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Republican nominee for governor Bruce Rauner at a news conference in July. (AP File Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Rauner self-financing total hits nearly $10 million

During her off hours, Chicago Police Officer Jennifer Maddox operates her own summer day for children in Parkway Gardens, a low-income housing development in Woodlawn. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times Media

Cop's free day camp keeps kids off streets—and on path to success

In Parkway Gardens, a sprawling low-income housing development in Woodlawn, everybody from the itty-bitties to the gang leaders knows Officer Maddox. She’s the Chicago police officer who in her off hours runs a free summer day camp for the children there, funded in part from her own pocket. One of Maddox’s fellow police officers thought the rest of Chicago should know about her, too, and I agree.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy at a news conference last month. | AP photo

Perception and reality of crime clash at City Council hearing

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday there’s a “lag time” between the perception and reality of crime that, in New York City, took five years to eliminate.

An Army carry team, carries the transfer case containing the remains of Army Staff Sgt. Benjamin G. Prange of Hickman, NE. upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base, Del. on Saturday, July 26, 2014. The Department of Defense announced the death of Prange who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. | AP

Public ready to close book on 2 wars: poll

Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the two countries.

Chicago Police Supt. wants to tweak a city ordinance that was intended to give officers more discretion to issue tickets instead of making arrests for small amounts of marijuana. | Gerry Images

McCarthy proposes plan to boost number of pot tickets

Changes could be on the way for a failed city ordinance that was intended to decriminalize possession of smaller amounts of marijuana. Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he will recommend changes to help meet the original goal of the ordinance, which was to write more tickets and make fewer arrests — because so far, it hasn't worked out that way.


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.

Ashley Bivins takes a selfie with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he visited with some young adults from the One Summer Chicago program, at the 63rd Street beach. Friday, August 1, 2014 | Brian Jackson / Sun-Times photos

Photos: Rahm joins One Chicago Summer for lakefront cleanup

PHOTOS: Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Leslie Harrison dropped in on the One Summer Chicago workers cleaning up the 63rd Street beach on Friday morning to chat, supply energy bars and, of course, take selfies.

Republican Bruce Rauner, pictured here last month in Chicago, is under fire from Gov. Pat Quinn and his allies for telling a political audience on the South Side he would invest $1 million of his own funds in a South Side credit union. | (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Quinn camp hits Rauner for 'buying votes' on the South Side

SPRINGFIELD-Republican Bruce Rauner's offering to an audience of African-American activists that he would invest $1 million of his own funds in a South Side credit union drew charges Friday from Gov. Pat Quinn's campaign and his allies that the move amounted to a crass attempt to "purchase votes."

This rendering of the proposed presidential library is included in the bid to the Barack Obama Foundation from McCaffery Interests. Developer Dan McCaffery wants the library to be a focal point of his 589-acre Chicago Lakeside project, site of the former U.S. Steel South Works. | Rendering by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Obama Presidential Library roundup: A look at 7 major bidders

The Obama Presidential Library and Museum is a future gem supporters say will drive economic growth and help communities in need. The question is where will the 14th federal presidential library be located? 

Job statistics for July showed 209,000 jobs were added in the United States, but the unemployment rate also increased slightly, to 6.2 percent from 6.1 percent. | AP Photo

Hiring remains strong in July, but unemployment rate up slightly

 U.S. employers extended this year's hiring surge into July by adding a solid 209,000 jobs. It was the sixth straight month of job growth above 200,000, evidence that businesses are shedding the caution that had marked the 5-year-old economic recovery.

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.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a city forum last month. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

City budget puts off day of reckoning until after election

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ruled out a pre-election increase in property or sales taxes, but he’ll have to find another way to close a $297.3 million budget gap that assumes the Illinois General Assembly will lift the pension hammer hanging over Chicago.