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Brent Vincent Betterly (from left), Jared Chase and Brian Church | Chicago Police photos

Prosecutors seek 14-year prison terms for NATO 3

Mayor Rahm Emanuel | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Emanuel fires back at Rauner for anti-property tax robo-calls

The mayor doesn’t need Rauner — the mayor’s longtime friend and former business associate — making robo-calls to thousands of Chicago property owners urging them to pressure Gov. Pat Quinn to veto the bill that sets the stage for that increase by increasing employee contributions by 29 percent and reducing employee benefits.

A worker adjusting hoses during a hydraulic fracturing operation last month at an Encana Corp. gas well, near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Fracking in Illinois said to be at 'grinding halt'

Last year, Illinois patted itself on the back for enacting legislation to govern hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, that has what Gov. Pat Quinn called the best environmental protections in the nation. Now, some of those involved in the negotiations are fretting that the deal could become the legislative equivalent of a dry well.

Women wait for a bus after their grocery shopping in Los Angeles in 2012. (AP File Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Aldermen move to ban plastic bags

With self-congratulation but no debate, Chicago aldermen agreed Thursday to ban plastic bags but exempt restaurants and small independent retailers in a move that will require consumers to dramatically change their shopping habits.

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

GOP lawmaker: 'Men are more motivated' than women

A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire has finally figured out why women make less than men: They're not as motivated, they shy away from working nights and weekends, and the ladies definitely don't like to work outdoors.

Friends and relatives wrote dozens of letters to the judge in Carla Oglesby's money laundering case, praising her kindness and humility and seeking leniency. The judge on Wednesday sentenced her to 6 1/2 years in prison. | Sun-Times Media File Photo

In letter to judge, Ald. Austin praises convicted Stroger aide

Dozens of letters to a Cook County judge praised Carla Oglesby, a former aide to then-Cook County Board President Todd Stroger as humble, helpful and kind. Prosecutors see her differently. Oglesby was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison for money-laundering and theft.

President Barack Obama looks over students' work as he visits a classroom at Bladensburg High School in Bladensburg, Md., earlier this month. (AP File Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

CPS to build selective-enrollment high school named for Obama

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday unveiled plans to use $60 million in tax increment financing funds to build another selective-enrollment high school on the Near North Side. It will have room for 1,200 students and is to be named for President Barack Obama.

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.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner shakes hands at an Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly at the Chicago Hilton earlier this month. File Photo. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Rauner skips GOP event over pastor's comments

MOLINE — Governor candidate Bruce Rauner isn't attending a Republican dinner in Moline because he says he disagrees with past statements of a pastor asked to speak at the event.