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Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

CTU president Lewis opens campaign fund for possible mayoral bid

More troops to Iraq? Officials are weighing possibility

WASHINGTON — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Holder: 'Change is coming' after Ferguson police shooting

CLAYTON, Mo.— U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is meeting with college students as part of his trip to Missouri stemming from a white police officer's fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Biden headlines Quinn fundraiser Monday

WASHINGTON--Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday to headline a fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn, delivering on the White House pledge to help the Illinois Democrat.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP Photo

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.


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.

Sen. Dick Durbin (second from left) is joined by other local officials at a news conference Wednesday calling for upgrades to tanker rail cars used to haul hazardous or flammable materials. | Sandra Guy/Sun-Times

Durbin wants tank cars upgraded to avoid repeat of Quebec tragedy

Sen. Dick Durbin met with local officials Wednesday to look for ways to make sure a tragedy that occurred last year in Quebec is not repeated here. 

A video by Islamic State militants that shows the killing of James Foley was released Tuesday. | AP file photo

Obama after beheading: 'ISIL has no place in 21st century'

WASHINGTON — The United States stood firm Wednesday in its fight with Islamic State militants who beheaded a U.S. journalist in Iraq, pledging to continue attacking the group despite its threats to kill another American hostage. The U.S. military continued its airstrikes against the group as President Barack Obama denounced the group as a "cancer" threatening the entire region.

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.