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Ald. Helen Shiller comments on the proposed city budget in 2009. File Photo. Brian Jackson/Chicago Sun-Times

Deadlocked committee puts off vote on City Council budget analyst

A large 2 inch "cicada killer wasps" excavates sand from a tunnel he is clearing out on the beach at Gillson Park in Wilmette. Sun-Times File Photo by Tom Cruze

All told, I prefer the wasps as metaphor

I’m a cautious person, so nothing bad ever happens to me. Mostly. I’ve never broken my arm. I’ve never lost my wallet, or accidentally set myself on fire, or any of the accidents and happenstance that seem to afflict so many people. I’ve developed rituals to help. 

Children try to get one of the pens used by Gov. Pat Quinn as he signs legislation Tuesday at an elementary school in Berwyn. The bill adds a nonbinding referendum to the November ballot asking voters whether millionaires should pay an additional income tax to help fund schools. (Sun-Times Media, Brian Jackson)

Dem ballot questions a waste of voters’ time

I’d like to think I have always taken seriously the responsibility and opportunity of having an election ballot in front of me, making sure to cast a vote on each and every office and referendum. This year, however, I’ve decided to cut short my work in the voting booth. I’ve got better things to do than to waste time answering all the useless ballot questions Illinois Democrats have decided should clutter up the November voting.


Brian S. Lambrecht collects signatures for Libertarian candidates at the Itasca train station on a rainy morning on May 1.

Libertarians work to stay on Illinois ballot

Brian S. Lambrecht knew the signatures he collected to get the Libertarian Party on the Illinois ballot this fall would be challenged. But he didn't expect he'd be accused of fraud for falsely claiming to live in the Addison home where he has in fact lived for eight years -- and, he points out, where he has been paying the mortgage.

Vice President Joe Biden

Impeachment would be a boost for Joe Biden

Ask Dr. Politics! You are fair, and we are unbalanced! Dear Dr. Politics: Is President Barack Obama going to be impeached? Answer: Only if the Republicans go totally nuts — which means it’s possible.


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.

A Palestinian relative on Tuesday carries the body of Mary Idhair, 7, who was killed along with over a dozen members from her extended family in an Israeli strike in the Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali)

Israel rewrites history on the fly

Time and time again, Israel vainly attempts to reverse the relationship of cause and effect in the conflict with Palestinians, distorting and denying reality.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Poll shows Emanuel with 12-point lead over Lewis

After taking a beating in a series of Sun-Times polls, including one where Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis had a 9-point lead, one poll has given Mayor Rahm Emanuel the edge.

Senate confirms McDonald as VA secretary

WASHINGTON — The Senate has confirmed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new Veterans Affairs secretary. He has the mission to overhaul an agency beleaguered by long veterans' waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

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.

President Warren G. Harding wrote to his mistress that “there are no words, at my command, sufficient to say the full extent of my love for you — a mad, tender, devoted, ardent, eager, passion-wild, jealous . . . hungry . . . love . . .” | AP file photo

Warren Harding's letters to mistress expose his 'aching hunger'

Here's a little bit of a history lesson: Prior to becoming the 29th president, Warren G. Harding had a way with words — especially with dirty talk — when it came to his mistress.