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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and his opponent, Republican state Sen., Jim Oberweis, squared off for a final time Wednesday night before next week's election | (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet for a third debate before the Nov. 4 election last week. (AP File Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Dead heat in gov race —divisions Downstate?

With less than a week until Tuesday’s election, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner are in a statistical dead heat with a surprising division among deep Downstate voters, according to a new Early & Often poll.

Michelle Obama returning to Illinois

First lady Michelle Obama returns to Illinois to get out the vote for Democrats in her home state, hitting Moline on Saturday at a rally to help boost turnout for Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill, and Rep. Cheri Bustos D-Ill.

Jitu Brown of KOCO, talks about the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Bd. of Ed. outside of the Pope School 1826 N. Albany, in May. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to keep Dyett open — for now — isn’t a clear victory

Jitu Brown, of Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (“KOCO”), and a coalition of community groups, demonstrated what it takes to move the powers-that-be. Brown, the national director for KOCO’s “Journey for Justice Alliance,” has been among the most vocal opponents of the plan to phase-out Dyett High School on the South Side.

Netanyahu dismisses personal attack

WASHINGTON — Anonymous White House criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that drew condemnation in Israel is roiling Washington politics, putting the U.S. administration on the defensive and prompting congressional demands for President Barack Obama to repudiate the remarks.

Activists hold a protest near the Manhattan apartment of billionaire and Republican financier David Koch in June. (File Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Democrats already pointing fingers

I voted early the other day. But I didn’t slap on my shirt one of those “I voted” stickers they were handing out at the polling place. I didn’t want someone on the street asking me if I voted for Barack Obama.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks to the media after the Future of Chicago lecture series. Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

He’s quiet and careful, but don’t count Garcia out in mayor race

I’m sure Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia’s name crossed my mind when I ran through possible mayoral candidates for 2015, but I counted him out because he’s never really shown the ambition to be The Guy. But I’ll say this: If Garcia could somehow make it to a runoff and Chicagoans had an opportunity to take the measure of the man, he would have a chance.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia speaks at the University of Illinois Chicago on Wednesday as part of the Future of Chicago lecture series. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia on Wednesday told a group of college students he received a flood of emails and calls requesting he run for mayor after Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis became ill.

Scene from a surveillance video of off-duty Chicago Cop Anthony Abbate beating a female bartender in 2007. File Photo.

IPRA working overtime to change its image, reduce backlog

The agency that investigates allegations of police misconduct has dramatically reduced its backlog of cases — and stepped up its community outreach — to erase the public perception that it is too cozy with the Chicago Police Department and too protective of rogue officers.

Chris Christie lays into heckler: 'Sit down and shut up'

BELMAR, N.J. — The second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy arrived Wednesday in a region where recovery in New Jersey and New York is happening unevenly, with many houses, boardwalks and businesses rebuilt but many people still unable to return to their homes.

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.