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Chicago Public Schools' Safe Passage program is expanding to 27 more schools. | AP

Governor hands CPS $10 million for more Safe Passage

A Palestinian man walks past a fire in a street set by a home owner in an effort to keep mosquitoes away from their shattered homes in Shejaiya on Wednesday. Shejaiya was one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in fighting between Hamas militants and Israel during 50 days of fighting. AFP FILE PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDTROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images

Build on Gaza ceasefire

The war between Israel and Gaza may have ended but Israelis, Palestinians and the international community should not be satisfied with a ceasefire and a return to “business as usual.”

A person adds a banner to the memorial for police violence victim Eric Garner, during a rally against police violence last week in the Staten Island borough of New York City. (File Photo by Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Heavy young men get labeled for the worse

Devonte Washington, in his second year at Kennedy-King College on the South Side, hauls a backpack when he goes to school. It looks like an itty-bitty thing against his imposing 6-foot-2-inch, heavy frame, and it is useful for more than carrying books. It alters his image. “Nobody bothers me when I have my book bag,” Washington, who is black, said.

Obama taps Chicago's Jim Crown for Intelligence Board

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday tapped Chicago industrialist James Crown to a spot on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Crown is a longtime friend and was an Illinois co-finance chair for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

The rarely-worn tan suit in question.

Obama wears tan suit, #tansuit trends on Twitter

When President Barack Obama stepped up to the podium Thursday afternoon to talk about situations in Syria and Ukraine, one thing initially caught everyone's attention — his suit.

 

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.

Judge Richard Posner. | Sun-Times library

Dumb arguments against same-sex marriage don’t hide bigotry

You know what I admire about bigots? I’m referring to the real wackos, the warped, scary, neo-Nazi, open Klansman, proudly sign-their-name haters. You know what’s kinda great about them? At least they’re candid. 

Former City Comptroller Amer Ahmad in 2011 | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Feds want to sentence former Emanuel city comptroller

Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence Amer Ahmad — while Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s convicted former city comptroller remains in a Pakistan jail — because it could take years to extradite him and he may never return to the United States.

Obama on Syria: 'We don't have a strategy yet'

President Barack Obama played down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East.

Protesters return tear gas to police in Ferguson. | Alex Wroblewski / For Sun-Times Media

Hillary Clinton breaks her silence on Ferguson

Under fire for keeping quiet about the events in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer, Hillary Clinton on Thursday weighed in and called for a "thorough and speedy investigation."

Governor: Utah should defend anti-polygamy law

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's governor says the state should appeal a court ruling that favors the family on the TV show "Sister Wives" and strikes down key parts of a law criminalizing polygamy.

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.

WATCH: Rauner responds to new minimum wage ad

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, minutes after leaving a candidate forum with the Metropolitan Planning Council, responded to a new minimum wage ad that's attacking him for past comments he's made on the issue.