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Josh Rutherford, owner of Smoke Daddy, stands near the smoker in his Wicker Park restaurant. | Jessica Koscielniak/Chicago Sun-Times

Faces of minimum wage: Restaurant owner weighs pay, fairness

National Football League Commissioner, Roger Goodell, addresses the media Friday. (AP File Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Carmine Galasso)

NFL's shame will be yesterday's news

Long before Baltimore Raven’s running back Ray Rice cold-cocked his then-finance in an elevator and before Minnesota Viking’s MVP Adrian Peterson whipped his four-year-old son bloody with a wooden switch, there have been so many other so-called “teachable moments” from which the league was unwilling to learn anything.

 

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.

Chicago hedge fund manager Kenneth Griffin, pictured on the right in this 2010 photo, donated another $1 million to Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, state campaign records showed Friday. That brings the total that Griffin has given to Rauner to $4.58 million. | Bloomberg/Jonathan Alcorn

Hedge fund manager pumps another $1 million into Rauner campaign

SPRINGFIELD-One of Illinois' wealthiest residents has invested another $1 million into the gubernatorial campaign of Republican Bruce Rauner.

Cmdr. Glenn Evans

Indicted commander has community support, McCarthy says

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday Grand Crossing residents want him to reinstate their indicted former district Cmdr. Glenn Evans and he would consider it if Evans is exonerated.

Important safety gear, such as breathing apparatus, is being removed from Chicago ambulances, putting paramedics and the public at risk, firefighters say. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ambulance changes put paramedics and Chicago public at risk

Self-contained breathing apparatus are being removed from all 75 Chicago ambulance, and about 70 paramedics graduating Sunday will not be issued fire helmets, boots and protective clothing, known as bunker gear, that are standard issue for firefighters. Without breathing masks and oxygen tanks, veteran paramedic Pat Fitzmaurice said paramedics will no longer be able to go into a burning high-rise--or subway after a derailment, collision or explosion--to rescue victims or firefighters in distress.

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.

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.