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In federal court on Wednesday, lawyers for C. Gregory Turner alleged that state Sen. Donne Trotter (pictured in 2012) took $2,000 in cash from a convicted felon who got the money from an undercover FBI agent posing as an Indian businessman. Turner’s attorneys hinted that other Chicago politicians also were approached as part of a federal sting in 2009. | John Smierciak/AP

Lawyers allege state Sen. Donne Trotter took $2,000 in FBI sting

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. (pictured in 2013), told the White House a few days ago that she would vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels. On Wednesday, she voted no. “Bottom line, I don’t trust these rebels,” Duckworth said. | Jeff Cagle/For Sun-Times Media

Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to fund Syrian rebels

WASHINGTON — The House vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State group — also known as ISIS or ISIL — was an agonizing decision for many war-weary Illinois Democrats, some undecided until just before the Wednesday roll call. “I changed by mind. I voted against it,” Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., told me as he was leaving the House chamber. 

People protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson last month. File Photo. | Alex Wroblewski / Sun-Times

Ferguson controversy prompts protests in Chicago shootings

There is no doubt in Tamara Ball’s mind her son was murdered during a confrontation with Chicago police officers in July. Ball, the biological mother of 16-year-old Warren Robinson, claims witnesses saw him with his hands in the air before he was fatally shot. But Police said the teen crawled from under a car and pointed a .387 caliber semiautomatic pistol at two police officers.

Jay Carney reflects on that time he was asked about bestiality

Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary and newly-appointed CNN contributor opened up about his previous job in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. And while he often was grilled by the media, he has no problem identifying the worst question he received.

 

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.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday. | Photo by Dennis Brack-Pool/Getty Images

If only Obama had Bush’s real grit

For years the conventional wisdom held that President Barack Obama has continued the national security policies of George W. Bush: drone strikes, secret surveillance measures and indefinite detention of terrorists. Now, say some commentators, Obama’s war rhetoric is even sounding like Bush’s. There was little doubt that when Bush spoke he meant it.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry testifies during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee September 17, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "United States Strategy to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." | Alex Wong / Getty Images

House grudgingly approves arms for Syrian rebels

The Republican-controlled House has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

Now that Karen Lewis may be making a run for mayor, she's quickly mastered Twitter.

Hey Karen Lewis, I can still read your Tweets

This might come as a shock to Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis. But I can read her Tweets. I say this because for some reason months ago, Lewis blocked me as a follower after I tried sending her a direct message to follow up on a story.

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.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the kickoff of the Nuns on the Bus tour Wednesday at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. | AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall

Biden leaves door open to ground troops in Iraq

DES MOINES, Iowa — Vice President Joe Biden is apparently leaving the door open to U.S. ground troops helping Iraqi security forces repel Islamic State militants.