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Keith Farnham, a former state lawmaker, faces child pornography charges. | Sun-Times Photo

Decades-old allegation may delay plea deal for Farnham

A plea agreement for Keith Farnham has been discussed; the former state representative was indicted on child pornography charges in May.

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The Congress that hardly works?

Has the 113th Congress been working hard or hardly working? A close look at some data makes it hard to argue it's anything but the latter.


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.

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

Secret Service may screen public at White House checkpoints

Tourists and other visitors in the nation's capitol could be screened at checkpoints before they enter public areas surrounding the White House, according to a published report.

Marijuana for medical and recreational use is grows at growing facility at Mindful, located in Denver, Colorado. All marijuana plants are tagged with color coded tags and barcodes to account for the product through the growing stages and and selling process. | Dustin Park / Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois medical marijuana applications due today

Two Illinois state agencies will accept applications for medical marijuana businesses until 3 p.m. Monday.

Obama guidance, schedule, Sept. 22, 2014 — Jack Lew, Colin Powell

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday, with Vice President Joe Biden, meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The president also hosts Colin and Alma Powell when he signs the America's Promise Summit Declaration, "which calls on Americans to help the youth of America reach their full potential," according to the White House. Former General Powell is the founding chairman of the alliance and Alma Powell is the board chairman.

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.

Second Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti’s Sept. 13 announcement of his candidacy marked the unofficial kickoff of the 2015 mayoral campaign. | AP file

Look for a Fioretti & Lewis tango

Fioretti can’t take City Hall on his own. Right now, his standing in the mayor's race is limited to his old base and hyperactive progressives who will take “Anybody but Rahm.” Fioretti could raise $3 million-plus. Count on Emanuel to pull in $20 million-plus. If it’s mano a mano, it’s over. Fioretti needs another contender: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis.