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In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee September 17, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." | Alex Wong / Getty Images

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.


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.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the kickoff of the Nuns on the Bus tour Wednesday at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Biden leaves door open to ground troops in Iraq

DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.

Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for governor of Illinois. Photo from his Facebook page.

GOP appeal seeks to knock Libertarian off gubernatorial ballot

SPRINGFIELD — A Sangamon County judge is considering an appeal by Republican attorneys to remove a Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor from the November ballot.

GOP gubernatorial nominee unveiled his ethics proposals Wednesday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Rauner unveils ethics reform proposals

GOP nominee Bruce Rauner said if he is elected governor, he will seek a slew ethics reforms, including several proposed laws and constitutional amendments.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to tighten the ordinance governing signs along Michigan Avenue to encourage understated signs like this one. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Reilly wants classier, more subtle signs along Michigan Ave.

Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) wants to raise the aesthetic bar for the special sign district already established along Michigan Avenue from Oak Street to Roosevelt Road.

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.