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Chicago attorney Michael Shakman has complained about politically-motivated hiring at the Illinois Department of Transportation. | Sun-Times File Photo

Federal monitor appointed to oversee hiring at IDOT

Biden in Chicago for Illinois Democrats, Colorado senator

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden travels to Chicago on Wednesday to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Rep. Brad Schneider and fellow Democrats Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. The rally is in Vernon Hills, in Schneider's 10th congressional district.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) slammed city Inspector General Faisal Khan for suing the council to get more money for his office. "Where does he think the money falls from?" asked Austin, chairman of the City Council's Budget Committee.

Aldermen ridicule their inspector general for suing them

The always outspoken chairman of the City Council’s Budget Committee had some choice and colorful words for Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan Wednesday for filing a lawsuit that seeks to compel the cash-strapped city to give him the $1.7 million he claims he needs to serve out his four-year term.

Republican Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn

Vote for ... oh heck, whomever you please

A number of readers apparently feel I run the newspaper, or at least am an important and valued member of the top editorial team, plugged into all decisions as they are being made, sitting in the Inner Sanctum, wherever that may be, peering out beneath hooded robes, pressing our fingertips together to make cathedrals, exchanging opinions in hushed tones.

Poll: Most expect — and growing number want — GOP victory

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, laughs as he is introduced by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., at the DNC Women's Leadership conference in Washington on Sept. 19, 2014. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Democratic chair: Control for Senate is 'neck and neck'

WASHINGTON — The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is "a neck and neck" situation.

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent in 2015

WASHINGTON — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent.

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.

Sen. Dick Durbin (left) and state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

Durbin, Oberweis to face off in Senate debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis are set to meet for the first debate of the U.S. Senate race.