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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis outside Chicago Public Schools headquarters on Wednesday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Karen Lewis' first mayoral campaign donor has education ties

Members of 'team Red' work on laptop computers during a mock cyber attack scenario in London in March. (AP File Photo/Alastair Grant)

10 ways to fend off cyber-attacks

Given the growing number of cyber hacks and security breaches, people question whether they can really do anything to secure their personal and financial information. The truth is you can do a lot.

Earth-moving tractors and equipment made by Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. are seen in Clinton in 2012. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Blowing smoke on corporate taxes

American corporate leaders love to complain about the nation’s high corporate tax rate, one of the highest in the world. This rate, they say, is stifling business investment and encouraging U.S. corporations to move their headquarters to other countries. It sounds logical. But it may not be true.

Shooting by 9-year-old girl stirs debate over guns

PHOENIX — The accidental shooting death of a firing-range instructor by a 9-year-old girl with an Uzi has set off a powerful debate over youngsters and guns, with many people wondering what sort of parents would let a child handle a submachine gun.

Gov. Pat Quinn talks to Darold Butler, coach of the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, during Wednesday's rally at Jackie Robinson Park. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

PHOTOS: Politicians cheer on Jackie Robinson West

Thousands cheered on Jackie Robinson West during their downtown rally on Wednesday, and a handful of politicians were on hand as well.

 

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.

Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas said Illinois schools would suffer a nearly $4 billion annual loss in revenues and as many as one out of every six public school teachers would face layoffs if Bruce Rauner successfully rolls back the state’s 5-percent individual income taxes. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Vallas: 'Devastating' cuts to Chicago schools await under Rauner

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate Wednesday predicted “devastating cuts” to education across Illinois, including an $882 million hit to Chicago's public schools, if Republican Bruce Rauner’s tax-cut plan is carried out.

Activist Tom Tresser has set out to do what the city won't: tell us how much of our tax money is sitting in tax increment financing accounts. | Sun-Times file photo

As TIFs keep collecting tax dollars, schools face more cuts

"I don't think it should be too burdensome to tell us how they're spending 1.7 billion of our property tax dollars," activist Tom Tresser said.

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.