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Republican gubernatorial nominee Bruce Rauner (center) with Sean Morrison (right), Palos Township Republican leader and owner of Morrison Security, and Cook County Commissioner Elizabeth “Liz” Doody Gorman (left) at an event in March. Morrison Security's private investigators were armed with guns while working for the Republican effort to remove the Libertarians from the November ballot.

Pistol-packing petition challenger prompts review by AG

A former Cook County prosecutor urges drug legalization

It is time to call a halt to the War on Drugs. As LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) has concluded, the war has become a danger to public health and public safety, destroying lives and wasting billions on law enforcement.

Obama foreign policy is dangerously aimless

President Barack Obama’s statement that “we don’t have a strategy yet” against the Islamist army rampaging across Syria will hearten Americans opposed to escalating the U.S. role in the Middle East chaos. But it’s hard to see how the fanatics of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria won’t interpret it as Obama backing away from another American “red line.”

 

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.

State agency issues long-awaited 'fracking' rules

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released a long-awaited set of proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

Chelsea Clinton no longer is an NBC News correspondent. | AP file

Chelsea Clinton quits $600,000 NBC News job

Chelsea Clinton said Friday she is quitting her job as a reporter at NBC News, citing increased work at the Clinton Foundation and imminent birth of her first child.

Analysis: What if Illinois raised the minimum wage?

The advisory referendum that Illinois Democrats have placed on the November ballot to raise the state minimum wage to $10 per hour is non-binding. Republicans have called the measure “meaningless.” However, if the state legislature were to actually take up—and pass—a bill raising wages to $10 per hour, it would springboard Illinois to the top of state minimum wages.

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.

Off Message: Debating Debates

Natasha Korecki is joined by Pat Brady, Neil Steinberg and Kate Grossman to discuss the politics of debates and how the upcoming elections may or may not be affected by them.