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Long-time government mole John Thomas was arrested at his home early Friday morning. He's shown leaving federal court later in the day. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Informant in Rezko, Carothers cases accused of stealing TIF money

Pop Culture and Politics with Alan Sepinwall

Chicago Sun-Times Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk talks pop culture and political themes in television with TV critic and author of "The Revolution Was Televised," Alan Sepinwall.

Congresswomen upbraid Army, say hairstyle rules are unfair

Some members of the Congressional Black Caucus are asking the Army to reconsider new regulations on hairstyles that they see as unfair to women of color. The updated rules banning braids, dreadlocks and twists show "a lack of cultural sensitivity conducive to creating a tolerant environment for minorities," according to a letter signed by 16 congresswomen and sent to Secretary of Defense Charles Hagel.

Rep. Aaron Schock in Japan, China, South Korea

 Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. departed Friday on an official trip running through April 27  to Japan, South Korea and China traveling with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. and Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan R-Wisc., Mitt Romney's 2012 vice presidential running mate.

Remembering the persecuted on Easter

At that much noted gathering of al-Qaida fanatics and killers in Yemen recently, one of the terrorist group’s leaders called for new attacks on the United States, declaring that “we must eliminate the cross” and that “the bearer of the cross is Am

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.

University of Illinois trustees fear faculty might rush to retire if the newly passed pension law isn't changed. | Sun-Times

U. of I. fears brain drain without change to pension reform

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees decided Friday to push state legislators to change the new pension funding law so that hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of university faculty and employees don’t retire before July 1.

David Axelrod will advise Britain's Labour Party in the upcoming campaign. | Richard Chapman/Sun-Times

David Axelrod to help Britain's Labour Party during campaign

Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns to help with its leader's election bid next year.

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.

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$100 to register for medical marijuana under state rules

The cost to patients registering to use medical marijuana will be less than what state officials had first suggested, according to rules posted Friday by state agencies that will oversee implementation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program. But those seeking to open a medical marijuana dispensary or a cultivation center will need hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to those rules.