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Voters cast their ballots for Illinois' primary at an early voting polling location in Chicago in 2010. (AP File Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Testifying at City Council budget hearings for the final time, departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said she’s putting pressure on airlines to phase out older, noisier aircraft and hoping an air traffic modernization program will provide some respite for Chicago homeowners. | Sun-Times File Photo

Andolino signs off with no promises of relief from O'Hare noise

Northwest Side aldermen on Friday went through the motions of demanding relief from O’Hare Airport jet noise, but got nowhere with departing Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

Off Message: Election Preview

Natasha Korecki, Lynn Sweet, Madeleine Doubek and Mary Mitchell preview the upcoming election from the race for a U.S. senate seat to the referendums that will show up on the ballot.

 
GOP senators' message to President Barack Obama on immigration legislation? Hold the phone. | Getty Images

GOP senators urge Obama wait on immigration legislation

WASHINGTON — The three Republican senators responsible for comprehensive immigration legislation, which remains stalled in Congress, on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to hold off on any steps to shield millions of people from deportation.

First lady Michelle Obama speaks during a campaign event for Illinois Governor Pat Quinn at the University of Illinois Chicago earlier this month. (File Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

How first lady, Rauner factor into their parties' House races

First lady Michelle Obama headlines a rally for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Saturday — the last of a series of White House assists — as Republicans tell me the coattails of GOP governor hopeful Bruce Rauner will help two critical Downstate congressional races.

Your guide to voting for Cook County judges

Cook County voters on Tuesday will be asked to elect dozens of judges, many of whom have had little publicity during this election season. To assist voters, numerous local bar associations have provided ratings for each judicial candidate. The chart below lists these ratings from the following associations:

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.

Exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington in 2013. File Photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

IRS’ blithe seizure of assets should terrify us

 The IRS, looking for tax cheats, has a rule where banks must flag cash deposits over $10,000. So in an attempt to avoid this scrutiny, drug dealers and other criminal types keep their deposits under $10,000. But legal small-business owners also make regular small cash deposits. You’d think the IRS would differentiate between running a drug ring and running a bakery. But they didn’t.