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Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for governor, interviewed at Sun-Times. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Libertarians line up to challenge Illinois candidates

Dold stumping today with Bruce Rauner, Leslie Munger

UPDATED....WASHINGTON--Former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill., is stumping on Saturday with Republican state representive candidate Leslie Munger according to his schedule and with GOP governor nominee Bruce Rauner according to the Rauner campaign.

Schneider getting boost today from Duckworth, Schakowsky

WASHINGTON--Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., in a tight battle with former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill., for the 10th congressional district seat,  is getting a boost Saturday from fellow Democrats Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Rep. Jan Schakowsky in perhaps the aptly named Harmony Park in northwest suburban Arlington Heights.

Obama guidance, schedule, Oct. 25, 26, 2014. To stump for Dems

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama has no public events this weekend; looking at the week ahead, the president stumps for Democratic governors in blue states, hitting Wisconsin, Maine, Michigan and Connecticut. Obama already made two visits to Chicago in October to bolster Gov. Pat Quinn. On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden hits Illinois again - the second time in a week - to rally voters for Quinn.

New York City city workers hand out Ebola information sheets near The Gutter bowling alley where New York City's first Ebola patient visited before showing symptoms of the virus on October 24, 2014 in New York City. Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned to the US from Guinea 10 days ago, tested positive for Ebola on Thursday and is now being cared for at Bellevue Hospital. (File Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ebola shows how government bumbles

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating.

 
Carol Marin checks her debate sheets before the taping of the final Gubernatorial debate between Gov. Patrick Quinn and Comptroller Daniel Hynes at the WTTW Chicago Tonight Studios in 2010. File Photo by Dom Najolia, Chicago Sun-Times

I belong to no candidate. Never have

Reporters are taught to cover the story, not be the story.

But when Sun-Times Springfield bureau chief Dave McKinney resigned in protest this week after 19 distinguished years at the paper, he knew there wasn’t much choice.

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago testifies Friday at City Council budget hearings. Photo by Fran Spielman

Chicago Fire Department hiring exacerbates racial divide

The Chicago Fire Department has hired 300 firefighters and 162 paramedics this year to reduce runaway overtime, but the hiring spree didn’t do a thing to bridge the racial divide in a department that has long been lily-white.

Thieves stole this barbecue pit last week from the parking lot at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Ashland, where it was used to cook special meals for the men participating in the substance abuse treatment program. Let's help get it back. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Help smoke this thief out, so he can be grilled by the cops

This is the first story I can remember ever writing about a stolen barbecue grill. But the Fat 50 Squared, I am assured, is no ordinary barbecue grill. Even to call it a grill is an insult. 

Jill Biden stumps with Schneider Monday: GOTV female votes

WASHINGTON--Dr. Jill Biden stumps with Rep. Brad Schneider D-Ill., at a Northbrook deli on Monday, at an event designed to get out the female vote as Schneider battles former Rep. Bob Dold R-Ill., Before the deli, Biden will also stop by a Democratic Party of Illinois office in Glenview with Schneider for a women's phone bank event.

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spoke Friday at the University of Chicago. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Albright: "The world's a mess"

She’s on a box of Wheaties, and knows how to zing Conan O’Brien on Twitter.

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 answers Quinn and Rauner won't give you

As the final in a series of debates between Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner played out last week, there were distinct questions both candidates dodged. This might be a good time to bring you the answers they wouldn’t give — and explore why.