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President Barack Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., earlier this month. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

A worker adjusting hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation last month at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Fracking in Illinois said to be at 'grinding halt'

Last year, Illinois patted itself on the back for enacting legislation to govern hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has what Gov. Pat Quinn called the best environmental protections in the nation. Now, some of those involved in the negotiations are fretting that the deal could become the legislative equivalent of a dry well.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez speaks about the NATO 3 case at a news conference earlier this year. | Alex Wroblewski/Sun Times

Prosecutors seek 14-year prison terms for NATO 3

Cook County prosecutors are seeking 14-year prison sentences for the three out-of-town protesters known as the NATO 3, according to a 48-page prosecution memo.

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits.

GOP lawmaker: 'Men are more motivated' than women

A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire has finally figured out why women make less than men: They're not as motivated, they shy away from working nights and weekends, and the ladies definitely don't like to work outdoors.

Clean Energy: A Very Chicago Enterprise

Earlier this month I attended the Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Challenge, where teams of entrepreneurial students pitched a series of ideas that could set the world on a better path by using the free market to attack serious problems looming

Friends and relatives wrote dozens of letters to the judge in Carla Oglesby's money laundering case, praising her kindness and humility and seeking leniency. The judge on Wednesday sentenced her to 6 1/2 years in prison. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

In letter to judge, Ald. Austin praises convicted Stroger aide

Dozens of letters to a Cook County judge praised Carla Oglesby, a former aide to then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger as humble, helpful and kind. Prosecutors see her differently. Oglesby was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for money-laundering and theft.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner shakes hands at an Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly at the Chicago Hilton earlier this month. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments

MOLINE — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner isn't attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements of a pastor asked to speak at the event.

Rep. Foster to hold fundraiser in Winnetka

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill. heads to Winnetka on May 4 for a fundraiser hosted by the New Trier Democratic Organization at the home of Flip and Margaret Corboy.

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.

First lady Michelle Obama hugs Charlotte Bell, 10, after she handed Mrs. Obama her dad's resume during the White House's annual "Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day." | AP Photo

At event, Michelle Obama gets resume from girl with jobless dad

WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's annual question-and-answer session with the children of Executive Office employees has taken a somber turn.