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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley (pictured in May 2012) | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Ex-Mayor Daley’s law firm losing grip on City Hall under Emanuel

First lady Michelle Obama greets Bob and Elizabeth Dole in 2011. | Getty Images

Bob Dole: If I die before 2016, I'll vote absentee

Bob Dole has already made it clear that he's not running for president in 2016, but the 90-year-old said he's already made plans for how he'll vote — sort of.

Richard J. Elrod, left, celebrates his birthday in 1970 with wife, Marilyn, and Mayor Richard J. Daley | Sun-Times Library

Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod dies at 80

Former Cook County Sheriff Richard J. Elrod served four consecutive terms in office in the ’70s and ’80s, after suffering spinal damage while trying to detain a protester during the violent “Days of Rage” anti-war protests in 1969. 

Why police recover more guns in Chicago than any other city

It’s not news that Chicago has a gun problem. But that doesn’t make it any more palatable for Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a firm believer in systems management and improved gun laws as he works to reduce crime in the city.

An armed man in military fatigue guards a barricade outside the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on Monday. Vice President Joe Biden was to begin a two-day visit to Ukraine amid Russian "outrage" over a deadly weekend shootout in the rebel east that shattered a fragile Easter truce. | Getty Images

Biden heads to Ukraine as tensions rise

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. His visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions.

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold U.S. House

WASHINGTON — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. Still, the GOP committee faces a well-funded challenge from House Democrats, who amassed a $40 million fund.

The skyline, as seen Thursday, April 17, 2014, from "Inspiration Point," the spot at about East 86th and Lake Michigan, former home to U.S. Steel South Works, where McCaffery Interests would like the Obama presidential library to be built. | Sun-Times photo by Neil Steinberg

South Works developer vying for Obama library

It could almost be a lonely spot on the far Michigan shore, with the blue-gray lake and the brown grass, scattered copses, bare trees swaying in the steady breeze. The dunes maybe. But north, there’s the skyline of Chicago, looming like Oz, and west, a massive wall, 30 feet tall and 2,000 feet long, which held ore off-loaded from barges when this was U.S. Steel’s South Works. For developer Dan McCaffery, this is where Chicago’s newest neighborhood is about to spring into being, anchored by Barack Obama’s presidential library. 

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visited children suffering from schistosomiasis during their Feb. 15, 2007, trip to Nasarawa North, Nigeria. The Carters traveled to the community to bring national attention to the country's need to make disease prevention methods and treatments with the medicine praziquantel more accessible in its rural and impoverished communities. Photo courtesy of The Carter Center

Jimmy Carter talks gender equality

Human trafficking, unequal pay, sexual assault. We have “a long way to go” in solving these issues, according to former President Jimmy Carter, who hopes his new book, “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power,” will prompt societal change in the way we approach these problems.

Democrat Rep. Bill Foster | Sun-Times file photo

Foster overwhelms Senger in race for campaign cash in 11th

Tucked away in downtown Naperville, just a few blocks apart, are the campaign offices of Democrat Rep. Bill Foster and his Republican rival, state Rep. Darlene Senger. Senger’s folks work from rooms with a pleasant view of the DuPage River in a building facing a wrecking ball in a few months. Foster’s staff sits, for now, in a tiny, stuffy cell hidden behind a barber shop. As the Senger and Foster teams crank up for the November election from their outposts, Foster starts with a commanding lead in the money race to win. Senger has almost nothing in her war chest.