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Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, speaks to lawmakers on the House floor during session at the state Capitol on May 23, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. | Seth Perlman/AP

Legislative I.G. has financial ties to Madigan, other lawmakers

Ethics panel raps state fair directors for beer ticket freebies

SPRINGFIELD-Accepting free beer and overseeing either of Illinois’ two state fairs don’t mix.

That was the conclusion of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission, which Monday announced fines against the current and former managers of the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair for breaching the Illinois gift ban.

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) on Monday refused to discuss the circumstances of his DUI arrest last week on the Eisenhower Expressway. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

Ald. Rey Colon arrested on Eisenhower Expressway; accused of DUI

Ald. Rey Colon (35th) said Monday he’s hired an attorney after being pulled over by Illinois State Police last week for allegedly driving drunk on the Eisenhower Expressway.

In this July 24, 2014, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, with Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. | AP

After 6 weeks, finally a deal on VA health care

After more than six weeks of sometimes testy talks, House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a compromise plan to fix a veterans health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays.

Chicago-based architect Jeanne Gang, shown in front of the Aqua Tower her firm designed, will be part of the design team for the new museum filmmaker George Lucas wants to build along Lake Michigan. | Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Architects' team for Lucas museum includes designer of Aqua Tower

Jeanne Gang will design a bridge that will connect the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art from its proposed site on Chicago’s Museum Campus to Northerly Island, officials announced Monday. She and her firm, Studio Gang, will also lead the landscape design for the museum.


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.

Chicago Teachers Union, progressives form new Chicago coalition

Look out Chicago, a new political movement has arrived. United Working Families, a partnership between labor groups — including the Chicago Teachers Union — and a coalition of a dozen community groups is expected to announce its formal launch on Monday, executive director Kristen Crowell tells Early & Often.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill. (left); Ald. Jason Ervin (28th); Katelyn Johnson of Raise Illinois; Gov. Pat Quinn, and U.S. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., shout 'Raise the Rate' at a rally Sunday at Federal Plaza. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media Tanaka, Kevin

Dem leaders urge minimum wage hike, criticize Rauner, Oberweis

Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky dished out plenty of populist red meat while kicking off the campaign for Quinn’s minimum wage ballot referendum. The measure is nonbinding, but proponents hope a “yes” vote will encourage the Legislature to increase the state’s $8.25 minimum wage to $10. 

Keynote speaker Barack Obama, candidate for the Senate from Illinois, speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston, Tuesday, July 27, 2004. | Charlie Neibergall / AP

Watch: 10-year anniversary of Obama DNC keynote

July 27 is the 10-year anniversary of the speech that launched Barack Obama into the national spotlight – the keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Slawomir Plewa, a former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back.

Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force

A former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back. Slawomir Plewa could be back on the streets, even though the Chicago Police Department is fighting the fired cop’s efforts in court.

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.