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Bruce Rauner is getting a boost from his economic plan, new polls show. | AP Photo

Rauner pads lead against Quinn in new poll

What stocks are Illinois representatives buying?

A recent addition to the Center for Responsive Politics' database on Congressional Representatives' personal finances spotlights transactions of stocks, bonds and other securities made by members since 2012.

On Tuesday, Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn launched a new 60-second television commercial titled "Comeback." | AP file photo

Quinn debuts first television ad touting state's 'comeback'

SPRINGFIELD — Is he the Comeback Kid? On the same day a new poll shows Republican Bruce Rauner's double-digit lead growing, Democratic incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn launched a new 60-second television commercial titled "Comeback," marking his first sustained entry into what figures to be a long and brutal television ad war with his GOP rival between now and November.



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.

Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City on Tuesday. Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far. | AP Photo

Lawmakers scrambling to seal $225 million aid package for Israel

WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican members of Congress are scrambling to seal a $225 million boost to Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system before they break this week for a month-long recess.

Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan. | AP Photo

Ryan's hope: Help abolish death penalty nationwide

Ryan claims that, in the long run, the death penalty winds up costing the taxpayers more than a life sentence in a maximum-security facility — once you parse the legal costs and special privileges affixed to the appeals process — as well as the chance for error as the case travels from its inception, investigation and appeal, he said.

Obama dining with four Kansas City letter writers

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is taking four Kansas City residents out to dinner to chew over the concerns of heartland Americans, with little time remaining for action on pressing issues before Congress begins its August recess.

Chicago cop wins $540K suit vs. sergeant accused of taunting him

Officer Detlef Sommerfield sued the city and his former boss, Sgt. Lawrence C. Knasiak, in 2008, accusing Knasiak of taunting him for years with anti-Semitic and racist remarks, according to a federal court complaint. On Monday, a federal jury awarded $540,000 to Sommerfield.

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.

Pro-Israeli demonstrators aim their signs at the pro-Palestinian supporters across from 100 West Randolph Street on Monday afternoon in Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Supporters of Israel and Palestinian backers speak out at rallies

Supporters of Israel and Palestinian backers squared off on opposite sides of a downtown street Monday, pointing fingers about who’s to blame for ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip. Hundreds packed the square outside the Thompson Center, waving Israeli flags while public speakers condemned Hamas, the militant Palestinian faction in control of Gaza that has called for the destruction of Israel.