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President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file

CPS dropping Obama's name from planned North Side school

The new selective-enrollment high school to be built on the North Side using $60 million in tax-increment financing money will not be named after President Barack Obama.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of Congress Thursday morning. | Getty Images

U.S. to give Ukraine $46 million in military aid

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will announce $46 million in new security assistance for the Ukrainian military, including equipment to help detect incoming artillery fire. But he will stop short of fulfilling Ukraine's request for lethal aid to help in the fight against Russian-backed separatists.

Senate next after House backs Obama on rebel aid

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama's request for congressional backing to train and arm Syrian rebels battling Islamic State group militants is halfway home, after approval by the GOP-controlled House sent the issue to the Senate, where leaders in both parties say it's expected to pass handily.


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.

Not all Democrats — at least in Iowa — are sold on a Hillary Clinton run in 2016. | Getty Images

Not all Democrats are ready for Hillary Clinton in 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa — Not every Iowa Democrat is cheering for Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president. Some have a gnawing desire for someone else.

Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois. | Via Facebook

Ruling expected on Libertarian's place on gubernatorial ballot

SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County judge is expected to rule Thursday on an appeal by Republican attorneys to remove a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor from the November ballot.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new ordinance, which is expected to be introduced to the City Council next month, would ensure that huge new signs will not spoil Chicago’s downtown Riverwalk area. “Look. My sign is wonderful,” Donald Trump said. “It’s iconic. It’s Chicago’s Hollywood sign. We did a poll and 64 percent of the people love it. Everybody stops to snap pictures of it.” | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Trump has no beef with Rahm, glad his sign will be one-of-a-kind

“The mayor’s new sign ordinance will ensure nobody else will have a sign like mine,” Donald Trump said. “Isn’t that what everybody would want?”

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.

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. (pictured in 2013), told the White House a few days ago that she would vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels. On Wednesday, she voted no. “Bottom line, I don’t trust these rebels,” Duckworth said. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to fund Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The House vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State group — also known as ISIS or ISIL — was an agonizing decision for many war-weary Illinois Democrats, some undecided until just before the Wednesday roll call. “I changed by mind. I voted against it,” Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., told me as he was leaving the House chamber.