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A receipt for nominating petitions is filled out for a candidate for an Elgin office in 2012. | Michael Smart/Sun-Times Media

Under the gun in petition challenges

Rahm Emanuel isn't pleased with NRA attack ad

The National Rifle Association is launching a multimillion-dollar ad campaign against Michael Bloomberg, even though Bloomberg isn't running for office.

James Foley | AP Photo

Foley's death isn't changing views in Congress

WASHINGTON — For all its horror, the beheading of an American journalist in Syria appears unlikely to change lawmakers' minds about military intervention against Islamic State extremists. It's equally unclear whether the Obama administration will be asking them to back a new U.S. approach.

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley near Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Holder offers reassurance to people of Ferguson

ST. LOUIS — To reassure the people of Ferguson, Attorney General Eric Holder reached into his own past, recalling the times he had been stopped by police officers who seemed to target him because of his race.

 

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.

Surrounded by friends and family members, Bob Dold, Republican candidate for U.S. representative from the 10th District, makes his concession speech in Lincolnshire on Nov. 6, 2012. Dold is running to take back his seat in Congress from U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., who narrowly defeated him in 2012. | Tom Cruze/Sun-Times

Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District

WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS, a spinoff of a group founded by Karl Rove — the conservative strategist Democrats despise — is running an ad ripping Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., for opposing the repeal of Obamacare, a message potentially hindering the comeback bid of former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill. I hear the Dold team — seeking to portray Dold as an independent-minded moderate Republican — was not pleased with the Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies ad.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (L) talks with Capt. Ron Johnson, right, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol at Drake's Place Restaurant Wednesday in Ferguson, Mo. (Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais-Pool/Getty Images)

Ferguson unrest shows grim past can be repeated

If we do not learn from our mistakes, history repeats itself. Most of us have experienced this universal law in our personal lives. So why is it so hard for us to accept that principal when it comes to America’s racist past?

(AP File Photo/Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Undermining kindergarten, one test at a time

It used to be that kindergarteners were considered too young for school-wide testing, but times have changed, and from September until June they participate in five sets of standardized tests. This is far too many tests, stressing out students, depriving them of precious time to grow and explore and consuming massive amounts of teacher time that could be better spent educating.

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.