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Cynthia M. Barnes. File Photo

Prostitute’s life, death messy — like trial of her accused killer

This was supposed to be the final chapter in my long-running saga on the death of homeless prostitute Cynthia Barnes with the conclusion of trial Friday for the man accused of killing her three years ago on the Southwest Side. But just as Barnes’ life and death were messy affairs, the trial also proved less than tidy with an unexpected delay mere minutes from the finish of closing arguments.

Mayor Jane Byrne gets her photo taken with her relatives after the dedication by the governor renaming the circle interchange to the Jane Byrne Interchange Friday afternoon at University of Illinois at Chicago campus. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Quinn: Jane Byrne Interchange 'right name for a coming together'

As thousands of Labor Day weekend travelers inch their way through the city’s expressways, they’ll notice a new group of signs posted at the circle interchange. The confluence of the Kennedy, Dan Ryan and Eisenhower expressways and the Congress Parkway is now the Jane Byrne Interchange.

Retired Judge Patricia Brown Holmes talks about the new monument that pays tribute to some of those families affected by the 2009 scandal at Burr Oak Cemetery. 4400 W 127th. Alsip,Il. Friday, August 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Officials tout Burr Oak Cemetery’s monument, renovation

The late Emmett Till’s cousin Ollie Gordon nearly choked up Friday as she stood on the grounds of Burr Oak Cemetery where Till’s remains are buried and where a grave reselling scandal had brought many to tears. But on this day, she felt some peace following the dedication of a memorial at the historic black cemetery.

In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, partygoers smoke marijuana during a Prohibition-era themed New Year's Eve party at a bar in Denver, celebrating the start of retail pot sales. (AP File Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization

It is time to call a halt to the War on Drugs. As LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) has concluded, the war has become a danger to public health and public safety, destroying lives and wasting billions on law enforcement.


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.

Obama foreign policy is dangerously aimless

President Barack Obama’s statement that “we don’t have a strategy yet” against the Islamist army rampaging across Syria will hearten Americans opposed to escalating the U.S. role in the Middle East chaos. But it’s hard to see how the fanatics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria won’t interpret it as Obama backing away from another American “red line.”

Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Pistol-packing petition challenger prompts review by AG

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's office is taking up a complaint filed by the Libertarian Party candidate that voter intimidation tactics were used by Republicans in an attempt to kick the party off the ballot. 

Gov. Pat Quinn answers questions during the Metropolitan Planning Council's Annual Luncheon Thursday. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

WATCH: Quinn's response on IDOT patronage question

Reporters pressed Gov. Pat Quinn on what he had done in response to an inspector general's report regarding patronage in his administration.

State agency issues long-awaited 'fracking' rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released a long-awaited set of proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

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.

Chelsea Clinton no longer is an NBC News correspondent. | AP file

Chelsea Clinton quits $600,000 NBC News job

Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and imminent birth of her first child.