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Bruce Rauner is chairman of The Committee for Legislative Reform and Term Limits, which gathered 600,000 signatures for the proposed ballot measure. | Seth Perlman/AP

Rauner vows to take term-limits case to state Supreme Court

This undated image shows a frame from a video released by Islamic State militants on Tuesday, that shows the killing of journalist James Foley by the militant group. Foley, from Rochester, N.H., went missing in 2012 in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. | AP Photo

Mission to rescue hostages in Syria failed

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

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.

 

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.

Spencer Geiger, left, of Virginia Beach, and Carl Johanson, of Norfolk, hold signs as they demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va. in February. | AP

Supreme Court blocks same-sex unions in Virginia

The court on Wednesday granted a request from a county clerk in northern Virginia to block same-sex marriages across the state while the issue is being appealed to the Supreme Court. The court provided no explanation for its order.

James Foley in May 2011.

James Foley embedded with National Guard, wrote for Post-Tribune

Journalist James Foley went to the Middle East in 2008 when he embedded with the Indiana National Guard 76th Infantry unit as it prepared to head to Iraq, and sent back several dispatches as a correspondent for the Post-Tribune, a sister publication of the Chicago Sun-Times.

More troops to Iraq? Officials are weighing possibility

WASHINGTON — American fighter jets and drones continued to pound Islamic State militants in Iraq Wednesday, and military planners weighed the possibility of sending a small number of additional U.S. troops to Baghdad, U.S. officials said, even as the insurgents threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued attacks.

Attorney General Eric Holder shakes hands with Bri Ehsan, 25, right, following his meeting with students at St. Louis Community College Florissant Valley near Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Holder: 'Change is coming' after Ferguson police shooting

CLAYTON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students Wednesday in suburban St. Louis, a few miles from where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer, and a small group of protesters gathered outside a building where a grand jury was expected to begin hearing evidence to determine whether the officer should be charged.

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.