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Republican Bruce Rauner responds to a reporter's question after a debate against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Rauner firm’s head-scratching federal case vs. critics

Republican Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn

Vote for ... oh heck, whomever you please

A number of readers apparently feel I run the newspaper, or at least am an important and valued member of the top editorial team, plugged into all decisions as they are being made, sitting in the Inner Sanctum, wherever that may be, peering out beneath hooded robes, pressing our fingertips together to make cathedrals, exchanging opinions in hushed tones.

Poll: Most expect — and growing number want — GOP victory

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before Election Day, most of the nation's likely voters now expect the Republican Party to take control of the U.S. Senate, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. And by a growing margin, they say that's the outcome they'd like to see.

Vice President Joe Biden, right, laughs as he is introduced by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., at the DNC Women's Leadership conference in Washington on Sept. 19, 2014. | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Democratic chair: Control for Senate is 'neck and neck'

WASHINGTON — The head of the Democratic Party says the mid-term campaign for control of the Senate is "a neck and neck" situation.

Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent in 2015

WASHINGTON — Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday. It's the third year in a row the increase will be less than 2 percent.

Sen. Dick Durbin (left) and state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

Durbin, Oberweis to face off in Senate debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis are set to meet for the first debate of the U.S. Senate race.

Democratic candidate Charlie Crist, left, and Republican Gov. Rick Scott wait for their live televised debate Tuesday night. | AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Will Dickey, Pool

Poll: Scott and Crist locked in a dead heat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Republican-turned-Democrat former Gov. Charlie Crist is a dead heat with two weeks left.

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.

Rosalyn Pedraza, a career and college coach at Hancock College Preparatory High School, speaks during a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposal to convert Hancock into a selective enrollment school. She says the “unilateral decision” disregarded community input. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Sparse crowd at CPS HQ before vote on Hancock school conversion

Rosalyn Pedraza stood at a sparsely attended public meeting Tuesday at Chicago Public Schools headquarters fighting back tears and calling a proposal to convert Hancock College Preparatory High School into a selective enrollment school a “unilateral decision” that disregarded community input.