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John Thomas is shown leaving court Friday. The former federal informant is accused of stealing $370,000 from the village of Riverdale that was meant for the development of Riverdale Marina. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Informant in Rezko, Carothers cases accused of stealing TIF money

Pop Culture and Politics with Alan Sepinwall

Chicago Sun-Times Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk talks pop culture and political themes in television with TV critic and author of "The Revolution Was Televised," Alan Sepinwall.

Congresswomen upbraid Army, say hairstyle rules are unfair

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking the Army to reconsider new regulations on hairstyles that they see as unfair to women of color. The updated rules banning braids, dreadlocks and twists show "a lack of cultural sensitivity conducive to creating a tolerant environment for minorities," according to a letter signed by 16 congresswomen and sent to Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., recently said he will now campaign for Republican Senate candidate Jim Oberweis. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Mark Kirk’s conundrum in Durbin-Oberweis race

After U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., suffered a major stroke in early 2012, a whispering campaign quickly followed.

Reporters queried. Political operatives impatiently pushed.

Would he come back? Could he come back? Shouldn’t he resign if he couldn’t return yet?

Throughout the year that Kirk was recovering and not in office, a prominent politician emerged as one of his biggest defenders, frequently commenting that Kirk deserved the public’s patience and time to recover.

That wasn’t a Republican. It was U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, our state’s senior senator.

Rep. Aaron Schock in Japan, China, South Korea

 Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. departed Friday on an official trip running through April 27  to Japan, South Korea and China traveling with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. and Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan R-Wisc., Mitt Romney's 2012 vice presidential running mate.

Remembering the persecuted on Easter

At that much noted gathering of al-Qaida fanatics and killers in Yemen recently, one of the terrorist group’s leaders called for new attacks on the United States, declaring that “we must eliminate the cross” and that “the bearer of the cross is Am

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.

University of Illinois trustees fear faculty might rush to retire if the newly passed pension law isn't changed. | Sun-Times

U. of I. fears brain drain without change to pension reform

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees decided Friday to push state legislators to change the new pension funding law so that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of university faculty and employees don’t retire before July 1.