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Mayor Rahm Emanuel gives encouragement to Nicole Perez, a Benito Juarez High School student, at Malcolm X College in Chicago on Dec. 10, 2012. Emanuel plans to guarantee free tuition at a City College to Chicago Public School students who graduate from high school with a grade point average of 3.0 or better. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

CPS students with good GPA might get free ride to City Colleges

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick leaves Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit in 2008. | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Rauner's biggest strength proving to be his greatest weakness

His track record as a businessman should be the strong point of Bruce Rauner’s sales pitch for the governor’s office. Instead, it’s become possibly the greatest liability for the wealthy Republican nominee. While Rauner and others at the GTCR private-equity firm he started in Chicago have never been charged, executives of companies they backed financially have ended up in legal trouble. Another hit to the Rauner campaign comes from Detroit, where a high-ranking executive for a GTCR-controlled company was at the center of a massive City Hall corruption scandal.

John Theis (center), lawyer for Barbara Shaw, the former director of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Violence Prevention Authority, says his client will answer questions next week from a legislative panel investigating the governor's failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative and won't assert her Fifth Amendment rights. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Lawyer: Key witness will answer questions from panel probing NRI

SPRINGFIELD — The former head of the state agency Gov. Pat Quinn put in charge of his failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence grant program will answer questions from a legislative panel next week, her lawyer said Tuesday.

A US Park Service worker blows leaves away from an added security fence in front of the White House on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

White House intruder tip of iceberg

He is a threat assessment expert who has worked with high U.S. government security agencies for many years. He is an expert on how the Secret Service operates to protect our top leaders. He is not a happy man. “There has been a leakage of the best and most balanced agents from the Secret Service,” he told me. We need boots on the ground. At the White House. And I don’t mean military boots. I mean the boots — OK, shoes — of Secret Service agents armed with new thinking and new supervisors.

A criminal convicted of murder under French law is led to the guillotine in 1929. As was customary in France, the execution was held at 5 a.m. in the open street. | Sun-Times archive

Beheading shocks us, but we’ll get used to it

News this week told of a fired nursing home employee in Oklahoma who threatened to come back and behead his former co-workers, inspired no doubt by the atrocity that happened days earlier and 20 miles away. Is this going to be a trend? You could argue it already is. 


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.

Republican Bruce Rauner visits his Chicago campaign headquarters in January. File Photo. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Video shows Rauner opposing Medicaid expansion last year



SPRINGFIELD — Newly surfaced video of Republican Bruce Rauner obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times shows him telling conservative activists in Lake County last year that, as governor, he would have blocked Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2013 expansion of Medicaid. Rauner’s words mark the first time he has publicly staked out that position after sidestepping the question of a possible rollback of the state’s Medicaid expansion during a joint appearance in March with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., and at a Chicago Tribune editorial board meeting a month earlier.


State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, speaks at a bill-signing ceremony with Gov. Pat Quinn at Quinn Chapel AME Church, 2401 S. Wabash Ave., in July. File Photo. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Mugabe lobby trial might require some sifting through the b.s.

Strange things can happen when state legislators play foreign diplomat —especially, it would seem, if they are Illinois state legislators. Exhibit A: the ongoing federal trial of Chicago businessman C. Gregory Turner on charges he illegally lobbied on behalf of the government of Zimbabwe to lift U.S. sanctions on the African regime.


Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about a new medical, health and biopharma innovation hub in the Merchandise Mart in August. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Emanuel super PAC rakes in $2.4 million since late June

The new super PAC created to re-elect Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his City Council allies has raked in nearly $2.4 million since its June launch, thanks to a new round of donations from business titans, philanthropists and organized labor.

President Barack Obama talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they walk over to greet people after Obama arrived at O'Hare International Airport in May. | Susan Walsh/AP

Obama to use Gary airport, not O'Hare or Midway after FAA fire

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly in and out of the airport at Gary, Ind., on Wednesday and Thursday, in the wake of flight delays still plaguing O'Hare and Midway airports following an arson fire on Friday damaging the FAA radar facility in Aurora. 

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.

Accused White House intruder indicted

Accused White House fence-jumper Omar J. Gonzalez was indicted Tuesday on federal and local charges for allegedly intruding into the presidential mansion armed with a folding knife.