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Ald. Bob Fioretti, shown working the crowd at last weekend's Mexican Independence Day parade, may be a longshot for mayor, but he could force a runoff, some observers say. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

ANALYSIS: Fioretti a longshot for mayor, but could force run-off

Officials say CIA has curbed spying in Europe

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

Fake Peoria mayor tweets stir debate about parody

Jon Daniel was watching cartoons with one of his sons when he created a spoof Twitter account in the name of the Peoria mayor. Out of boredom, he said, he soon began sending profane messages about sex, drugs and alcohol.

 

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.

Jimmy Fallon will be a little drier when he brings the 'Tonight Show' to Chicago than when he participated in the city's Polar Plunge in March. | AP Photo/Andrew A. Nelles

Fallon keeps deal with Emanuel, brings 'Tonight Show' to Chicago

'Tonight Show' host Jimmy Fallon told Mayor Rahm Emanuel he'd bring the Tonight Show' to Chicago if the city's students hit the books. They did, and he will.

Obama guidance, press schedule Sept. 19, 2014 Campus sex assaults

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Friday, along with Vice President Joe Biden launch "“It’s On Us” campaign, a new public awareness and action campaign designed to prevent sexual assault at colleges and universities, change the culture on our campuses, and better engage men in this effort," according to the White House. Later, Obama speaks to the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum, a fundraising group, at a hotel here.

In 2002, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. On Thursday, Durbin he voted for a measure to train and equip “appropriately vetted” Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group. | M. Spencer Green/AP

Why Durbin voted yes on funding Syrian rebels

Updated...WASHINGTON — On Oct. 11, 2002, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. That was a vote that has defined Durbin ever since. “. . . I remember my thinking on that October night 2002 that we should hold back, not get involved in Iraq. And I think I was right. I think history proved me right,” Durbin said. Durbin was explaining why he would be voting for a measure to train and equip Syrian forces to battle the Islamic State group.

The hidden link twixt rail safety and Byron

Metra tries not to kill its customers. It really does. Say what you will about our commuter rail service: its jaw-dropping top-level mismanagement, creaky equipment and seasonal surprise at finding itself once again in a cold climate. But when it comes to sparing the hectic, harried, charmless lives of the commuters who travel its length, Metra is outstanding. 

 

Something smells in Little Village

If not for its unbearable stench, Collateral Channel would go unnoticed in Little Village. Covered by trees and brush, the slip of water on the north side of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal is barely visible to traffic along 31st Street near Cook County Jail. But residents who live nearby cannot escape the smell produced by sewer overflows and a century of pollution. 

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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a City Council meeting on Sept. 10. On Thursday, he dropped plans to name a new selective enrollment high school on the Near North Side after his former boss, President Barack Obama. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Emanuel is missing a larger issue with school name

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to name a high school planned for the North Side in honor of President Barack Obama may keep the president’s name out of a nasty re-election campaign. But it won’t stop the mayor’s opponents from using the issue as part of the “tale of two cities” narrative that has grown since Emanuel was elected in 2011.