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Jerome Finnigan was convicted in federal court of seeking to have another police officer murdered. | Associated Press photo

List shows two convicted cops were topic of dozens of complaints

Jane gets a kiss from Shelby Norris in 1980. | Sun-Times file photo

Five things you probably don't know, or forgot, about Jane Byrne

Pending approval today by the City Council, Chicago will honor the legacy of Jane Byrne, its only female mayor, who served from 1979 to 1983. The plaza on which the Old Water Tower sits will be renamed Jane M. Byrne Plaza.

Dale Hopkins, center left, of Los Angeles, reacts as President Barack Obama hugs her after she told him how handsome she thinks he is. | AP Photo

Woman in Kansas City loses it over how 'handsome' Obama is

He may look a bit older with his salt and pepper hair, but President Barack Obama can still throw the ladies into a frenzy.

GOP-led House ready to pull trigger on Obama lawsuit

WASHINGTON — Republicans are ready to muscle legislation through the House authorizing an election-year lawsuit against President Barack Obama that accuses him of exceeding his powers in enforcing his health care law.


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.

3 Questions: Carmen Berrios

Dan Mihalopoulos answers three questions about Carmen Berrios, her recent $25,000 county settlement and her job working for her brother, Joe.

Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election debate on whether to raise gasoline taxes.

An employee at Bloom Well, a medical marijuana dispensary in Bend, Ore., holds a container of cannabis that is marked with the THC and CBD results earlier this month after it was tested in a lab to better inform their customers on the product they are looking at. (AP File Photo/The Bulletin, Ryan Brennecke)

City plans for strict limits on medical pot sites go up in smoke

Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are likely coming to busy shopping areas, despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city.  That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North near touristy fast food joints, according to new zoning regulations approved Tuesday by a the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards. 

A large 2 inch "cicada killer wasps" excavates sand from a tunnel he is clearing out on the beach at Gillson Park in Wilmette. | Sun-Times file photo

All told, I prefer the wasps as metaphor

I’m a cautious person, so nothing bad ever happens to me. Mostly. I’ve never broken my arm. I’ve never lost my wallet, or accidentally set myself on fire, or any of the accidents and happenstance that seem to afflict so many people. I’ve developed rituals to help. 

Children try to get one of the pens used by Gov. Pat Quinn as he signs legislation Tuesday at an elementary school in Berwyn. The bill adds a nonbinding referendum to the November ballot asking voters whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Dem ballot questions a waste of voters’ time

I’d like to think I have always taken seriously the responsibility and opportunity of having an election ballot in front of me, making sure to cast a vote on each and every office and referendum. This year, however, I’ve decided to cut short my work in the voting booth. I’ve got better things to do than to waste time answering all the useless ballot questions Illinois Democrats have decided should clutter up the November voting.


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.

The county ethics board sued Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios in March, to get him to at least pay a fine for flouting its ban against nepotism. The case is still pending, court records show. | Sun-Times file photo

Berrios relatives risk injury for right to crowd county payroll

Joe Berrios believes he’s free to hire whomever, even his dog. That’s the way a political adviser to Berrios — the Cook County assessor and county Democratic Party chairman — once explained it to me. That’s why his sister Carmen Berrios was working one evening in April 2007, after normal business hours, at the Cook County Board of Review. It was in the line of county duty, Carmen Berrios says, that she “tripped on a floor outlet and landed on the floor,” on her right shoulder.