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Marijuana for medical and recreational use is grows at growing facility at Mindful, located in Denver, Colorado. All marijuana plants are tagged with color coded tags and barcodes to account for the product through the growing stages and and selling process. | Dustin Park / Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois medical marijuana applications due today

Two Illinois state agencies will accept applications for medical marijuana businesses until 3 p.m. Monday.

Obama guidance, schedule, Sept. 22, 2014 — Jack Lew, Colin Powell

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday, with Vice President Joe Biden meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The president also hosts Colin and Alma Powell when he signs the America's Promise Summit Declaration, "which calls on Americans to help the youth of America reach their full potential," according to the White House. Former General Powell is the founding chairman of the alliance and Alma Powell is the board chairman.

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Sept. 13 announcement of his candidacy marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 mayoral campaign. | AP file

Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango

Fioretti can’t take City Hall on his own. Right now, his standing in the mayor's race is limited to his old base and hyper-active progressives who will take “Anybody but Rahm.” Fioretti could raise $3 million-plus. Count on Emanuel to pull in $20 million plus. If it’s mano a mano, it’s over. Fioretti needs another contender. Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.


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.

CPS hiding records from the BGA and you

So what happens when children don’t follow the rules at school — when they’re unruly, disruptive or underachieving? The response may include detentions, uncomfortable visits to the school office, or the specter of losing access to sports and other extra-curricular activities. The point is: Kids know there are consequences for bad behavior, and school officials understand their jobs include socializing children along with educating them. So it’s worth noting the disconnect and, yes, even hypocrisy, in Chicago’s public schools, where officials regularly and blatantly ignore legal requirements, including state law, when it comes to complying with document requests filed under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

Bruce Rauner (left) and Gov. Pat Quinn

New poll shows Quinn and Rauner in a dead heat

SPRINGFIELD — After trailing Republican Bruce Rauner by double digits, Gov. Pat Quinn has brought the governor’s race to a statistical dead heat, new polling data released Sunday showed.

Quinn kicks off work on first Chicago veterans’ home

Flanked by veterans and elected officials, Gov. Pat Quinn broke ground Sunday on what will be the first assisted-living home in Chicago for military veterans. When completed in 2016, the five-story, $70.5 million facility on the city’s Northwest Side will house about 200 veterans.

U.S. general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

ZAGREB, Croatia — The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

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.

Lt. Gov. Shelia Simon | Sun-Times file photo

Exclusive Poll: Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon fails to gain traction

This much is certain six weeks out from the fall elections. If you’re an incumbent statewide officeholder on the lower end of the ballot, your political fortunes look pretty good at the moment — unless your name happens to be Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon, whose bid to switch offices seems to have failed to gain traction thus far.