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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?

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.

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."

 

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.

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.

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Chicago, other big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

Health commissioners from Chicago, New York and Boston came to Washington to lobby Congress and the White House on efforts to combat prescription opioid abuse, which is blamed for 17,000 deaths per year — more than three times as many as either heroin or cocaine.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Aramark, hired to clean Chicago Public Schools, had better clean up its act. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rahm to Aramark: Clean up the schools or clean out your desks

Responding to reports of filthy conditions inside Chicago Public Schools after privatizing janitorial management, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Aramark could "clean out the schools, or they can clean out their desks and get out."

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.

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.

President Obama signs a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes on January 22. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

White House will engage men to fight campus sexual assault

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem.