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Emails from Gov. Pat Quinn’s former top aides recount how Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough, a Maywood Democrat who had been the suburb’s state representative, approached Quinn’s administration in January 2011 to oppose giving NRI funding to a longtime social service provider in Maywood. | File photo

Internal Quinn emails: Suburban mayoral jockeying shaped NRI move

Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett listens to opening remarks at a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. | Sun-Times File Photo

LIVE BLOG: CPS votes on budget

he Chicago Board of Education is voting today on its budget. Get live updates from Lauren Fitzpatrick and other reporters at the board meeting.

Joseph Gutman, managing partner of Grosvenor Capital, donated $25,000 to a political action committee supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election. So did his wife, Sheila (right). Those were among six contributions from a handful of donors who helped the "Chicago Forward" PAC bring in $350,000 in just one day. | Sun-Times Media

Emanuel Super PAC rakes in $350,000 more in one day

A Super-PAC supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election raised $350,000 in one day this month from six contributors.


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.

New federal safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

WASHINGTON — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

"The problem is not the Republican Party per se," President Barack Obama said. "The problem is this particular group that has gone kind off the rails." | Getty Images

Obama: GOP has 'gone off the rails'

SAN FRANCISCO — As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office.

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.

"We certainly have made steps forward," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in Jerusalem, where he was meeting for the second time this week with United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon. "There's still work to be done." | AP Photo

Kerry offers glimmer of hope in Gaza cease-fire talks

JERUSALEM — Offering the first glimmer of hope for a Gaza cease-fire, the United States on Wednesday said negotiations to broker a truce between Israel and Hamas militants are making some progress even if an end to more than two weeks of bloodshed is nowhere near.