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Former Mayor Rich Daley gets ready to take his seat at the White Sox home opener at U.S. Cellular Field in March | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Court hearing on Daley's medical issues to be private

Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett listens to opening remarks at a Chicago Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. | Sun-Times File Photo

LIVE BLOG: CPS votes on budget

The Chicago Board of Education is voting today on its budget. Get live updates from Lauren FitzPatrick and other reporters at the board meeting.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents take undocumented immigrants into custody on Monday near Falfurrias, Texas. | Getty Images

House GOP: Use National Guard, not $3.7 billion in border crisis

WASHINGTON — House Republicans want to slash President Barack Obama's emergency spending request for the border, speed young migrants back home to Central America, and send in the National Guard.

Battle over Iraq policy heats up Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — Senior U.S. officials and lawmakers butted heads Wednesday over the American response to Iraq's expanding Sunni insurgency, with Republicans saying drone strikes should have been authorized months ago and even Democrats questioning the Obama administration's commitment to holding the fractured country together.


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.

Joseph Gutman, managing partner of Grosvenor Capital, donated $25,000 to a political action committee supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election. So did his wife, Sheila (right). Those were among six contributions from a handful of donors who helped the "Chicago Forward" PAC bring in $350,000 in just one day. | Sun-Times Media

Emanuel Super PAC rakes in $350,000 more in one day

A Super-PAC supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election raised $350,000 in one day this month from six contributors.

New federal safety rules proposed to curb oil train fires

WASHINGTON — Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.

"The problem is not the Republican Party per se," President Barack Obama said. "The problem is this particular group that has gone kind off the rails." | Getty Images

Obama: GOP has 'gone off the rails'

SAN FRANCISCO — As hopes dim for bipartisan action in Congress this summer, President Barack Obama is calling on Republican lawmakers to cooperate while complaining that they have "gone off the rails" and urging Democrats to get over their complacency and vote them out of office.

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.