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U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. (pictured in 2013), told the White House a few days ago that she would vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels. On Wednesday, she voted no. “Bottom line, I don’t trust these rebels,” Duckworth said. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to fund Syrian rebels

President Barack Obama, right, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as he walks off Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare during a visit to Chicago in May. | AP file

CPS dropping Obama's name from planned North Side school: report

The new selective-enrollment high school to be built on the North Side using $60 million in tax-increment financing money will not be named after President Barack Obama, according to a published report.

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More than 1.3 million in Chicago metro area live in poverty

About 14 percent of people in the Chicago metropolitan area, or more than 1.3 million people, lived below the poverty line in 2013, the Census Bureau reported Thursday. For children, the rate is significantly higher, with one in five living in poverty.

 

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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new ordinance, which is expected to be introduced to the City Council next month, would ensure that huge new signs will not spoil Chicago’s downtown Riverwalk area. “Look. My sign is wonderful,” Donald Trump said. “It’s iconic. It’s Chicago’s Hollywood sign. We did a poll and 64 percent of the people love it. Everybody stops to snap pictures of it.” | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Trump has no beef with Rahm, glad his sign will be one-of-a-kind

“The mayor’s new sign ordinance will ensure nobody else will have a sign like mine,” Donald Trump said. “Isn’t that what everybody would want?”

People protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson last month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Ferguson controversy prompts protests in Chicago shootings

There is no doubt in Tamara Ball’s mind her son was murdered during a confrontation with Chicago police officers in July. Ball, the biological mother of 16-year-old Warren Robinson, claims witnesses saw him with his hands in the air before he was fatally shot. But Police said the teen crawled from under a car and pointed a .387 caliber semiautomatic pistol at two police officers.

Jay Carney reflects on that time he was asked about bestiality

Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary and newly-appointed CNN contributor opened up about his previous job in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. And while he often was grilled by the media, he has no problem identifying the worst question he received.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday. | Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images

If only Obama had Bush’s real grit

For years the conventional wisdom held that President Barack Obama has continued the national security policies of George W. Bush: drone strikes, secret surveillance measures and indefinite detention of terrorists. Now, say some commentators, Obama’s war rhetoric is even sounding like Bush’s. There was little doubt that when Bush spoke he meant it.

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.

In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting

State Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman, lawyers for a South Side man allege. And C. Gregory Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. Turner is due to stand trial later this month for illegally lobbying on behalf of Zimbabwean president and international pariah Robert Mugabe.