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Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

WASHINGTON — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago cab drivers don't need a fare increase. He says he prefers saving them money by easing regulations. | File Photo

Emanuel says cab fare hike not needed, prefers to fix bureaucracy

Chicago cabdrivers have been waiting nearly 10 years for a fare hike. Their wait will continue if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way — and not just until after the election.

Members of the Secret Service stand watch on the roof of White House on Tuesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

WASHINGTON — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday a plan to offer free City Colleges tuition to qualifying CPS graduates will cost about $2 million a year — provided that most of those students qualify for federal grants. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel puts $2 million first-year pricetag on scholarship offer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said his offer of free City Colleges tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 grade-point average will cost about $2 million a year — though that assumes 85 percent of them will get federal Pell grants.

 

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.

A traveler looks at a flight departure board Monday at O'Hare. | AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Emanuel frustrated with FAA response, lack of backup plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday expressed frustration with how long it is taking federal aviation officials to the local air-traffic control system back to normal.

Former President Jimmy Carter gives 11-month-old Maggie Shoulta a hug as she enjoys a cup of home made ice cream during his 90th birthday party on Sunday. | AP

Jimmy Carter says he 'could have wiped Iran off the map' in 1980

Former President Jimmy Carter says in 1980, he could have taken action that would have eliminated any nuclear threats from Iran today. In fact, he says he could have gotten rid of Iran altogether.

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.

President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office on Wednesday morning. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama, Netanyahu press each other politely but firmly

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressed each other politely but firmly Wednesday to address areas of tension in their relationship, with the U.S. president calling for an end to Palestinian civilian deaths and the Israeli leader warning of the consequences of leaving Iran with nuclear capabilities.