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Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, left, pauses from campaigning Wednesday to practice meditation with children at Westcott Elementary School, 409 W. 80th St., during a summer program focusing on healthful living, led by Troy Withers, center. File Photo by Sun-Times Media

Does ‘Amara Enyia’ ring a bell? It will.

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner talks to central Illinois farmers on Thursday, saying a coalition from the state's agriculture industry is backing his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

VIDEO: Rauner on Walgreens and corporate inversion

Republican Bruce Rauner said Thursday it would be “terrible” if Walgreens decided to move its headquarters to Switzerland to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But the venture capitalist said the way to stop such so-called “corporate inversions” is for Congress to “overhaul our tax code so we’re competitive.”  Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney questioned Rauner about the issue on Thursday.

Driving on marijuana questioned on busy day in Congress

Amid rancorous debate over other weighty issues Thursday on Capitol Hill, lawmakers wondered aloud whether driving cars after smoking marijuana is dangerous. Among the unanswered questions: Would drivers who are "high" travel too fast or too slow for safety?

Crystal Ball says Illinois governor's race 'leans Republican'

The polls in the Illinois governor's race have been all over the place, from a 14-point lead for Rauner, to a “nearly a deadheat.” But what does the incredibly accurate Sabato's Crystal Ball, from the University of Virginia's Center for Politics, have to say? It says good luck, Gov. Pat Quinn, you'll need it.

 

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.

Former President Bill Clinton. | Getty Images

Clinton hours before Sept. 11: 'I could have killed' Bin Laden

Just hours before the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton was giving a speech to a group of Australian businessmen and the topic of Osama Bin Laden came up. The words that Clinton spoke on Sept. 10, 2001 are especially chilling, knowing what transpired just hours later.

Former Chicago Police officer Slawomir Plewa was fired in 2013 and is trying to get his job back. A Cook County judge on Thursday ruled that he will get another hearing before the Chicago Police Board, but the judge also put no restrictions on how the board could rule, so members could just vote to fire Plewa again. | Photo provided

Judge rules fired officer should get new police board hearing

An officer fired last year after being charged in connection with a scheme to plant evidence should get a new Chicago Police Board hearing, a Cook County judge ruled Thursday. But Judge Diane Larsen put no restrictions on the board, meaning it could simply vote to fire Slawomir Plewa again.

Jane Byrne, the day after winning the 1979 Democratic Primary for mayor. Sun-Times File Photo by Jim Klepitsch

Flashback Editorial: The day Jane Byrne beat the machine

The Chicago City Council this week named a park for former Mayor Jane Byrne. Read — or reread — this original Sun-Times editorial, first published on March 1, 1979, celebrating Byrne’s historic victory over the Chicago Democratic machine.

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House GOP kills vote on border bill

WASHINGTON — House Republicans abruptly abandoned a bill to address the immigration crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday after last-minute maneuvering failed to lock down sufficient conservative support.

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.

Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp on Wednesday. | AP Photo

White House: U.N. school shelling 'indefensible'

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."