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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

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The FCC said its sports blackout rule is out of date.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

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.

 

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.

The iron perimeter fence lines the South Lawn of the White House. | AP

Secret Service: White House front door now locks automatically

WASHINGTON — Facing blistering criticism from Congress, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson acknowledged on Tuesday the agency fell short in executing its plan to protect the White House when a man with a knife entered the mansion and ran through half the ground floor before being subdued.

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

Poll: Durbin has 14-point lead over Oberweis

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D) has a double-digit lead over his challenger, state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R), according to a newly-released poll.

Brandon Coats has been a medical marijuana patient since 2009, but was fired from his job after failing a drug test four years ago. | AP file

Where marijuana is legal, could you be fired for using it?

Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic medical marijuana patient who was fired by the Dish Network after failing a drug test more than four years ago, says he still can't find steady work because employers are wary of his off-duty smoking. Colorado's Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear arguments in Coats' case, which could have big implications for pot smokers in the first state to legalize recreational sales of the drug.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington over the weekend. Paul is working to improve the Republican Party’s image among young voters as he visits South Carolina. The first-term Republican senator is to appear at the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston on Tuesday before addressing the Horry County GOP. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Eyeing 2016, Rand Paul courts young voters to boost GOP's image

WASHINGTON — Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is working to improve the Republican Party's image among young voters as he visits South Carolina, a key state in the presidential primary calendar.

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.