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Mayor Rahm Emanuel presides over a City Council meeting in 2013. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Emanuel super PAC makes first move to elect friendlier aldermen

Three unemployed men start a fire for cooking in a vacant lot in New York City on March 23, 1932. | AP file photo

Survey: Pessimism on economy greater than after Great Depression

WASHINGTON — Americans are more anxious about the economy now than they were right after the Great Recession ended despite stock market gains, falling unemployment and growth moving closer to full health.


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.

Republicans received some bad news, thanks to a new report commissioned by two major Republican groups, including one backed by Carl Rove. | AP file photo

GOP has a major problem with women, poll shows

The GOP is "stuck in the past," "lacking compassion" and "intolerant," based on a stinging report commissioned by two major Republican groups.

White House preps legal case for immigration steps

WASHINGTON — With impeachment threats and potential lawsuits looming, President Barack Obama knows whatever executive actions he takes on immigration will face intense opposition. So as a self-imposed, end-of-summer deadline to act approaches, Obama's lawyers are carefully crafting a legal rationale they believe will withstand scrutiny and survive any court challenges, administration officials say.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks to reporters after the Chicago Public Schools Annual Back to School Inter-Faith Breakfast at the New Life Community Church, 5101 S. Keeler, on Tuesday. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Plan to turn 311 into two-way street could help Rahm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is forging ahead with his plan to turn a 311 non-emergency number that fields 3.4 million calls-a-year into more of a two-way street in a way that could benefit him politically. One year after issuing a request-for-proposals to develop  “constituent relationship management modernization software” for a 311 system virtually unchanged since its launch 15 years ago, City Hall has narrowed the competition to two and will begin contract negotiations with both bidders.

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.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett at the Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Chicago Board of Education changes how it ranks schools

Chicago’s Board of Education unanimously changed how it ranks its schools Wednesday, introducing minimums that will benefit the highest-performing schools and potentially lessen the number of schools at the bottom.