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Roxanne Jackson, right, and Leon Dingle, center, in 2008.

Former state health official charged in alleged kickback scheme

The police station at Canalport and Halsted, seen in 1952, where the old Scotland Yard detail was headquartered. (Sun-Times Library)

Reparations needed for some Burge torture victims: advocates

Two weeks before former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is scheduled to leave prison for a halfway house, advocates for victims of police torture are continuing to push for reparations for Burge torture victims who didn't get compensation through the courts.

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the North side of the White House in Washington on Saturday. The Secret Service is under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. | Susan Walsh/AP

Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in the car of the man accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside the building, a federal prosecutor said Monday. A machete and two hatchets also were found.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left), shown at the reopening of the Red Line last year, wants proof that minority contractors aren't being left out of the work on the new 95th Street Station, which broke ground on Monday. | Sun-Times library

Rush demands jobs, contracts on CTA's 95th Street station project

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush demanded Monday that African-Americans share in the bounty generated by the rebuilding of the 95th Street station that — for now — marks the end of the CTA's Red Line. The project is expected to create about 700 jobs through roughly $240 million in contracts, and Rush said he's giving the CTA until Friday to commit to giving 35 to 40 percent of that to African-Americans.


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.

Rep. Dan Lipinski voices his support Monday of the report released by the Illinois Chamber showing the vital importance of keeping the state's lock and dam system operating to move billions in good in and out of Illinois. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

6-cent hike in diesel boat fuel tax urged to fund waterway fix

Two Illinois congressmen are backing a 6-cent-a-gallon hike in diesel fuel tax for commercial vessels to fund repairs to waterways. The fixes are crucial to commerce, they say.

Liberal group tells judge Wisconsin voters can't get IDs

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin offices that issue driver's licenses aren't open enough hours to issue photo IDs to all the voters who need them before the Nov. 4 election, a liberal group told federal judges in a brief filed Monday.

Missouri state and county police move in on protesters in Ferguson, Missouri in August after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Federal judge: Cameras could have stopped fatal police shootings

NEW YORK  — The federal judge who ruled that the New York Police Department's stop and frisk policy violated civil rights said in a speech that body cameras could have prevented the deaths of two men by police.

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.