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State Sen. Donne Trotter enters the Dirksen Federal Building Wednesday afternoon. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times Michael Schmidt

Bribe allegations against state Sen. Donne Trotter withdrawn

Poll: Divided voters still focus on economy

WASHINGTON — It's not Obamacare or climate change. It's not yet terrorism or fear of the Islamic State group. Those issues are on the minds of voters as they begin casting ballots in this year's midterm elections, but nothing matters to American voters as much the economy.

Julia Pierson testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. | Getty Images

Secret Service chief resigns amid security lapses

WASHINGTON — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday in the face of multiple revelations about bumbling in her agency and rapidly eroding confidence that the president and his family were being kept safe.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago cab drivers don't need a fare increase. He says he prefers saving them money by easing regulations. | File Photo

Emanuel says cab fare hike not needed, prefers to fix bureaucracy

Chicago cabdrivers have been waiting nearly 10 years for a fare hike. Their wait will continue if Mayor Rahm Emanuel has his way — and not just until after the election.


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.

Members of the Secret Service stand watch on the roof of White House on Tuesday. | Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Accused White House fence-jumper pleads not guilty

WASHINGTON — A man accused of jumping a fence at the White House pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges that he ran into the presidential mansion while carrying a knife.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday a plan to offer free City Colleges tuition to qualifying CPS graduates will cost about $2 million a year — provided that most of those students qualify for federal grants. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel puts $2 million first-year pricetag on scholarship offer

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday said his offer of free City Colleges tuition to Chicago Public School students who graduate with at least a 3.0 grade-point average will cost about $2 million a year — though that assumes 85 percent of them will get federal Pell grants.

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.

A traveler looks at a flight departure board Monday at O'Hare. | AP Photo/Teresa Crawford

Emanuel frustrated with FAA response, lack of backup plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday expressed frustration with how long it is taking federal aviation officials to the local air-traffic control system back to normal.