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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown with Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in July, thinks his city's approach on marijuana citations should be tried statewide, but stats show Chicago's effort to decriminalize small amounts of drugs has been a bust. | Associated Press

Emanuel proposes softer statewide penalties for drug offenses

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2010 | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Ex-Mayor Daley's firm profits from Lollapalooza's promoter's deal

Richard M. Daley was mayor when Chicago first agreed to turn over Grant Park for a summer weekend every year to three guys who all are named Charlie. Within a year of Daley’s last day in the mayor's office, the three Charlies would no longer enjoy the break they had been getting from paying local amusement taxes for their Lollapalooza music festival. Yet the relationship between their company, C3 Presents LLC, and the Daley family has endured and grown.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, center, speaks at an event where he was endorsed by a group of black ministers on Monday. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Group of ministers endorses Rauner

A group of black ministers has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, saying they were drawn by the wealthy businessman's vision for the state, not his money.

President Barack Obama addresses the Climate Summit at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday. | AP Photo/Richard Drew

Obama: No nation gets 'free pass' on climate

UNITED NATIONS — In a forceful appeal for international cooperation on limiting carbon pollution, President Barack Obama warned starkly on Tuesday that the globe's climate is changing faster than efforts to address it. "Nobody gets a pass," he declared. "We have to raise our collective ambition."

 

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.

A map of U.S. airstrikes in Syria was shown at a Pentagon briefing. | AP Photo

Pentagon says strikes against ISIS part of 'persistent' campaign

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says airstrikes in Syria and Iraq are the beginning of a "credible and sustainable, persistent" campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group.

As Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis continues to ponder a run for mayor, CPS employees have been reminded that school district policy means that prohibits improper political activity on the job. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

CPS reminds employees of restrictions on political activity

As petitions began circulating to add the president of the Chicago Teachers Union to the mayoral ballot, the head of Chicago Public Schools reminded employees that engaging in improper political activity on the job could cost them their jobs.

Government hackers try to crack HealthCare.gov

WASHINGTON — The government's own watchdogs tried to hack into HealthCare.gov earlier this year and found what they termed a critical vulnerability — but also came away with respect for some of the health insurance site's security features.

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.

Dold, Schneider, Illinois 10 rivals, appear at Stevenson HS event

WASHINGTON — The Illinois 10th congressional district rivals, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and rival former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., appear at an election 2014 event on Tuesday evening hosted by the Stevenson High School Political Action Club and the Mikva Challenge. The event runs from 6 p.m. through 8:30 p.m. and features other candidates.