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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

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.

 

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.

Tom Ryan, president of the Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

CPS hiring preference not the only thing irking firefighters

A controversial hiring preference for Chicago Public School graduates is not the only thing that has angered union leaders about the December firefighters entrance exam that will be the city’s first in nearly a decade.

A packed room listens to Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, as she talks with journalist Walter Jacobson Tuesday night at the Beverly Woods Banquet Hall. File Photo. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Teachers could help Karen Lewis teach Rahm Emanuel a lesson

A Karen Lewis candidacy has something going for it that could help make up for an expected multi-million fund-raising deficit. In the teachers union and its 30,000 members, Lewis would begin a mayoral campaign with a built-in field organization of energized activists capable of reaching across racial lines into every corner of the city, where they already live and work. Before it’s all over, however, Lewis’ teachers union support could prove a two-edged sword in a campaign against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

 

GOP rep vows visit to state agency to find missing NRI emails

SPRINGFIELD-A key House Republican involved in the legislative probe of Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 Neighborhood Recovery Initiative announced plans Wednesday to personally visit a state agency to mine additional staff emails involving the program that the lawmaker believes have been withheld improperly by the administration.

Then-state Sen. Kirk Dillard leaves the Senate chambers at the state Capitol in Springfield in May. Dillard resigned earlier this month and was named chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority. He presided over his first RTA meeting on Wednesday. | Seth Perlman/AP

Tax revenue surge fuels increase in transit agency budgets

A boost in the six-county sales tax receipts is more than compensating for the operating hit January’s bitter cold caused the region’s transit agencies and should fuel fatter 2015 transit budgets, officials said Wednesday. Regional Transportation Authority officials said they expected regional sales tax revenues to grow 4 percent next year as they proposed doling out a 5.2 percent increase in 2015 operating funds to the CTA, Metra and Pace.

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.

Fullerton Avenue Beach in the summer of 1959. Sun-Times File Photo.

How air conditioning remade America

Because of air conditioning, Americans are more likely to eat, watch and do the same stuff across the country.