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Jim Franczek (left), the city's chief labor negotiator, talks to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's City Council floor leader, Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), after Tuesday's committee vote ratifying a new $80 million contract that will give firefighters and paramedics an 11 percent pay raise over five years. (Photo by Fran Spielman)​

Council panel ratifies $80 million firefighters contract

Democrats to unveil $2.7 billion bill on alien children

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday circulated legislation to significantly cut President Barack Obama's request for emergency funding to deal with an influx of Central American children streaming across the U.S. border with Mexico.

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The steep climb in racial disparity behind bars

Are black men in any better position now in the 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964? No, and it's not even close, based on research from University of Chicago economists Derek Neal and Armin Rick.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), chairman of the Chicago City Council's budget committee, is worried about people who end up on the do-not-hire list after they are accused, but who then find it hard to have their names removed if they are acquitted or charges are dropped. She says the removal process shouldn't take so long. | Sun-Times File Photo

Aldermen embrace do-not-hire list in post-Shakman era

Chicago aldermen have agreed to follow a "do-not-hire" list, as long recommended by a federal monitor. The list would show people who, because of past misconduct, are banned from city employment.

 

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. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., along with others, are pressing President Barack Obama to put harsh sanctions on Russia. | AP file photo

Top senators push for harsh sanctions against Russia

WASHINGTON — Leading Democratic senators want harsh new measures against Russia for its actions in Ukraine. They are also asking President Barack Obama to add a Ukrainian rebel group to a U.S. terrorism blacklist.

Some residents near O'Hare International Airport are complaining that new traffic patterns have dramatically increased noise levels in their neighborhoods. The city has agreed to install more noise monitors as it continues to look into the issue. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

City to install new O'Hare noise monitors

Eight additional monitors will be installed to track airplane noise around O'Hare International Airport, the city annouced Tuesday. The work comes in the wake of a change in flight patterns that have dramatically increased jet noise in some neighborhoods, according to residents.

Jenny McCarthy, left, and Sherri Shepherd. | AP file photo

Did Jenny McCarthy just say Hillary Clinton is a lesbian?

Does former Bill Clinton have a mistress nicknamed the "Energizer," as reported by the New York Post? Maybe he does, says The View's Jenny McCarthy, and maybe Hillary Clinton has permission to fool around on the side with women as well.

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.

Court orders term limit filings by mid-August

The Chicago-based First District Appellate Court put the term limits question on the fast-track after the Illinois Supreme Court refused to hear the issue. The appeals court ordered up a complete briefing schedule to be completed by mid-August.