-light tickets issued after suspicious spikes at a dozen Chicago intersections.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announcing the Chicago Star Scholarship program on Wednesday.| Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel rules out raising property, sales and gas taxes

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ruled out pre-election increases in property, sales or gasoline taxes but pointedly refused to say whether he would steer clear of any other taxes, fines or fees.

Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

WASHINGTON — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

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 Rahm Emanuel says Chicago cab drivers don't need a fare increase. He says he prefers saving them money by easing regulations. | File Photo

Emanuel says cab fare hike not needed, prefers to fix bureaucracy

Chicago cabdrivers have been waiting nearly 10 years for a fare hike. Their wait will continue if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way — and not just until after the election.