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Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats are getting help from major unions, who are pumping money into a minimum wage ballot initiative. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Big labor investing in turnout for Quinn, Illinois Democrats

Hillary Clinton | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Hillary Clinton to headline medical device conference in Chicago

Hillary Clinton will be in town next week stumping for Gov. Pat Quinn, and while she's here, the potential 2016 presidential candidate also will be headlining the Advanced Medical Technology Association's annual meeting.

Rodent droppings at one school were among the issues some principals had to deal with after cutbacks in custodial staff led to unsanitary conditions at some schools. | Provided

Union: CPS was warned that janitor job cuts could cause problems

The union representing private custodians who clean Chicago Public School buildings said Tuesday it had told Aramark and CPS months ago that schools could not afford to lose 468 custodians and maintain the same level of cleanliness.

Divorce law out of sync with same-sex marriage

NEW YORK — Cori Jo Long, 31, and Brooke Powell, 30, did everything right before they married. They fell in love slowly, based on years of friendship stretching back to high school. They planned their nuptials carefully for about a year, choosing to travel from Texas to New Hampshire in 2010 as same-sex marriage spread.

A large pile of washed-up trash, including old plastic bags, sits alongside the Los Angeles River in Long Beach. California is the first state to impose a ban on single-use plastic bags. | AP Photo/The Orange County Register, Josh Morgan

California becomes first state to ban plastic bags

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed legislation imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags, driven to action by a buildup of litter and damage to aquatic ecosystems.


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.

Illinois-owned planes to be sold in online auction

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Central Management Services plans to relist six state-owned airplanes for sale on an online auction site after a previous attempt to lure buyers brought bids for only two planes.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, said he's sure President Barack Obama "was warned multiple times" about ISIS. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Kinzinger on ISIS: I knew this was an issue for a long time

On Tuesday morning, Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, was on MSNBC's Morning Joe and called into question President Barack Obama's statements over the weekend where he said the U.S. underestimated threats from ISIS.

The FCC said its sports blackout rule is out of date. | AP Photo

FCC kills blackout rule over NFL's objections

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to kill a four-decade old sports blackout rule, despite a major objection from the NFL.

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.

The city has unveiled a plan to boost taxi drivers income, but some say the benefits are unclear, since it includes no actual increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly a decade. | Sun-Times File Photo

City plan bolsters cabdriver income — without raising fares

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has found a way to put more money in the pockets of struggling Chicago cabdrivers. But some drivers are upset that the package of changes does not include an increase in fares, which have not gone up in nearly 10 years.