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Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday afternoon for a pro-Israel rally across the street from the Israeli Consulate in Chicago. | Becky Schlikerman/Sun-Times

Hundreds rally in front of Israeli consulate

Jenny McCarthy, left, and Sherri Shepherd. | AP file photo

Did Jenny McCarthy just say Hillary Clinton is a lesbian?

Does former Bill Clinton have a mistress nicknamed the "Energizer," as reported by the New York Post? Maybe he does, says The View's Jenny McCarthy, and maybe Hillary Clinton has permission to fool around on the side with women as well.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the Chicago City Council's budget committee, is worried about people who end up on the do-not-hire list after they are accused, but who then find it hard to have their names removed if they are acquitted or charges are dropped. She says the removal process shouldn't take so long. | Sun-Times File Photo

Aldermen embrace do-not-hire list in post-Shakman era

Chicago aldermen have agreed to follow a "do-not-hire" list, as long recommended by a federal monitor. The list would show people who, because of past misconduct, are banned from city employment.

Court orders term limit filings by mid-August

The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court put the term limits question on the fast-track after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the issue. The appeals court ordered up a complete briefing schedule to be completed by mid-August.


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.

Gov. Pat Quinn, surrounded by workers, holds up a pen after signing an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan intended to create jobs and help repair the state's roads and bridges. | AP Photo

Quinn signs $1 billion plan for road repair

Gov. Pat Quinn signed an approximately $1 billion capital spending plan on Tuesday intended to create jobs and help repair Illinois roads and bridges after a harsh winter.

CTU President Karen Lewis. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

Pre-election luau? Karen Lewis moves trip in case of mayoral run

With all the talk of a possible mayoral run Karen Lewis, we haven't seen much of her lately. That's because the Chicago Teachers Union President shifted her annual vacation in Hawaii to July. Why? 

Menard Correctional Center | AP file photo

Free some older, nonviolent, longtime prisoners: activist

Should prisoners over age 50 who have served at least 25 years have a chance to get parole? The Illinois Joint Committee on Criminal Justice is holding hearings on prison crowding and sentencing, and here is part of what prison-reform activist Bill Ryan plans to tell the committee.

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.