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Aldermen Will Burns (left), Ameya Pawar and Thomas Tunney confer during a Chicago City Council meeting in April. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Majority supports plan to give IG power to investigate aldermen

Rahm Emanuel (center) and Bruce Rauner (second from right) outside the Paradise Valley Grill near Livingston, Montana, in 2010. Emanuel is carrying a bottle of Napa Valley Reserve, a wine produced by an exclusive invitation-only club. | David S. Lewis/Montana Pioneer

Rauner admits $100K wine club; Quinn whines of banana breakfast

Republican Bruce Rauner is known for wearing an $18 watch in TV campaign ads. But when it comes to wine, he’s not exactly popping open bottles of “Two-Buck Chuck.” On Tuesday, Rauner disclosed he belonged to an invitation-only, exclusive wine club that cost upward of $100,000 to join.  Meanwhile, Gov. Pat Quinn told reporters of his dinner of graham crackers to spotlight the need to raise the minimum wage — and to underscore Rauner's wealth.

Divvy bike station | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Steinberg’s Divvy Diary: Take my bike, please!

Ka-thunk! Of all the satisfying physical aspects of riding a Divvy bike in downtown Chicago — standing on the pedals to pick up speed and make it through that yellow light, dragging the pad of your thumb across the serrated wheel that rrrrings the bell — returning the blue bomber to its station port after a jaunt and slamming the thing home is one of the more satisfying. 

Anne Dias Griffin and Ken Griffin | File photo

Billionaire’s wife says she was coerced into signing pre-nup

It looks like the gloves are off in the divorce of one of Chicago’s wealthiest couples. In an explosive response to the divorce filing from her husband, billionaire investor Ken Griffin, Anne Dias Griffin filed a petition in Cook County court Tuesday demanding the couple’s premarital agreement be dissolved because it was signed under duress.

Chicago Police officers watch as paramedics attend to Marlon Horton, 28, who was shot by an officer outside a CHA building nearly a year ago. | Photo from surveillance video

Transcript raises serious questions on police shooting

Marlon Horton, 28, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer outside a CHA building nearly a year ago. The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera located in the lobby of the building at 1815 W. Monroe. On Wednesday, lawyers representing Horton’s family plan to distribute transcripts of the 911 calls the officers made after Horton was shot. Jarrod Horton, the deceased man’s older brother, called the shooting “barbaric” and “cold-blooded murder.”

 

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.

Ira Goldman with his invention, the Knee Defender, at Washington's Reagan National Airport in 2003. Goldman invented the device, a beeper-sized block of plastic that lets airline passengers prevent the seat in front of them from reclining. (AP File Photo/Susan Walsh)

A knee-jerk reaction to the ‘right to recline’ debate

This is just so ridiculous that some airline passengers are going out and buying those Knee Defender gadgets to prevent the person in front of them from reclining their seat. I’m appalled. After all, as most tall people have learned by now, you can accomplish the same thing with the strategic use of the in-flight magazine, conveniently located in the seat pocket in front of you.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk talks Tuesday at a Bruce Rauner news conference announcing the Veterans for Rauner Coalition. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

U.S. Sen. Kirk on ISIS: Obama should 'bomb the hell out them'

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Tuesday urged President Barack Obama to “bomb the hell” out of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, as the Illinois Republican offered sobering advice to family members of those held captive by the Islamic militant group. “I would say to any family member: If your family member is in ISIS’ hands, it’s not likely that person’s going to return,” said Kirk.

See, who says opposing sides can't get along? Rauner and Quinn dueling mascots, Quinnocchio and Baron von Moneybags spent some time together at the Illinois State Fair.

The art of digging up political dirt

WBEZ has taken a look at opposition researchers, and specifically, who is shoveling what during the campaign season.

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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel gets good news from Wall Street — for a change

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2011 decision to double water and sewer rates over a four-year period--followed by annual rate hikes to keep pace with inflation — was a bitter pill to swallow for 5.3 million city and suburban customers. But it paid dividends on Wall Street Tuesday.