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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley | Sun-Times file photo

3 Daley scandals cost taxpayers $6 million in legal fees

President Obama votes at the Matin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Monday morning. | Brian Slodysko / Sun-Times

Obama casts his vote early in Chicago

President Barack Obama has cast his vote early  on the South Side for the 2014 midterm elections.

Bruce Rauner and Pat Quinn make nice for the moment at their previous debate on October 14. The two candidates for governor square off again tonight. | Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

Next Illinois governor debate: Things to Watch

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are gearing up for their third and likely final televised debate Monday, locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of the November election.

Obama guidance, press schedule Oct. 20, 2014. In Chicago all day

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is spending a rare unscheduled day in Chicago on Monday, with the only event on his public sked a $10,000-a-person fundraiser this evening to benefit the Democratic National Committee at the home of Barbara Goodman Manilow.

Chicago city treasurer Stephanie Neely, shown taking the oath of office back in 2011, has resigned, which allowed Mayor Rahm Emanuel to appoint Kurt Summers as her replacement. Neely was appointed in 2006 after her predecessor, Judy Rice, also resigned, allowing Neely to be appointed by then-Mayor Richard M. Daley. | Sun-Times File Photo

Neely's pre-election resignation deja vu of how she got her start

Eight years ago, a pre-election resignation paved the way for then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to pluck Stephanie Neely out of political obscurity and appoint her to the $133,545-a-year job of city treasurer.

 

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.

President Barack Obama with Gov. Pat Quinn at a get-out-the-vote rally Sunday night at Chicago State University's Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Obama headlines rally for Gov. Quinn at Chicago State University

President Barack Obama returned home Sunday to the South Side of Chicago to make a plea for the re-election of Gov. Pat Quinn — just as early voting is set to begin Monday in Illinois. “You’ve got to have his back,” Obama said, urging the crowd — estimated at 6,200 people — to vote for Quinn. 

Medical marijuana is displayed at the state-licensed beMindful marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado. | Dustin Park/Sun-Times Media

A New Crop: In Denver, 'budtenders' sell legal pot to clients

DENVER — When a customer seeking medical marijuana comes into the dispensary on Colfax Street, Jamie Murray wants to know: How do you want to feel? Each type of marijuana has different effects. “If somebody wants to feel a little bit more stimulated, I’m going to point them in the direction of the sativa. If they want to feel a little bit more euphoric, I’ll go with a hybrid,” said Murray, a “budtender” at the beMindful dispensary.

Marco Vasquez, chief of Police for Erie, Colorado, discusses how legalizing marijuana affects law enforcement. | Dustin Park/Sun-Times

A New Crop: When state and federal law collide, questions arise

Despite Illinois’ attempt to have total control over the new industry before plants are sprouting, patients using marijuana and entrepreneurs will have issues to contend with. Chief among them is the discord between federal and state law.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel | Getty Images

30-member military medical team to help with Ebola in U.S.

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to prepare and train a 30-member medical support team that could provide short-term help to civilian health professionals if there are more Ebola cases in the United States.

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.