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Beth Swanson (left), Mayor Rahm Emanuel's deputy chief of staff for education, has resigned. She is shown in 2011 at the 20th anniversary of After School Matters. With her are actress Joan Cusack and Jean-Claude Brizard, who was then CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Swanson eventually replaced Brizard at the bargaining table during a contentious 2012 teachers' strike. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Emanuel losing top education adviser

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House GOP kills vote on border bill

WASHINGTON — The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea partyers withdrew their support in a dispute over a separate measure on deportations.

Palestinians gather outside a classroom at the Abu Hussein U.N. school in Jebaliya refugee camp on Wednesday. | AP Photo

White House: U.N. school shelling 'indefensible'

WASHINGTON — The White House said Thursday there's little doubt Israeli artillery hit a United Nations school in Gaza, a deadly incident that a spokesman called "totally unacceptable and totally indefensible."


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.

Gov. Pat Quinn and GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner attend an Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly at the Chicago Hilton in April. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

New union poll shows tight race between Quinn, Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — In a survey commissioned by Illinois’ largest teachers’ union, one of President Barack Obama’s pollsters is declaring the race between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican Bruce Rauner “nearly a deadheat.”

Kerry: 'No promise' of cease-fire in Gaza

NEW DELHI — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday there is "no promise" of a negotiated cease-fire between Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip, but he said the U.S. remains hopeful.

President Barack Obama is using another executive order. | AP Photo

Obama using executive order to crack down on labor breaches

WASHINGTON — In an election-year rebuttal to Republicans, President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Thursday requiring federal contractors to give their workers more rights in labor disputes. The move comes one day after House GOP lawmakers voted to sue Obama for allegedly misusing presidential powers.

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.