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Agent Ari Emanuel, left, and musician Justin Timberlake, center, are seen before Game 1 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks second-round NBA playoff basketball series in Los Angeles in 2011. (AP File Photo/Matt Sayles)

Rahm’s brother’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions

Cook County Clerk David Orr | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

David Orr has been irritating mayors for 35 years

In honor of his 35th year as an elected official, Cook County clerk David Orr did what he does best: he irritated the hell out of a powerful mayor.

Ald. George Cardenas (12th) | Sun-Times files

Restaurants and small independents exempt from plastic bag ban

Chicago retailers would be prohibited from putting their merchandise in plastic bags, but restaurants and small independents would be exempt, under a groundbreaking compromise hammered out by the City Council.

WATCH: Jon Stewart goes on rant about sexism in politics

Last night on the "Daily Show," Jon Stewart took a pretty hard shot at our political system for its rampant sexism, and focused on many media pundits who are now wondering if Hillary Clinton won't run for president now that her daughter, Chelsea, is pregnant. And if you are only going to watch one video clip today, this one is it.

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 opens Japan trip at famous sushi restaurant

TOKYO — President Barack Obama on Wednesday opened a four-country Asia tour aimed at reassuring allies in the region that the U.S. remains a committed economic, military and political partner that can serve as a counterweight to China's growing influence.

If lunch gets taxed, why not stock trades?

A Republican article of faith is that the rich must be allowed to earn, earn, earn with as little interference as possible, and by doing so we all somehow benefit — I guess by being hired to clean their pools. They insist that even if they are asked to do a little bit more, they’ll just huff off to some tax haven in St. Kitts. And we tend to buy that. 

Attorney Michael Shakman talks to reporters in March 2007 in Chicago after a federal judge approved a preliminary settlement between the city of Chicago and plaintiffs who alleged the city violated a court-ordered ban on hiring based on political clout. M. Spencer Green/AP file photo

Shakman lawsuit seeks investigation of hiring under Gov. Quinn

A Chicago attorney asked a federal judge on Tuesday to order an investigation into hiring under Gov. Pat Quinn, saying there's an "embedded culture of patronage practices" in Illinois government and anyone who improperly got a job should be fired. Michael Shakman — known for bringing the decades-old court case that led to bans on politically based hiring in Chicago and Cook County — filed his motion in U.S. District Court in Chicago as part of that ongoing lawsuit.

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.

Sen. Dick Durbin, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Gov. Pat Quinn, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and others talk to reporters the morning after the primary elections at Billy Goat's in Chicago on March 19, 2014. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

Quinn might be looking better to Rahm right about now

Maybe this will finally convince Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he’s better off with fellow Democrat Pat Quinn as governor. Emanuel’s loyalties in the governor’s race have been the subject of much speculation given his contentious relationship with Quinn and personal friendship with Republican Bruce Rauner, who helped the mayor get rich during his brief stint in private business.