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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown greeting fans outside Wrigley Field, backs the Cubs' plan to move forward with renovation plans despite a pending lawsuit. | Sun-Times library

Emanuel gives Cubs green light to break ground at Wrigley Field

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he would end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times \

Emanuel unveils plan to end veterans homelessness

On the eve of his 2003 re-election, former Mayor Richard M. Daley established a goal of ending homelessness in Chicago by 2012 and embraced a plan to make it happen. It called for shifting the focus away from shelters and toward permanent housing with a bottomless network of social services to “rebuild souls,” as Daley liked to say. On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lowered the bar to a more realistic, but still difficult goal to achieve: ending homelessness among veterans in Chicago by the end of 2015.

Rauner camp denies Columbia journ students press conference entry

Columbia College Professor Curtis Lawrence and his 12 journalism students received a cold welcome when they arrived at a Bruce Rauner press conference on Tuesday in River North.

The Rauner campaign would not allow them into that press event -- or future events -- saying only "working media" could enter.

President Barack Obama meets with Emory University doctors and healthcare workers during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. | Getty Images

Obama: Ebola outbreak a 'potential threat to global security'

ATLANTA — Calling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a potential threat to global security, President Barack Obama is ordering 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the stricken region amid worries that the financial as well as human cost of the outbreak is rapidly spiraling out of control.

5 findings from Congressional report on safety agency

Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches.


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.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, says a House GOP proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels is too vague. | Cliff Owen/AP

Durbin balks at GOP plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

A proposal from House Republicans to train and arm Syrian rebels is meeting solid resistance from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.

Bruce Rauner said he wouldn't have signed medical marijuana legislation, calling the application process secretive and ripe for corruption. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Rauner says he wouldn't have signed medical marijuana bill

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner governor on Tuesday said he wouldn't have signed a medical marijuana pilot project now underway in Illinois. When specifically asked if he wouldn't have signed the medical marijuana law, Rauner said: "That's correct. And Pat Quinn shouldn't have supported this law, because it created a secret process."

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday said increasing health-insurance premiums for city retirees is just another one of the tough decisions he's had to make to get the city's financial house in order. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel defends 40-percent hike in city retiree health premiums

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended his decision to save $27 million in 2015 by raising monthly health-insurance premiums by 40 percent for 25,000 city retirees, saying a recent Ilinois Supreme Court ruling protecting subsidized premiums for state employees is "totally different."

Senator Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, speaks about the "Change the Mascot" campaign during a press conference with Oneida Indian Nation leaders on Capitol Hill. | Getty Images

Could Redskins name kill NFL's tax-exempt status?

Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, is leading the charge to make that happen.

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.

Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addresses the crowd at a rally during the teacher strike in 2012. | AP

Pro-Rahm group tells Karen Lewis to choose: Mayor's race or CTU

A group that has supported Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the past on Tuesday called on Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis to make a choice: Declare candidacy for mayor or lead in negotiating the next teachers contract.