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Rep. Tammy Duckworth pregnant; girl due in December

President Barack Obama hugs Chris Harris, vice president of United Steel Workers Local 2-209, after being introduced at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park on Monday in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. | Morry Gash/AP

Obama renews call for Congress to OK minimum wage increase

"By almost every measure the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office," President Barack Obama said Monday in Milwaukee, where he listed a string of improving economic indicators even while acknowledging that not all people are benefiting. 

A robot named "Fighting Pi", built by Team 1718 of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Macomb County, Mich, crosses the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge Monday. | John L. Russell/AP Photo

Robot joins Michigan governor for annual Labor Day trek

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge and they were joined by one robot.

Oberweis, Durbin stumping on Labor Day

WASHINGTON — Labor Day marks the start of campaigns kicking up activity, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and his GOP challenger Jim Oberweis are on the stump today. 


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.

GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows. 

Patrick Daley Thompson — nephew of Richard M. and grandson of Richard J. — revealed last week that he will run for 11th Ward alderman. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

11th Ward's no shoo-in for a Daley anymore

Does a contentious Chicago City Council really want another Big Foot in City Hall? Is the 11th still your grandfather’s ward? Can progressives spoil the decades-long Daley party?

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis (left) visits Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, at his church office on Sunday. | Matt McKinney/Sun-Times Media

Bishop Larry Trotter backs Oberweis for U.S. Senate

Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, said Sunday he’s backing Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate, changing allegiance from longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Trotter leads the 8,000-member South Shore church, a frequent stop for political candidates campaigning in Chicago’s African-American community.

5 Seconds of Summer slips away, but O’Hare parking was cheap

There were 100 teenage girls crowded against a wall, facing a dozen Chicago and airport police. Waiting for a band. Five Seconds of Summer. One of the many vexing aspects of growing old is that band names mean nothing. Gibberish. I tried to go online and find out more, but O’Hare, unlike every coffee shop, charges $6.95 for Wi-Fi, except for a few travel sites. Which drives home just how unusual that $2 parking bargain truly is.

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.

Emerald Society pipers march before the funeral of slain Chicago Police Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada at Holy Name Cathedral on Dec. 28, 2013. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

How Mayor Byrne helped Emerald Society start pipe band

The forgotten mayor: The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the Emerald Society of Illinois is prepared to pipe the music.