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Bruce Rauner (left) and United States Senator Mark Kirk wait to be introduced at news conference announcing the Veterans for Rauner Coalition in September. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Sen. Mark Kirk stumping for Rauner, Dold

Exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington in 2013. File Photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IRS’ blithe seizure of assets should terrify us

 The IRS, looking for tax cheats, has a rule where banks must flag cash deposits over $10,000. So in an attempt to avoid this scrutiny, drug dealers and other criminal types keep their deposits under $10,000. But legal small-business owners also make regular small cash deposits. You’d think the IRS would differentiate between running a drug ring and running a bakery. But they didn’t.

Arkansas candidate's 'American dream' includes sewage, stripping

John Burkhalter, Arkansas’ candidate for lieutenant governor, says he has "lived the American dream," which included time spent working as a male stripper, and a job that included bucketing "sewage out of the sewers with a five-gallon bucket on a ski rope with an ice scoop in my hand."

Michelle Obama will speak at two commencement speeches this year as part of two video contests. | AP

Michelle Obama wants to come to your graduation ceremony

WASHINGTON — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

Dr. Linda Brubaker, Dean of the Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, talks to students after accepting one of three Tradition of Excellence awards in 2012. File Photo. | Curtis Lehmkuhl

Students not legal — but superb

Dr. Mark Kuczewski of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine heard of a star student on the West Coast who wanted to be a doctor, but she was not a legal resident. Medical schools were not accepting such students. Kuczewski and higher-ups at Loyola moved quickly to allow undocumented students to compete for admittance, citing the Jesuit school’s promotion of social justice. Loyola was the first to make the change and 34 universities have so far followed suit.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy speaks to the City Club of Chicago in September. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

McCarthy airs crime concerns about medical and recreational pot

Medical marijuana won’t be a prelude to legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois if Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has anything to say about it.

Michael Jordan's fact check: Obama is 'a shi--y golfer'

President Barack Obama continually comes under assault from his critics for the number of vacations he takes — and the amount of golf he plays — but former Bulls great and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan says all of that time on the course isn't doing Obama much good.

Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino died Thursday. He was 71. | AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

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.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is trying again Thursday to sell skeptical aldermen less than four months from re-election on his claim that Chicago is turning the corner in the fight against violent crime.