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Jesus "Chuy" Garcia files in excess of 63,000 nominating petitions for Chicago Mayor | Photo by Natasha Korecki

A perfect 10: All in for Chicago mayoral race

Tom Leach (right), director of public information for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, with Board Chairman Langdon D. Neal (left) in 2004. File Photo by Jim Frost/Sun-Times.

Tom Leach was a master of public information and private secrets

Tom Leach never did write that book. Leach, one of the city’s most liked and respected public relations men during his long tenure at the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, died Sunday from lung cancer. He was 76. With his death, Leach takes with him a lifetime of unprinted and unprintable stories gleaned as a former newsman working deep inside Chicago government and politics. 

President Barack Obama, right, speaks before awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Obama is presenting the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants and others. | Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

Obama honors recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Barack Obama will present 19 recipients the Presidenti

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden listen as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. Hagel will remain at his post until a successor is named. | Mandel Ngan/AFP PHOTO/Getty Images

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service.

 

Obama guidance & press schedule Nov. 24, 2014. Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Nobel prize winners, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chicago's political and civic legend, Abner Mikva -  five-term Congressman; Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; White House Counsel for former President Bill Clinton;  law professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois.

Valerie Jarrett last week in New York City | Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner's request on immigration

President Barack Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a “very public push” on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told Lynn Sweet.

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner and Pastor Corey Brooks gave away Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings to 3,500 families at New Beginnings Church on Sunday. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Rauner, Brooks hand out turkeys and trimmings

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said "Happy Thanksgiving!" several hundred times Sunday afternoon, with each utterance accompanied by a free frozen turkey for throngs of people who lined up at a South Side church for fixings and a bird.

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and supporters rallied at Alhambra Palace Restaurant on the Near West Side on Sunday. | Jon Seidel/Sun-Times

Garcia says he has 60,000 signatures for mayoral run

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia promised to unite Chicago's neighborhoods Sunday as he set out to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February.

After aid papers are forged, city colleges repay $4 million

THE WATCHDOGS: The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, according to documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times in a dispute the city agency settled by repaying the federal government nearly $4.3 million.

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.