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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (pictured in May 2012) | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-Mayor Daley’s law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold U.S. House

WASHINGTON — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. Still, the GOP committee faces a well-funded challenge from House Democrats, who amassed a $40 million fund.

The skyline, as seen Thursday, April 17, 2014, from "Inspiration Point," the spot at about East 86th and Lake Michigan, former home to U.S. Steel South Works, where McCaffery Interests would like the Obama presidential library to be built. | Sun-Times photo by Neil Steinberg

South Works developer vying for Obama library

It could almost be a lonely spot on the far Michigan shore, with the blue-gray lake and the brown grass, scattered copses, bare trees swaying in the steady breeze. The dunes maybe. But north, there’s the skyline of Chicago, looming like Oz, and west, a massive wall, 30 feet tall and 2,000 feet long, which held ore off-loaded from barges when this was U.S. Steel’s South Works. For developer Dan McCaffery, this is where Chicago’s newest neighborhood is about to spring into being, anchored by Barack Obama’s presidential library. 

Democrat Rep. Bill Foster | Sun-Times file photo

Foster overwhelms Senger in race for campaign cash in 11th

Tucked away in downtown Naperville, just a few blocks apart, are the campaign offices of Democrat Rep. Bill Foster and his Republican rival, state Rep. Darlene Senger. Senger’s folks work from rooms with a pleasant view of the DuPage River in a building facing a wrecking ball in a few months. Foster’s staff sits, for now, in a tiny, stuffy cell hidden behind a barber shop. As the Senger and Foster teams crank up for the November election from their outposts, Foster starts with a commanding lead in the money race to win. Senger has almost nothing in her war chest. 

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. | AP Photo

Ex-justice says politics can be factor in retiring

WASHINGTON — John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.

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.

Video gambling exclusion list prompts questions

SPRINGFIELD — A proposed "exclusion list" designed to keep criminals away from the video gambling industry is prompting questions from those who want more protections to help problem gamblers.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP Photo

Probe could complicate Rick Perry's prospects

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has said the U.S. is looking to reassure its European allies. | Susan Walsh/AP file

U.S. weighs military exercises in Eastern Europe

The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. The exercises would follow Russia’s buildup of forces near its border with Ukraine and its annexation last month of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

First lady Michelle Obama will appear on a May 7 episode of "Nashville." | Carolyn Kaster/AP file

Michelle Obama to appear on 'Nashville'

The office of first lady Michelle Obama says she’ll appear on the May 7 episode of the ABC country music drama “Nashville," in an episode titled “All Or Nothing With Me” set at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.