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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with CTA President Forrest Claypool, in 2011 | Sun-Times files

Despite recent hirings, Emanuel has "full confidence" in Claypool

High school students from Chicago laugh as Michelle Obama makes a rectangle symbol, representing the women's quad, in response to cheering from students at Howard University in Washington. The first lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. | AP Photo

Michelle Obama meets with Chicago public high school students

At Howard University, not far from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper and actor Bow Wow met with a group of 37 Chicago public high school juniors and seniors — including from her alma mater, Whitney Young — on Thursday, on campus to participate in a Chicago-centric program to encourage them to attend college.

 “Chicago, whassup?” Bow Wow asked as he began to moderate a discussion the students had with the first lady, according to a pool report.

Joe Ferguson, Chicago's inspector general, detailed more wrongdoing by city employees in his quarterly report, released on Thursday. | Sun-Times File Photo

Ferguson's quarterly report includes crimes large and small

As usual,  the quarterly report from Chicago’s inspector general, Joe Ferguson, includes no names of accused employees but plenty of other details about what they’re accused of doing. They include allegations of drinking on the job, driving city vehicles home and taking scrap metal from city sites — during business hours — and selling it to scrap dealers, thus pocketing thousands of dollars.

Chelsea Clinton and her husband, Marc Mezvinsky, are expecting their first child later this year. | Associated Press file

Chelsea Clinton expecting first child

WASHINGTON — Chelsea Clinton says she and her husband are expecting their first child later this year.

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the newly-renovated International Terminal 5 is unveiled at O'Hare International Airport earlier this month. (AP file photo)

Durbin has massive cash advantage over Oberweis

Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. has stockpiled $6,062,115.91 in his political warchest, overwhelming the $256,447 cash-on-hand of his November election GOP rival, state Sen. Jim Oberweis R-Sugar Grove, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for the quarter ending March 31.

President Barack Obama | AP Photo

Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

WASHINGTON — Eight million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges, President Barack Obama said Thursday, besting expectations and offering new hope to Democrats who are defending the law ahead of the midterm elections.

Bruce Rauner. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Illinois State Medical Society backs Rauner with $150k

The Illinois State Medical Society PAC has pumped $150,000 into the campaign account of GOP gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner, state reports show. The money was part of a Rauner campaign filing on Thursday that reflected more than $350,000 to the candidate. 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pension reform plan will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded. | AP

Analysis: Pension reforms to cost workers $55 million by 2025

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to raise employee contributions by 29 percent to save two city employee pension funds will cost workers $55 million by 2025 and reduce their benefits by 14 percent, an independent analysis has concluded.