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Rahm Emanuel (center) and Bruce Rauner (second from right) outside the Paradise Valley Grill near Livingston, Montana, in 2010. Emanuel is carrying a bottle of Napa Valley Reserve, a wine produced by an exclusive invitation-only club. | David S. Lewis/Montana Pioneer

Rauner admits $100K wine club; Quinn whines of banana breakfast

Ira Goldman with his invention, the Knee Defender, at Washington's Reagan National Airport in 2003. Goldman invented the device, a beeper-sized block of plastic that lets airline passengers prevent the seat in front of them from reclining. (AP File Photo/Susan Walsh)

A knee-jerk reaction to the ‘right to recline’ debate

This is just so ridiculous that some airline passengers are going out and buying those Knee Defender gadgets to prevent the person in front of them from reclining their seat. I’m appalled. After all, as most tall people have learned by now, you can accomplish the same thing with the strategic use of the in-flight magazine, conveniently located in the seat pocket in front of you.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk talks Tuesday at a Bruce Rauner news conference announcing the Veterans for Rauner Coalition. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

U.S. Sen. Kirk on ISIS: Obama should 'bomb the hell out them'

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as the Illinois Republican offered sobering advice to family members of those held captive by the Islamic militant group. “I would say to any family member: If your family member is in ISIS’ hands, it’s not likely that person’s going to return,” said Kirk.


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.

See, who says opposing sides can't get along? Rauner and Quinn dueling mascots, Quinnocchio and Baron von Moneybags spent some time together at the Illinois State Fair.

The art of digging up political dirt

WBEZ has taken a look at opposition researchers, and specifically, who is shoveling what during the campaign season.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel gets good news from Wall Street — for a change

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 decision to double water and sewer rates over a four-year period--followed by annual rate hikes to keep pace with inflation — was a bitter pill to swallow for 5.3 million city and suburban customers. But it paid dividends on Wall Street Tuesday.

President Barack Obama | Getty Images

Most Americans worry about Obama's lack of strategy on ISIS

A new poll shows that voters consider Islamic terrorist group ISIS as a major threat to the United States and have an overwhelming amount of concern over President Barack Obama's strategy — or lack thereof — to deal with the problem.

LEFT: Scott K. Summers, candidate for Illinois governor. RIGHT: Sheldon Schafer, candidate for secretary of state.

2 Green Party candidates to run as write-ins

Two Illinois Green Party candidates whose statewide slate was knocked off the ballot last month will run as write-in candidates this November.

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.

In this handout image shows American journalist Steven Sotloff (center with black helmet) talking to Libyan rebels on the Al Dafniya front line on June 2, 2011 in Misrata, Libya. Sotloff was kidnapped in August 2013 near Aleppo, Syria. | Getty Images

Islamic State claims to have executed journalist Steven Sotloff

BEIRUT — An Internet video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group, which called it retribution for continued U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.