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Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago testifies Friday at City Council budget hearings. Photo by Fran Spielman

Chicago Fire Department hiring exacerbates racial divide

New York City city workers hand out Ebola information sheets near The Gutter bowling alley where New York City's first Ebola patient visited before showing symptoms of the virus on October 24, 2014 in New York City. Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned to the US from Guinea 10 days ago, tested positive for Ebola on Thursday and is now being cared for at Bellevue Hospital. (File Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ebola shows how government bumbles

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating.

Carol Marin checks her debate sheets before the taping of the final Gubernatorial debate between Gov. Patrick Quinn and Comptroller Daniel Hynes at the WTTW Chicago Tonight Studios in 2010. File Photo by Dom Najolia, Chicago Sun-Times

I belong to no candidate. Never have

Reporters are taught to cover the story, not be the story.

But when Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned in protest this week after 19 distinguished years at the paper, he knew there wasn’t much choice.

Thieves stole this barbecue pit last week from the parking lot at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Ashland, where it was used to cook special meals for the men participating in the substance abuse treatment program. Let's help get it back. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Help smoke this thief out, so he can be grilled by the cops

This is the first story I can remember ever writing about a stolen barbecue grill. But the Fat 50 Squared, I am assured, is no ordinary barbecue grill. Even to call it a grill is an insult. 

Jill Biden stumps with Schneider Monday: GOTV female votes

WASHINGTON--Dr. Jill Biden stumps with Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., at a Northbrook deli on Monday, at an event designed to get out the female vote as Schneider battles former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill., Before the deli, Biden will also stop by a Democratic Party of Illinois office in Glenview with Schneider for a women's phone bank event.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke Friday at the University of Chicago. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Albright: "The world's a mess"

She’s on a box of Wheaties, and knows how to zing Conan O’Brien on Twitter.

Former Obama lawyer nixes attorney general offer

WASHINGTON — Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has told President Barack Obama she doesn't want to be nominated for attorney general, after he asked her to consider succeeding Eric Holder, people familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press on Friday.

Chicago Public Schools will formally issue a request for proposals in December for a new school to be put in the Dyett High School building at 555 E. 51st St. in Bronzeville. | File Photo

Under pressure from community, CPS wants new Dyett HS

Phased out over the past few years to just 13 seniors, Dyett High School in Bronzeville will again be an open-enrollment high school, Chicago Public Schools announced Friday as it yielded to community pressure.  

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.

Ald. Scott Waguespack during a City Council meeting last year. File Photo. | Brian Jackson ~ Sun-Times

Aldermen vent their anger about problem bars and businesses

Bad-actor bars, 24-hour gas stations and convenience stores with shootings and fights outside every weekend. Late-night barber shops with gambling in the basement. Illegal bed & breakfast places. On Friday, Chicago aldermen vented their frustrations about those and other issues.