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Visitors to the Empress Casino crowd the craps table while other play the slot machines in Joliet in this May 2003 file photo. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

City not at the table for casino discussion

John Racasi (left) was sentenced to 18 months and Thomas Hawkins received two years for taking bribes to lower property tax bills. | Sun-Times file photo

Two Cook County employees get prison for bribery scheme

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively.

President Barack Obama, right, speaks after being introduced by Vice President Joe Biden arrive at the Community College of Allegheny County-West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa. | AP Photo

Obama: It's urgent that U.S. moves forward on job training

OAKDALE, Pa. — Urging the U.S. to keep up in the global skills race, President Barack Obama on Wednesday highlighted $600 million in new job-training grants that he said could help people land well-paying jobs.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

Flight Engineer Chris Poole reads a small bible aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3 Orion on route to search over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Friday, April 11, 2014. | Richard Polden/AP Photo

Bible could become official book of Louisiana

The Bible could become the official book of Louisiana if state legislators approve a bill set to come to a vote in the next few days.

Attorney General Eric Holder | Getty Images

Texas congressman wants to take away Eric Holder's salary

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), has introduced a bill that would stop paying federal employees who are being held in contempt of Congress — and it's aimed directly at Attorney General Eric Holder.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Kirk will campaign for Oberweis in Senate race

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he'll now campaign for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis, weeks after saying he wouldn't actively campaign for the dairy magnate.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.