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Ald. John Pope (10th, left) with Thomas J. Sadzak, who works for the alderman despite being on the city's "do-not-hire" list.

Ald. Pope rehired city worker who quit after harassment claim

President Barack Obama hugs Chris Harris, vice president of United Steel Workers Local 2-209, after being introduced at Laborfest 2014 at Henry Maier Festival Park on Monday in Milwaukee. Obama renewed his call for an increase in the minimum wage. | Morry Gash/AP

Obama renews call for Congress to OK minimum wage increase

"By almost every measure the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office," President Barack Obama said Monday in Milwaukee, where he listed a string of improving economic indicators even while acknowledging that not all people are benefiting. 

Parents, let go of that leash

There’s a lot of chatter about policies banning cellphones and other electronics at many away camps. It’s not the kids who are bothered by the cellphone rule; they’re too busy having fun, making new friends. It’s the parents. They just can’t let go.

Why the U.S. faces a doctor shortage

BY FIVE LEADING ILLINOIS DOCTORS: The U.S. population has surged by 40 million people, but there has been no growth in the publically funded resident training pipeline. Thus, the ratio of doctors serving patients has shrunk significantly, often leading to long waits for medical care or even a lack of access to physicians in some communities.


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.

A robot named "Fighting Pi", built by Team 1718 of the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Macomb County, Mich, crosses the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge Monday. | John L. Russell/AP Photo

Robot joins Michigan governor for annual Labor Day trek

Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge and they were joined by one robot.

Oberweis, Durbin stumping on Labor Day

WASHINGTON — Labor Day marks the start of campaigns kicking up activity, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and his GOP challenger Jim Oberweis are on the stump today. 

GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

EXCLUSIVE POLL: Oberweis gaining on Durbin in U.S. Senate race

The race to defeat one of the most powerful Democrats in the nation is narrowing — with incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin just seven percentage points ahead of Republican challenger Jim Oberweis, according to a new Early & Often Poll. In a year that’s expected to tilt toward Republicans across the nation, Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, is leading Oberweis, who is making his third run for the Senate, 47.8 percent to 40.5 percent, the survey commissioned by the Sun-Times’ political portal shows. 

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.

Patrick Daley Thompson — nephew of Richard M. and grandson of Richard J. — revealed last week that he will run for 11th Ward alderman. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

11th Ward's no shoo-in for a Daley anymore

Does a contentious Chicago City Council really want another Big Foot in City Hall? Is the 11th still your grandfather’s ward? Can progressives spoil the decades-long Daley party?