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In preliminary rules for implementing Illinois law allowing the medical use of marijuana, state officials would have barred users and their caregivers from obtaining a Firearms Owner ID card. But in rules that will be officially filed for review later this week, that provision has been removed. | Sun-Times File Photo

Proposal to deny firearms ID cards to medical pot users is nixed

If the state's income tax rate is rolled back as scheduled next year, Illinois school districts would lose more than $450 million in general state aid funding next fiscal year, according to data released by Senate President John Cullerton’s office Wednesday. | Associated Press Photo

Democrats say schools lose $450 million if tax rate rolled back

Illinois school districts would lose more than $450 million in general state aid funding next fiscal year, according to data released by Senate President John Cullerton’s office Wednesday, if a hike in the state income tax rate is not made permanent. Chicago Public Schools would lose almost $174 million, according to the data.

U.S. readies sanctions on Russia, aid for Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is preparing to ratchet up sanctions on Russia and boost assistance for the Ukrainian military in the coming days, U.S. officials said Wednesday, as Ukraine struggles to contain a pro-Russian uprising in its eastern cities.

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.

John Racasi (left) was sentenced to 18 months and Thomas Hawkins received two years for taking bribes to lower property tax bills. | Sun-Times file photo

Two Cook County employees get prison for bribery scheme

Two Cook County employees who took bribes to lower property tax bills were sentenced Wednesday to two years and 18 months behind bars respectively.

President Barack Obama, right, speaks after being introduced by Vice President Joe Biden arrive at the Community College of Allegheny County-West Hills Center in Oakdale, Pa. | AP Photo

Obama: It's urgent that U.S. moves forward on job training

OAKDALE, Pa. — Urging the U.S. to keep up in the global skills race, President Barack Obama on Wednesday highlighted $600 million in new job-training grants that he said could help people land well-paying jobs.

Flight Engineer Chris Poole reads a small bible aboard a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P-3 Orion on route to search over the southern Indian Ocean looking for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 Friday, April 11, 2014. | Richard Polden/AP Photo

Bible could become official book of Louisiana

The Bible could become the official book of Louisiana if state legislators approve a bill set to come to a vote in the next few days.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle backed Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios' re-election for head of the county Democratic Party. (File photo) | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Berrios gets fifth term as county Democratic boss

Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios saw no opposition in his bid for a fifth term as chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

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.

Attorney General Eric Holder | Getty Images

Texas congressman wants to take away Eric Holder's salary

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), has introduced a bill that would stop paying federal employees who are being held in contempt of Congress — and it's aimed directly at Attorney General Eric Holder.