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Gov. Pat Quinn at his concession speech earlier this month | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Gov. Quinn could collect healthy pension on way out the door

Stephanie King-Myers, president and chief operating officer of Bottle & Bottega, hosts events at her Lake View studio in Chicago. | Peter Holderness/Sun-Times Media

Faces of minimum wage: Business owners paint post-layoff path

Bottle & Botega owner Stephanie King-Myers owns two corporate locations in Chicago and employs a staff of 15. They range from entry-level studio assistants paid slightly above minimum wage, to $15-an-hour studio managers. She’s anxious about the effect of an upcoming Chicago-only minimum wage hike.

Former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry died early Sunday morning. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File

Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry dies at 78

WASHINGTON — Divisive and flamboyant, maddening and beloved, Marion Barry outshone every politician in the 40-year history of District of Columbia self-rule. But for many, his legacy was not defined by the accomplishments and failures of his four terms as mayor and long service on the D.C. Council.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez speaks Saturday before the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, celebrating President Barack Obama's immigration order. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun-Times

Crowd celebrates Obama's immigration policy

An elated crowd gathered Saturday at a South Side high school named after a prominent Mexican president to celebrate President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

A parent group delivered about 3,700 signatures on petitions against a new standardized test to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday, pleading for a year’s delay on the hours-long test they say isn’t ready and calling for a testing opt-out

A man walks through the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate in Benghazi. | AP file photo

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

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Church must use its women to fullest

I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack’s former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the new leader of Chicago Catholics bunks.

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.

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in October | File photo

Garcia blasts Emanuel for closing 50 schools

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia blasted  Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for closing 50 schools and portrayed the incumbent as a big-money “Washington insider” who lacks the “temperament” to “listen and engage” everyday Chicagoans.