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Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn't want any more signs like the one on the Trump International Hotel & Tower to pollute a riverfront that he wants to turn into Chicago's "next great public space." | Getty Images

Emanuel has last word in sign war with Donald Trump

In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle sits in front of police headquarters in Watertown, Conn. The L.A. Unified's School District police department received a MRAP vehicle like this one through a federal program. | AP file

Schools stock up on grenade launchers, other free military gear

LOS ANGELES — School police departments across the country have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine resistant armored vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.

Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.


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.

Former federal judge and former Rep. Abner Mikva, D-Ill, right, introduces Vice President Joe Biden to speak during a luncheon to mark the 40th anniversary of the Legal Services Corporation on Tuesday, in Washington. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as "Shylocks," and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes.

Rauner ad decries Quinn, Blago, Madigan, Cullerton 100-year reign

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Bruce Rauner seized on a new federal subpoena tied to Gov. Pat Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative by launching a new television ad attacking the century-long tenure of Quinn and his current and former Democratic allies in Springfield.

Salim Ucan, Concept Schools vice president, said the Des Plaines-based charter-school operator “will definitely look into" new misconduct allegations involving two of its schools in Ohio.

Ohio adds 2 schools run by Des Plaines' Concept chain to probe

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois.

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.

President Barack Obama speaks at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. | Getty Images

Obama: I won't commit to another ground war in Iraq

TAMPA, Fla. — President Barack Obama reaffirmed Wednesday that he does not intend to send U.S. troops into combat against the Islamic State group, despite doubts about the ability of Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and Syrian rebels to carry out the ground fight on their own.