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Mayor Rahm Emanuel attends a roundtable discussion on increasing the minimum wage with minority-owned business owners. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

'City of big hearts' can take in 1,000 immigrant kids, Rahm says

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.


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.

The Willis Clan await their fate on "America's Got Talent." Pictured: (from left) Dan Naturman, The Willis Clan, Sean Jones and Luke Pialis. (Photo b yEric Liebowitz/NBC)

Willis Clan off 'America’s Got Talent,' thrilled with experience

The Willis family kept its positive attitude Wednesday, despite not making it through to the semi-finals on “America’s Got Talent.” Speaking with the Chicago Sun-Times after the show aired on NBC, and the Willis Clan was eliminated, Brenda Willis said her family is not disappointed by the end of their run on the talent show. 

Colin Collette, left, and his partner Will Nifong in Rome, where they became engaged. | Photo courtesy of Will Nifong

Catholic choir director fired after same-sex engagement

Colin Collette’s heart went from racing from elation to worry when his same-sex partner of five years proposed last week in Rome on the scenic Bridge of Angels. A joyful moment he’ll never forget would soon cost him a job as director of worship at Holy Family church in Inverness.

Kathy Byrne. Photo by Sun-Times Media

Campaign to honor ‘trailblazer' Jane Byrne started here

It’s a go! It’s done! And it’s two months to the day since this column started a campaign to right a wrong: The city’s failure to honor the legacy of its only woman mayor — Jane M. Byrne. In a unanimous vote, the City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing Byrne, who served from 1979 to 1983, by renaming the Old Chicago Water Tower Park to the Mayor Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio strides to the House chamber on Capitol Hill. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

GOP-led House gives the go-ahead for Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and his Republican rival, Bruce Rauner, appear together for the first time before the 2014 general election, during the annual meeting of the Illinois Education Association in April. IEA president Cinda Klickna. who moderated the event, sits between them. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Teachers' unions side with Quinn over Rauner

SPRINGFIELD-It was a clean sweep for Gov. Pat Quinn with the state's two biggest teachers unions -- even though he and they are battling it out in court over the constitutionality of the pension-reform law he championed and signed into law.

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.

A woman takes a snapshot on July 21 of a pharmacy that was set alight after a pro-Palestinian protest in France against Israel's Gaza offensive/

Israel can’t let up in war on terror

There is a lot of talk about how Israel is faring in the propaganda war over terrorism in the Gaza Strip. There can be little doubt, though, that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with the firm backing of 90 percent of Israeli Jews, is determined to win the actual war, to accomplish the worthy goal of crippling Hamas’ ability to wage terror on Israeli civilians