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Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti at the Mexican Independence Day Parade in Little Village on Sunday. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Fioretti’s old campaign records ‘incomplete and disorganized’

Wary lawmakers ready to OK arms for Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — Wary House lawmakers are on track to give President Barack Obama authority to order U.S. military training and arms for moderate rebels confronting the growing danger of Islamic State militants.

Obama guidance & press schedule Sept. 17, 2014. CENTCOM visit

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday visits  the U.S. Central Command at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fl. for briefings on the battle against ISIL. CENTCOM is the military command center dealing with "20 countries in the Middle East and Central and South Asia, including Iraq and Syria." Later, at the White House, Obama hosts a picnic for members of Congress.


President Barack Obama | AP

Majority of voters oppose tax funds being used for Obama library

The odds may favor Chicago landing the the Obama library and museum — with the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago being two of the four finalists — but that doesn't mean voters want tax dollars used to help make it happen, a new poll shows.

Volunteers walk by boxes of tomatoes and watermelons at the SF-Marin Food Bank in San Francisco. | Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Only four states hit by food stamp cuts

WASHINGTON — Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.


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.

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, in Lagos, in May. | AP Photo

Is the bad news about women really good?

Hundreds of girls in Nigeria are kidnapped by insurgents. In Eastern Europe, women are raped as a strategy of war. An NFL star slugs his wife in a jarring video. Women worldwide fight for basic rights — to drive, to go to school. Taken together, you might easily think that the rights of women are ebbing. You’d be wrong, according to Canadian journalist Sally Armstrong, who travels the world reporting on women’s issues.

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla., on June 18, 2013. | Chris O’Meara/AP

Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

Justice Department launches policing bias study

WASHINGTON — Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama meets with Emory University doctors and healthcare workers during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. | Getty Images

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

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.

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC