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Gov. Pat Quinn spoke Wednesday morning during the memorial service for former Illinois State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka at Local 150 Headquarters in Countryside. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Gov. Quinn calls special session on comptroller vacancy

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster who was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s — tells tales in her book, "A Gun in My Gucci." | Provided photo

Ex-FBI agent’s book tells mob tales in ‘A Gun in My Gucci'

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster — was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s.

Off Message: The Year in Review

Natasha Korecki is joined by Laura Washington, Dan Mihalopoulos and Mark Brown to discuss the biggest political stories of 2014, who won, who lost and the best quotes of the year.

Emanuel vows to introduce his own privatization ordinance

Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Thursday to introduce his own ordinance spelling out how much time a City Council rushed into approving the hated parking meter deal would have to consider privatization deals and how the proceeds would be spent.

 
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Lauren Victoria Burke/AP

Durbin's advice to GOP: Get Sen. Ted Cruz under control

Durbin’s suggestion comes days after Cruz’s disastrous maneuver last week that brought the Senate into session on Saturday, unwittingly opening the door to the approval of dozens of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That infuriated Republicans, leading Cruz to apologize days later.

White House officials have said President Barack Obama has concerns that the measure was not in line with his policy of enacting sanctions in tandem with the European Union. | AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File

Obama OKs new sanctions against Russia, but won't enforce them

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama signed legislation Thursday authorizing new sanctions on Russia but said he does not plan to impose the penalties outlined in the measure.

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.