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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. | AP

Obama library finalists: U of Chicago, UIC, Hawaii, Columbia

Teachers at Marshall High School are upset at the removal of their principal. Angel Johnson had been at the West Side neighborhood high school since 2010. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Marshall H.S. principal's ouster sparks confusion, questions

The timing of the sudden replacement of Marshall High School principal Angel Johnson just weeks into school had the West Side high school’s community confused and upset on Monday.

Economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich shown in the 2013 film "Inequality For All." (File Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

What they're not teaching at Harvard Business School

No institution is more responsible for educating the CEOs of American corporations than Harvard Business School — inculcating in them a set of ideas and principles that have resulted in a pay gap between CEOs and ordinary workers that’s gone from 20-to-1 fifty years ago to almost 300-to-1 today.

The time for action on diversity has come

Last week, in a highly choreographed, tightly organized presentation, Apple rolled out the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With the spotlights on and a global audience, Apple paraded a lineup of six white men to present its new products. Even the entertainment — U2 — was all white.

 

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, discusses Walgreen Co.'s decision to not pursue a tax inversion, outside the Walgreens at 501. W. Roosevelt Rd. on Aug. 6. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Dick Durbin aware of risk of becoming next Eric Cantor

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is unabashedly defending his name-calling and other attacks on Illinois businesses looking to locate their headquarters overseas — moves his Republican challenger has described as "bullying" and the kind of anti-business behavior that's hampering the state's economic recovery. "If an Illinois senator won't stand up to keep companies in this state and in this country he's got the backbone of a melting ice cream cone," Durbin said.

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins during an East Room ceremony at the White House on Monday. | Getty Images

Decades later, Vietnam soldiers get Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — Two Vietnam War soldiers — one still living, one killed in action — received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony on Monday, nearly 50 years after they threw themselves into harm's way to protect their brothers in combat. President Barack Obama praised the soldiers as patriots whose sacrifices had never been fully realized by a nation divided over the legacy of the Vietnam War.

An Amtrak train leaves Royal Oak, Mich., station on Friday bound for Chicago. (AP Photo/Detroit News, John T. Greilick)

Illinois, Michigan move ahead on high-speed rail

If you’re looking for high-speed rail with a Chicago connection, don’t look toward Wisconsin. Two high-speed train sets that originally were set to connect Chicago with Milwaukee and Madison, and eventually Minneapolis, look like they’re headed to Michigan instead.

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.