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Jon Loevy and his partners have pledged to give away at least half of their earnings from a proposed marijuana farm to educational initiatives throughout the state. | File photo

Would-be marijuana farmers pledge half of earnings to education

A visit to the Last House on the Block

The St. Martin de Porres House of Hope is a converted four-story Catholic grammar school in Woodlawn that operates as a homeless shelter for women and children.  Years ago, a resident who became one of the shelter’s first success stories gave it its other name because, for her, it really was The Last House On The Block.  It was, she feared, the last stop in a downward journey. Instead, it was her first step in an upward direction.

City Council to meet next week to vote on minimum wage

The Chicago City Council will be called to a special meeting next week to pass a minimum wage ordinance before state lawmakers can do anything that would tie the city's hands, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office said Friday.

A Democrat admits his party really blew it

It’s taken four years, but a top Senate Democrat finally admits passage of Obamacare was a mistake. Sen. Charles Schumer’s admission has Republicans chortling. They might also pay attention to the rest of his speech, which lays the groundwork for what sounds like a Democrat Contract with America.

 
Republican Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner speaks with reporters at the state Capitol in Springfield on Nov. 20, 2014. After meeting with Rauner's budget transition team, the head of the Illinois Board of Higher Education issued a budget warning to the presidents of the state's public universities, suggesting schools need to prepare for state funding cuts over the next 18 months. | Seth Perlman/AP

Educators up in arms over Rauner's question on budget cuts

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, whose election rhetoric pledged to enhance education statewide, has educators up in arms after news broke this week that he asked the Illinois Board of Higher Education to tell public universities to be ready to present a plan to trim 20 percent from their next budgets to offset revenue that would be lost if the temporary state income tax increase is lowered Jan. 1.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez greets Gov. Pat Quinn at a news conference in June. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media

Gutierrez: Obama's immigration delay cost Pat Quinn votes

President Barack Obama’s decision to delay an executive order on immigration until after the November election “ended up hurting” Gov. Pat Quinn’s re-election efforts, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez told Early & Often. Gutierrez made the comments the same week that Obama traveled to Chicago to celebrate that order, which shields some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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.