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Slawomir Plewa, a former Chicago cop caught up in a “hare-brained” scheme to plant drugs and a gun in a suburban woman’s car — a scheme that led to a $375,000 city payout — may soon get his job back.

Ex-cop accused of planting drugs might wind up back on force

Keynote speaker Barack Obama, candidate for the Senate from Illinois, speaks to delegates during the Democratic National Convention at the FleetCenter in Boston, Tuesday, July 27, 2004. | Charlie Neibergall / AP

Watch: 10-year anniversary of Obama DNC keynote

July 27 is the 10-year anniversary of the speech that launched Barack Obama into the national spotlight – the keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

President Obama went after corporate tax loopholes in his weekly address. | AP

Obama: Offshore 'tax inversions' are unpatriotic

President Barack Obama says a loophole that lets companies dodge U.S. taxes by moving their headquarters overseas is unpatriotic.

Congressional leaders say President Obama is "aloof" in his dealings with the legislative branch. | AP

Lawmakers complain Obama too aloof with Congress

President Barack Obama's request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn't get it when it comes to working with Congress.

 

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.

Sunday is Frank Thomas Day in Illinois to honor the White Sox great. | AP

Quinn proclaims Frank Thomas Day in Illinois

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a proclamation making Sunday Frank Thomas Day as the former Chicago White Sox slugger is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks at the crowd before a news conference Monday, July 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Teens grill mayor about city violence

Shortly after Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced an 18-year-old teen had been charged in the fatal shooting of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams, Mayor Rahm Emanuel got a grilling from teens on the South Side.

Hertha Ramirez leads her CPS pre-school class down the hallway at Socrates School in 2005/Patrick L. Pyszka

Sneed: Free Pre-K on the way?

Sneed hears Mayor Rahm Emanuel is this/close to rolling out a plan to fund free preschool enrollment for 4-year-olds from low income families.

Mayor Richard M. Daley hosts a fund-raiser for his former nemesis, Helen Shiller, at O'Brien's Restaurant in Old Town in 2007. (File Photo by Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times)

Ex-Ald. Shiller may not be a lock for new Council analyst post

After months of behind-the-scenes lobbying, there’s a last-ditch effort under way to prevent former independent Ald. Helen Shiller (46th) from becoming the new, $107,000-a-year City Council Financial Analyst, City Hall sources said Friday. A seven-member selection committee will meet Tuesday to choose the person who will run the $485,000-a-year independent budget office.

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.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan at a news conference earlier this month. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Rival's poll suggests Lisa Madigan re-election no cakewalk

Does Lisa Madigan have a race on her hands? A new poll looking at the contest for Illinois Attorney General shows the Democratic incumbent leading her Republican opponent Paul Schimpf by just 9 percentage points. The poll was paid for by Schimpf, a retired Marine and newcomer to Illinois politics. But the numbers suggest that Madigan’s overall popularity with voters may be starting to erode.