She may have been selected as the "hottest" politician in a poll, but Democratic donors aren't too hot about Massachusetts' Elizabeth Warren launching a presidential run.
A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a U.N. school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli shelling on Wednesday. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed "dozens" of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a U.N. school, medics said. | Getty Images
WASHINGTON — The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.
This could end up being a very, very expensive campaign for both Gov. Pat Quinn and his Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are joined by survivors of campus sexual assault during a news conference about new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assaults. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.
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.
WASHINGTON — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.
Guests drink wine at BYOB Swedish restaurant Tre Kronor, 3258 W. Foster Ave. Restaurants like this will be able to continue the city tradition of having allowing diners to bring their own alcohol. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media
The Chicago City Council on Wednesday preserved the cherished city tradition of bringing your own alcohol to dinner at some restaurants. It exempted restaurants from a watered-down ordinance passed at the urging of Ald. Deborah Graham (29th); that measure allows aldermen to strip BYOB privileges from parts of their wards covering “no less than two contiguous city blocks” after notifying all other impacted businesses.
A new contract with Chicago firefighters approved Wednesday by the City Council will upgrade ambulance service. It also includes $32 million in back pay. | Sun-Times Media
A new firefighter contract approved by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday has almost none of the concessions Mayor Rahm Emanuel hoped for, but a city officials said he hopes the "collaborative" approach will carry over as they continue to seek ways to shore up the police and fire pension funds. The contract also will upgrade the city's ambulance service.
The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing the legacy of our forgotten mayor-- the city's only woman mayor -- Jane M. Byrne.
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.
Ald. Ed Burke (14th) called hiking the phone tax "a wise move," considering the financial problems the city faces. | Associated Press photo
Chicago aldermen dodged a political bullet by hiking phone fees, but the total annual hit may not go down easy with city taxpayers did not. Starting Sept. 1, the surcharge tacked on to telephone bills will rise to $3.90, up from $2.50. And the tax on pre-paid phones will rise from 7 percent to 9 percent, effective Oct. 1. A family of four with four cell phones and a land-line would end up paying $84 in additional taxes each year.
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