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Rendering of a planned arena near McCormick Place. A contract to design and build the arena and an adjacent hotel was approved Tuesday by the McPier board. | Provided

Contract approved to build arena/hotel near McCormick Place

A contract to design and build a $564 million event center and hotel complex in the South Loop was awarded on Tuesday to Prairie District 3 Partners.

Obama in Chicago: Focus on non-Hispanic illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON--When President Barack Obama comes to Chicago on Tuesday to bolster support for his immigration executive actions, his visit will specifically highlight non-Hispanic illegal immigrant populations --Irish, Polish, Asians, Ukrainians - who will benefit from new policies aimed at curbing deportations. 

Obama schedule, guidance Nov. 25, 2014 Chicago immigration speech

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday makes a daytrip to Chicago to bolster public support for him immigration executive actions. After landing at O'Hare, Obama will host a roundtable discussion with community leaders and then deliver a speech at the  Copernicus Community Center, 5216 W. Lawrence, run by a foundation deeply involved in Polish and Polish-American issues. The selection of the Jefferson Park venue - serving a community which includes illegal immigrants -  will allow Obama to underscore his point that illegal immigration is not just a Hispanic issue. Obama is likely to add another event to his Chicago stop.


A couple embraces as a grand jury's decision is delivered Monday night in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury decided to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Reaction to Michael Brown shooting boils down to trust

The worst part of the Michael Brown police-involved shooting was the waiting: Waiting for his dead body to be removed from the street. Waiting for his devastated parents to express their anguish. Waiting for the authorities to identify Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson as the man who killed the 18-year-old . . . 


Obama Ferguson statement: Transcript

WASHINGTON--Here is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks on the situation in Ferguson, Mo. delivered Monday night, in the wake of a grand jury deciding not to indict a white police officer accused of killing a black youth.

President Barack Obama awards former Illinois Rep. Abner Mikva the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Monday during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. | Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON — It’s a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva. “As a University of Chicago student, Abner Mikva stopped by the local Democratic headquarters and asked to volunteer,” Obama said. “I love this story. A committeeman asked who sent you. And Ab said, nobody. And the committeeman said, 'we don’t want nobody nobody sent.' That’s Chicago for you.” That phrase from Mikva’s retelling of his encounter with an 8th Ward Democratic boss — "we don’t want nobody nobody sent" — came to be the defining shorthand in explaining how Chicago machine politics worked.

Rauner hoping for further court guidance on pension reform

Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said Monday that he was hardly surprised by a judge’s ruling last week that found Democrats’ landmark 2013 pension reform law to be unconstitutional. But he said he hoped future appeals of the decision would supply a blueprint for what type of reform might pass constitutional muster.

Shoppers walk past the Santa Claus photo booth in at the Westfield Mall in Annapolis, Maryland, last week. AFP FILE PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

The real reason we’re offended by stores opening on Thanksgiving

Oh my gosh, the thought that someone could purchase Aunt Jane’s Christmas present on Thanksgiving Day sure has left us with our collective shorts in a knot, hasn’t it? My initial reaction when I heard this year’s growing outcry over more retail stores opting to open on Thanksgiving: what a bunch of hypocrites.

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.

Archbishop Blase Cupich at St. Agatha Parish, 3147 W. Douglas, on Sunday. File Photo | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Cupich eyeing women for top leadership positions

Pew news . . .Nave notes: Advised by a cadre of concerned priests and laity to clean out the old wood at the chancery, Sneed hears the Chicago’s new archbishop is eyeing the installation of women in top leadership positions.