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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (pictured in May 2012) | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-Mayor Daley’s law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel

Democrat Rep. Bill Foster | Sun-Times file photo

Foster overwhelms Senger in race for campaign cash in 11th

Tucked away in downtown Naperville, just a few blocks apart, are the campaign offices of Democrat Rep. Bill Foster and his Republican rival, state Rep. Darlene Senger. Senger’s folks work from rooms with a pleasant view of the DuPage River in a building facing a wrecking ball in a few months. Foster’s staff sits, for now, in a tiny, stuffy cell hidden behind a barber shop. As the Senger and Foster teams crank up for the November election from their outposts, Foster starts with a commanding lead in the money race to win. Senger has almost nothing in her war chest. 

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. | AP Photo

Ex-justice says politics can be factor in retiring

WASHINGTON — John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.

Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

SPRINGFIELD — A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.

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.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP Photo

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said the U.S. is looking to reassure its European allies. | Susan Walsh/AP file

U.S. weighs military exercises in Eastern Europe

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia’s buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

First lady Michelle Obama will appear on a May 7 episode of "Nashville." | Carolyn Kaster/AP file

Michelle Obama to appear on 'Nashville'

The office of first lady Michelle Obama says she’ll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama “Nashville," in an episode titled “All Or Nothing With Me” set at Fort Campbell, Ky.

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.

John Thomas is shown leaving court Friday. The former federal informant is accused of stealing $370,000 from the village of Riverdale that was meant for the development of Riverdale Marina. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Informant in Rezko, Carothers cases accused of stealing TIF money

Federal authorities gave long-time government mole John Thomas a Good Friday surprise, arresting him at his home early Friday morning.