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CTU President Karen Lewis. | Alex Wroblewski~Sun-Times

Pre-election luau? Karen Lewis moves trip in case of mayoral run

With all the talk of a possible mayoral run Karen Lewis, we haven't seen much of her lately. That's because the Chicago Teachers Union President shifted her annual vacation in Hawaii to July. Why? 


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.

Menard Correctional Center | AP file photo

Free some older, nonviolent, longtime prisoners: activist

Should prisoners over age 50 who have served at least 25 years have a chance to get parole? The Illinois Joint Committee on Criminal Justice is holding hearings on prison crowding and sentencing, and here is part of what prison-reform activist Bill Ryan plans to tell the committee.

State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

Coming soon: Kirk Dillard's resignation

Watch for state Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) to tender his formal resignation from the Senate around Aug. 1 — so he can officially become the next chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority.

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.

2008 immigration law unexpectedly at center of border debate

WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein recalls turning on her television and seeing a young Chinese girl crying before a judge, without even an interpreter to help her after surviving a harrowing journey to the U.S. That was the genesis of a law six years ago that is now at the center of an immigration crisis at the nation's Southern border.