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The appointment of former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) to lead become the Chicago City Council's first-ever financial analyst — at a salary of $107,000 a year — has been stalled in an aldermanic power struggle. | Sun-Times Library

Emanuel urged to resolve stalemate stalling council budget office

Leon Dingle outside federal court in Springfield earlier this month. | AP

Chicago couple found guilty of stealing millions in state grants

A jury in Springfield has found a Chicago couple guilty of stealing more than $3 million in taxpayer money in a scheme that involved grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Obama pardons Naperville man, Brian Sledz

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama granted a pardon on Wednesday to, among others, Brian Edward Sledz of Naperville, a former trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange convicted in the early 1990s of wire fraud and violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Christianity under siege

During this season of joyous religious celebrations and especially the holiday cheer enjoyed with family and friends during Christmas time, we should not forget that in too many corners of the world Christianity is under siege with Christians abused, brutalized and murdered.


Peter King: Ted Cruz is 'one big self-inflicted wound'

A day after the White House said Sen. Ted Cruz's 'shenanigans' on Friday helped confirm nominees, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, went after the Texas Republican, saying he's “one big self-inflicted wound” and "the Democrats’ best friend."

The government claims Leon Dingle, 77, and Karin Dingle, 75, steered grant money intended for AIDS- and cancer-awareness campaigns through a web of organizations and into their pockets, using it to buy two Mercedes Benzes; renovate vacation homes in Savannah, Ga., and Hilton Head, S.C.; pay yacht-club expenses and $97,000 on their son's mortgage. Four others in the alleged scheme have pleaded guilty. | Associated Press

Jury begins deliberations in fraud trial of Chicago couple

Leon Dingle, 77, and Karin Dingle, 75, are charged with conspiracy, mail fraud and money laundering for allegedly steering grant money intended for AIDS- and cancer-awareness campaigns through a web of organizations and into their pockets. If convicted, they both could face decades in prison.

Alan Gross, alongside his wife Judy, arrives to speak during a press conference after being released by Cuba. | Getty Images

Home from Cuba, Alan Gross says freedom is not free

WASHINGTON — Alan Gross says he learned the lesson during five years in Cuban captivity that freedom is not free.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

10 things to know — good and bad — about Jeb Bush

With his announcement of plans to "actively explore" running for president, former Florida Gov. Jeb. Bush is now — in the minds of many Republican donors and other party leaders — an early front-runner for the GOP's next presidential nomination.

Ald. Walter Burnett (right), shown with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, says potential sites for a new selective-enrollment high school have been narrowed to three sites in his 27th Ward, but he prefers a parcel at Halsted and Division, near Goose Island. Emanuel initially had wanted to name the school after President Barack Obama and bulid it in the middle of Stanton Park, but bowed to public pressure. | File Photo

High school once named Obama Prep could be built on riverfront

A vacant riverfront parcel at Division and Halsted has emerged as the frontrunner for construction of a new, $60 million selective-enrollment high school that Mayor Rahm Emanuel initially had planned to name after President Barack Obama.

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.