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In one of their more intimate public poses, Penny Severns, right, and Terry Mutchler stand closely to one another during a Venezuelan vacation. | Seal Press photo

Memoir reveals love between state Sen. Penny Severns, journalist

Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections.

Obama guidance & press schedule, Aug. 30, 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday travels to Westchester County, not far from New York City.  It's not on the schedule but the trip is for the president and first lady Michelle to attend the wedding of their personal White House chef and food policy advisor Sam Kass, a Chicagoan who is marrying MSNBC host Alex Wagner.


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.

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Prostitute’s life, death messy — like trial of her accused killer

This was supposed to be the final chapter in my long-running saga on the death of homeless prostitute Cynthia Barnes with the conclusion of trial Friday for the man accused of killing her three years ago on the Southwest Side. But just as Barnes’ life and death were messy affairs, the trial also proved less than tidy with an unexpected delay mere minutes from the finish of closing arguments.

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Will Karen Lewis button down campaign with some history?

The blue button is back! Could the resurrection of the late Mayor Harold Washington’s 1983 mayoral blue campaign button . . . turn Mayor Rahm Emanuel red? Sneed is told a cache of blue buttons was delivered as a gift to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, who has yet to decide whether she will run for mayor.  The buttons are already being worn by some of her supporters, but are they soon to head to the street?

Mayor Jane Byrne gets her photo taken with her relatives after the dedication by the governor renaming the circle interchange to the Jane Byrne Interchange Friday afternoon at University of Illinois at Chicago campus. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Quinn: Jane Byrne Interchange 'right name for a coming together'

As thousands of Labor Day weekend travelers inch their way through the city’s expressways, they’ll notice a new group of signs posted at the circle interchange. The confluence of the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways and the Congress Parkway is now the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Retired Judge Patricia Brown Holmes talks about the new monument that pays tribute to some of those families affected by the 2009 scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery. 4400 W. 127th. Alsip, Il. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Officials tout Burr Oak Cemetery’s monument, renovation

The late Emmett Till’s cousin Ollie Gordon nearly choked up Friday as she stood on the grounds of Burr Oak Cemetery where Till’s remains are buried and where a grave reselling scandal had brought many to tears. But on this day, she felt some peace following the dedication of a memorial at the historic black cemetery.

In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. (AP File Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization

It is time to call a halt to the War on Drugs. As LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) has concluded, the war has become a danger to public health and public safety, destroying lives and wasting billions on law enforcement.

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.

Obama foreign policy is dangerously aimless

President Barack Obama’s statement that “we don’t have a strategy yet” against the Islamist army rampaging across Syria will hearten Americans opposed to escalating the U.S. role in the Middle East chaos. But it’s hard to see how the fanatics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria won’t interpret it as Obama backing away from another American “red line.”