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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner talks about term limits at a news conference in Chicago Friday. Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

‘D-Day’ spells defeat for Rauner’s term limits referendum

President Barack Obama arrives to make a statement about the execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorist in Iraq during a press briefing at the press filing center at the Edgartown School in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. (File Photo by Rick Friedman-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama's bitter pill: ISIS must go

It sure sounds like the White House is laying the groundwork for stronger military operations against ISIS. That would be a bitter pill for President Barack Obama given that his presidency has been committed to the premise that “the tide of war is receding.” I

Wesley Maxey (standing) and Cecil Stovall were among the low-income residents of the Rosemoor Hotel facing eviction last year. File Photo. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Future of affordable housing unclear after SRO tenant deals

In a bid to preserve his home in Logan Square’s bug-infested Milshire Hotel, Fred Bartels testified before the City Council just last month in favor of a city moratorium on converting or demolishing single-room occupancy and residential hotels. On Friday, Bartels was making plans for what he could do with the $4,000 he will receive in exchange for moving out of the Milshire by Sept. 2 as part of a settlement between tenants and the building owner.

 

The Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team from Chicago participates in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Little League World Series tournament in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday. (AP File Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

‘The only thing stolen: bases’

This is the second excerpt in a series titled The Sweet Season. No fatalism. No pathology. Simply a slice of life in middle America. Of little boys and men with Little League hopes and dreams. No gang. Team. No guns. Bats. This is the story of a team of boys called the Cubs, mostly from Ford Heights — a forlorn hamlet of 2,787, about 30 miles south of Chicago. Miles from Williamsport, Pa., where Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West baseball team has played in the Little League World Series, each year boys — and girls — play the game on local diamonds in seasons filled with life’s lessons, with hopes and dreams.

 

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.

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?

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

SPRINGFIELD-In a blow to Gov. Pat Quinn, his former transportation secretary has accused his office of pushing “the vast majority” of improper political hires in her agency even though an ethics report released Friday shied away from blaming the governor’s office.

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.