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Mayor Richard M. Daley hosts a fund-raiser for his former nemesis, Helen Shiller, at O'Brien's Restaurant in Old Town in 2007. (File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

Ex-Ald. Shiller may not be a lock for new Council analyst post

After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, there’s a last-ditch effort under way to prevent former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) from becoming the new, $107,000-a-year City Council Financial Analyst, City Hall sources said Friday. A seven-member selection committee will meet Tuesday to choose the person who will run the $485,000-a-year independent budget office.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visits Portillo's restaurant on Friday afternoon along with Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Chris Christie brings $2.5 million gift for Rauner

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to Chicago Friday and gave Republican Bruce Rauner $2.5 million. With that the Republican Governors Association more than doubled its financial support of Rauner’s campaign for governor. “This is amongst the most important governor’s races in the country,” Christie said.

Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner shakes hands at a restaurant, during a campaign stop Friday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Rauner choosy about what corporate loopholes to close

Republican Bruce Rauner last month offered up his ideas for closing special interest tax loopholes. Noticeably missing from Rauner’s proposal, however, was a loophole Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats have argued would sensibly save the state $100 million a year. As it happens, that’s a loophole from which Rauner personally benefits.


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.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin at the the ATF's downtown office after touring the agency's new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center. Photo by Art Golab.

Durbin touts Chicago's new gun crime intelligence center

In the wake of a wave of shootings and gun violence in Chicago, Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday toured a new federal Gun Crime Intelligence Center that opened here in June. The center, run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will serve as a clearinghouse of data on the more than 7,000 firearms used in crimes and recovered by Chicago police each year.

President Barack Obama delivers remarks about Obamacare in April. (File Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obamacare's never-ending story

Obamacare appears headed for another rendezvous with the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices bent over backwards, well mainly Chief Justice John Roberts did, to save the Affordable Care Act two years ago. Will similar legal gymnastics be found to rescue President Barack Obama and Democrats from the clear text of the law this time?

Illinois state Treasurer Dan Rutherford (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

Treasurer's clout-heavy intern program short on controls

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s office exercised “inadequate controls” over a controversial summer internship program that cost taxpayers at least $328,000 in just two of the four years it operated, a critical state

Sen. Mark Kirk's staff released this photo that they said was mold at Hines VA hospital. | Photo provided

Kirk continues to push for changes at Hines VA Hospital

Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said on Friday that in a face-to-face meeting, he urged the head of the Hines VA Hospital to get a criminal defense attorney, since he will recommend an FBI investigation of the facility.

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.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill, right, with City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman at the congressman's meeting last month to discuss ways to stem violence in the police district in his congressional district. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

House Ethics Committee looking at Rep. Bobby Rush

WASHINGTON--The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday it is looking at Rep. Bobby Rush D-Ill., and while the panel did not disclose details, in April Rush told the Sun-Times the Office of Congressional Ethics had a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues.