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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) jokes about getting only one page of paper for notes before his debate with his challenger, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, during Wednesday night's debate. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

At Durbin debate, Oberweis flips, says he now backs gay marriage

Secret Service respond on the North Lawn of the White House after a man jumped the White House fence on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

White House fence jumper charged with assaulting police dogs

WASHINGTON — The 23-year-old Maryland man who climbed over the White House fence Wednesday night has been charged with felonies for assaulting two police dogs and making threats, the Secret Service said Thursday.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has publicly declared his continued support for the state constitution's ban on gay marriage. | AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File

3 states refuse to allow same-sex marriage, despite court rulings

WASHINGTON — The writing is on the wall for gay marriage bans in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina after federal appeals courts that oversee those states have made clear that keeping gay and lesbian couples from marrying is unconstitutional.

Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are all tied up. | AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

New poll again shows Quinn, Rauner in dead heat

With less than two weeks until voters cast their ballots in the Illinois governor's race, a new poll again shows it's a dead heat between Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner.

Jackie Robinson West players ride on top of a double decker bus during its parade to Millennium Park on Aug. 27, 2014. | Jessica Koscielniak / Chicago Sun-Times

Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House

Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious piece of advice for the Dukes of the Dugout.

Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney is on the job in the Chicago Sun-Times newsroom on election night in 2008, just minutes before the announcement that Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States. | Sun-Times file photo

Bureau chief quits, says paper 'no longer has backs of reporters'

Dave McKinney, a longtime political reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, resigned “with great sadness” Wednesday after he alleged the newspaper interfered with his coverage of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and questioned whether it was because of Rauner campaign pressure.

Rauner’s big plans for Illinois? None of your business

At Monday night’s Illinois governor debate, Republican Bruce Rauner completed an amazing personal transformation — of a kind only seen in religion and politics — when he vowed he “will” raise the state’s minimum wage if elected. 

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.

Inspector General Joseph Ferguson talks to Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) after testifying Wednesday. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times

Ferguson says "maturation" helped end his cold war with Emanuel

Inspector General Joe Ferguson acknowledged Wednesday that “a little maturation on my part” and a “more measured approach” toward how he speaks set the stage for his political détente with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.