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Former President Bill Clinton appears with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, left, and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn as they address workers, labor leaders and business leaders at Wheatland Tube Co. Tuesday in Chicago. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Bill Clinton stumps for Quinn; tells workers to look to future

Cannabis grows best in the sunshine

While cannabis is still illegal under federal laws, Illinois is now one of 21 states that have created a legal framework for its medical production and distribution. There has been a lot of reporting on the new industry, but a fundamental question has been largely overlooked: How should legal cannabis be grown?

From Jan. 1 through Oct. 8, $387,928 was paid out to 1,302 motorists whose vehicles were damaged by potholes as far back as 2008. | Al Podgorski~Chicago Sun-Times

Motorists file 5,179 vehicle damage claims tied to potholes

Chicago motorists filed 5,179 vehicle damage claims “specific to potholes” this year — an avalanche twice as large as the last four years combined — thanks to the road remnants of a brutal winter that wouldn’t quit, the city clerk disclosed Tuesday.

First lady Michele Obama campaigns for Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a rally Tuesday at the University of Iowa. | AP Photo/Justin Hayworth

Michelle Obama asks students to vote early in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — First lady Michelle Obama tried to give Democrats a boost in a key U.S. Senate race Tuesday, urging college students in Iowa to vote early for Bruce Braley.


Unemployment rates fall in 31 states, including Illinois

WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.

Wyoming latest state to allow same-sex marriages

Gay couples began to apply for marriage licenses Tuesday, shortly after the state began to recognize same-sex unions, albeit far more quietly than in other places where bans were recently struck down.

City Clerk Susana Mendoza talks to Ald. "Proco" Joe Moreno (1st) during a break in her testimony at City-Council budget hearings Tuesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Clerk wants strong tools to go after hard core sticker scofflaws

City Clerk Susana Mendoza said Tuesday she needs “strong tools” — including authority to send tickets by mail that count toward the Denver boot — to go after the “hard core” of 150,000 motorists who don't purchase city vehicle stickers.

Sheila Simon (left) and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.

WATCH: Topinka warns of 'heart attack' during forum with Simon

While it wasn't an official debate, current Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka and her Democratic challenger Sheila Simon talked about the issues heading up the the election Monday night on WTTW's "Chicago Tonight."

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.

Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea. | AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File

U.S.: 1 American released from North Korea

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.