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The proposed ordinance championed by City Clerk Susana Mendoza (pictured) would raise the minimum fine from $200 to $300 and double the maximum fine — to $1,000 — for keeping a car or truck in the city and registering it in the suburbs. | Sun-Times files

City council poised to raise fines for registering cars in burbs

Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno with House Minority Leader Jim Durkin. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Loss of Illinois residents worries legislative leader

Are too many people moving out of Illinois? This week, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno said there are.

Chicago hosts White House working families conference on Monday

WASHINGTON--The White House hosts a conference on working families in Chicago on Monday, featuring a cast of Chicagoans-- White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett; First Lady Chief of Staff Tina Tchen, in her role as White House Council on Women and Girls Executive Director, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. and Rep. Jan Schakowsky D-Ill.

Chicago Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) | Sun-Times file photo

Reilly pushes tightening noose on 'worst actors' in valet parking

Chicago would throw the book at the “worst actors” in the valet parking industry — companies that operate without a license and those using counterfeit pay-and-display parking receipts — under a crackdown advanced Wednesday.

Clean Energy: A Very Chicago Enterprise

Earlier this month I attended the Clean Energy Trust’s Clean Energy Challenge, where teams of entrepreneurial students pitched a series of ideas that could set the world on a better path by using the free market to attack serious problems looming

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (second from right) talks with President Barack Obama at Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo. | Getty Images

Obama offering Japan security, economic assurances

TOKYO — Facing fresh questions about his commitment to Asia, President Barack Obama will seek to convince Japan's leaders Thursday that he can deliver on his security and economic pledges, even as the crisis in Ukraine demands U.S. attention and resources elsewhere.

Former Black Caucus chairman blasts Ryan for racial 'ignorance'

When Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) meets with the Congressional Black Caucus next week, former chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) said he will bring up Ryan's previous comments about inner city poverty. While Cleaver insisted the meeting with Ryan will be more "light than heat," he did provide a preview of it Wednesday on MSNBC.

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.

On second attempt, earlier Sunday liquor sales get committee OK

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council floor leader tried again Wednesday to extend the hours of Sunday liquor sales in Chicago — and succeeded by appeasing colleagues concerned about exacerbating an outdoor drinking problem that creates a breeding ground for other crime.