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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, right, and House Speaker Michael Madigan, look on as Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in the House chambers at the state Capitol in January. | AP Photo/Seth Perlman

Illinois has one of most unfair tax systems, study shows

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Chicago, other big cities take aim at prescription painkillers

Health commissioners from Chicago, New York and Boston came to Washington to lobby Congress and the White House on efforts to combat prescription opioid abuse, which is blamed for 17,000 deaths per year — more than three times as many as either heroin or cocaine.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Aramark, hired to clean Chicago Public Schools, had better clean up its act. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Rahm to Aramark: Clean up the schools or clean out your desks

Responding to reports of filthy conditions inside Chicago Public Schools after privatizing janitorial management,  Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Aramark could "clean out the schools, or they can clean out their desks and get out."

Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

WASHINGTON — The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections.


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.

President Obama signs a memorandum creating a task force to respond to campus rapes on January 22. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

White House will engage men to fight campus sexual assault

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem.

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Dempsey: Don't rule out ground troops to fight Islamic extremists

The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

WATCH: Second City puts out Pat Quinn parody ad



We've seen some wacky and hilarious campaign ads during this election cycle, not only in Illinois, but also across the nation. But it's hard to compete with the latest entry, which is a parody ad put out by Second City and takes aim at Quinn.

Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being “sluggish” in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. | AP Photo

Five things to know about U.S. response to Ebola crisis

Here's a look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:

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.