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Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners in July. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Emanuel prods sister agencies to mandate $13-an-hour minimum wage

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington over the weekend. Paul is working to improve the Republican Party’s image among young voters as he visits South Carolina. The first-term Republican senator is to appear at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston on Tuesday before addressing the Horry County GOP. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Eyeing 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters to boost GOP's image

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.

he iron perimeter fence lines the South Lawn of the White House. | AP

Secret Service head faces questions on major White House breach

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face lawmakers Tuesday for the first public accounting of the details surrounding an embarrassing and worrisome security breach at the White House earlier this month that, according to a congressman, was worse than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged. The question is, will she follow the script?


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.

President Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn order breakfast during a surprise visit to Valois Cafeteria in Chicago on May 23, 2014. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile Dems to hit city to raise cash, boost Quinn

WASHINGTON — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has a string of high-profile surrogates hitting Chicago for him in the coming days to raise funds and rally the Democratic base: both Obamas, Virginia Gov.

Fewer Aramark custodians in CPS schools losing their jobs Tuesday

Aramark, the private service company now in charge of managing all the custodians in Chicago Public Schools, has decreased the number of janitors who were going to lose their jobs on Tuesday. SEIU Local 1 warned members that 468 custodians were going to lose their jobs on Sept. 30, but 178 with top seniority will stay on, the affected members learned Monday in a robocall from union president Tom Balanoff.

Syria's foreign minister: U.S. should bomb all militants

UNITED NATIONS — Syria's foreign minister said Monday that the U.S.-led bombing campaign should be expanded to target other militant groups besides the Islamic State group, noting that the fight against terrorism has aligned the Syrian regime with its Western and Arab opponents in a fight against a common enemy.

Mayor Richard M. Daley speaks at a ceremony launching Chicago Carriage Cab Co. in 2003. File photo originally downloaded from the firm's website.

Daley’s legacy takes another turn with ex-cab official’s arrest

In the waning days of Richard M. Daley’s mayoralty, we at the Chicago Sun-Times published a quickie book, “The Daley Legacy: Looking Back at Four Decades of the Chicago Mayors.” It was fine little book within the limitations inherent in such a project, not the least of which was that Rich Daley’s legacy had yet to fully reveal itself. With each passing year, though, that legacy keeps taking more hits. We received yet another reminder of that Monday with the indictment of a Chicago cab operator Alexsandr Igolnikov.

A young girl stands at a added security fence outside of the White House on Sept. 25, 2014 in Washington. The U.S. Secret Service is investigating an incident when an intruder was able to jump the fence and run into the front door of the White House. | Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Reports: WH intruder gets far past front door

The intruder who climbed a fence made it farther inside the White House than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged, the Washington Post and New York Times newspapers reported Monday. The disclosures came on the eve of a congressional oversight hearing with the director of the embattled agency assigned to protect the president's life.

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.

Illinois High School Association Executive Director Marty Hickman speaks with reporters before testifying at a House committee hearing at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

IHSA to boycott legislative hearing set for Friday in Chicago

A legislative hearing set for later this week on Illinois High School Association operations won’t have a key player: the high-school sports governing body itself. IHSA officials announced Monday they plan to “have no official presence” at the House Elementary & Secondary Education Committee hearing set for Friday because they’ve been “informed that the IHSA will be unable to testify or call witnesses during the hearing.”