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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

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.

Playing for dollars and smiles at O'Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. For three years Middleton has played at O’Hare. “I don’t get rich but it sure helps out,” she said of being a street musician. “I’m happy anytime anyone gives me anything, even a penny.”

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.

'Oh god — she's on Twitter'

Days after she called into C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" to scold her sons, Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, Joyce Woodhouse has now joined Twitter.