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Former IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider with Gov. Pat Quinn earlier this year. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Ex-IDOT boss blames gov's office for majority of improper hires

Alderman Robert Fioretti, a potential challenger to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, has been speaking to community and business groups around the city as part of his "listening tour." | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times Media

Is Robert Fioretti just listening, or is he running for mayor?

For the last four years Ald. Robert Fioretti has been on what he calls a "listening tour": giving talks to small groups in supporters' homes, showing up at community meetings all over town, and driving side streets and alleys in every ward.

This March 14, 2012, file photo shows former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich autographing a "Free Gov. Blago" sign for one of his supporters at his home in Chicago the day before Blagojevich was due to report to prison to begin serving a 14-year sentence on corruption charges. | AP File Photo

Quiz: How well do you know Illinois corruption?

We're surrounded by corruption. But can you match the public official to their misdeed?


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.

Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was shot to death Wednesday afternoon in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Enough is enough: Another senseless child slaying in Chicago

Their names and faces are etched in our minds: Blair Holt; Hadiya Pendleton; Endia Martin; Shamiya Adams; Heaven Sutton; Tanaja Stokes; Starkesia Reed; Tsarina Powell; Jonylah Watkins. This time a 9-year-old is dead — shot multiple times in the backyard of an apartment building in the 1200 block of East 71st Street. 

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (right) and his former vice presidential running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrive Thursday night at the Union League Club in Chicago, where Romney interviewed Ryan’s about his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” Ryan is on tour to promote the book as he weighs a presidential campaign of his own. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Romney, Ryan together again to talk policy — and critique Obama

Onetime Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his former running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, reunited in Chicago on Thursday night in a rare joint appearance. The event, dubbed a Romney-moderated interview with Ryan about his new book, “The Way Forward, Renewing the American Idea,” at the Union League Club of Chicago was instead a shared space for both men to voice their opinions — mostly criticism of Barack Obama’s presidency.

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis chats about the future on Aug. 7. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Karen Lewis’ union members can’t keep facts straight

The desk set . . .

Attention! Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, a former chemistry teacher, needs an eraser.

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.

Off Message: Rahm and the Unions

Natash Korecki is joined by Fran Spielman, Mark Brown and Kristen Crowell to discuss Rahm Emanuel's relationship with unions, both the ones that support him and the ones that oppose him.