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Gov. Pat Quinn says he's confident the state supreme court will uphold the pension reform law. | Ashlee Rezin/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

Jennie Biggs (center), 47, a board member for Raise Your Hand and parent of three students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools, spoke during a press conference Thursday morning at the Thompson Center to call on the Illinois State Board of Education to suspend implementation of the PARCC test for the 2014-2015 school year. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Parents tell state superintendent to stop PARCC test

A parent group delivered about 3,700 signatures on petitions against a new standardized test to the Illinois State Board of Education Friday, pleading for a year’s delay on the hours-long test they say isn’t ready and calling for a testing opt-out

A man walks through the rubble of the damaged U.S. consulate in Benghazi. | AP file photo

House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

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Church must use its women to fullest

I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack’s former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the new leader of Chicago Catholics bunks.

 
Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia in October | File photo

Garcia blasts Emanuel for closing 50 schools

Mayoral challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia blasted  Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for closing 50 schools and portrayed the incumbent as a big-money “Washington insider” who lacks the “temperament” to “listen and engage” everyday Chicagoans.

President Barack Obama speaks about immigration, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. The president unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation, setting off a fierce fight with Republicans over the limits of presidential powers. | Carolyn Kaster/AP Photo

Obama launches sales mission on immigration

Speaking at the Las Vegas high school where he launched his drive for Congress to send him an immigration bill, President Barack Obama outlined steps he has taken to help millions of people living in the country illegally.

The evil of Palestinian propaganda

The pounding of nails or the buzz of a saw to build a home in an Israeli community in the disputed lands of the West Bank never fails to spark outrage against Israel from the State Department or European capitals. Virtually unnoticed by them is the sewer of hate against Israel and Jews that spews through Palestinian society.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Oct. 8, 2013, file photo. | AP File Photo

House GOP sues administration over health care law

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans sued the Obama administration on Friday over its implementation of President Barack Obama's health care law, saying he had overstepped his legal authority in carrying out the program.

President Barack Obama signals to his aides and staff that he will return to the White House because he forgot something before his departure on Marine One helicopter on Friday. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Forgetful Obama? What did he leave behind at White House?

So it went for President Barack Obama Friday. On his way to Las Vegas to promote his immigration executive actions, Obama boarded his Marine One helicopter on the White House's South Lawn.

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.

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel watch as President Barack Obama gives a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Quinn vs. Emanuel in mayoral race? It would be close, poll shows

While Gov. Pat Quinn lost the governor's race against Bruce Rauner, Quinn dominated in Chicago where he had more than a 50-point advantage against Rauner. And with support like that, what would happen if Quinn launched a mayoral bid? A new poll shows he'd be in a tight race with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.