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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks to members of the City Club of Chicago on Monday afternoon at Maggiano's. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Byrd-Bennett: CPS cleaning contractors will be held accountable

Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being “sluggish” in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. | AP Photo

Five things to know about U.S. response to Ebola crisis

Here's a look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:

Video of lawmaker's epic tirade resurfaces in House race

A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving and an oddly placed reference to Moses. And now, that video is getting some new life.

Obama guidance, press schedule, Sept. 16, 2014. ISIL, Ebola

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday gets a briefing on efforts to form an international coalition to fight ISIL then heads to Atlanta visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa" and "receive an update on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest," including Illinois.


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.

Liberian Red Cross health workers wearing protective suits arrive to carry a body of a victim of the Ebola virus on September 12. | Zoom Dosso/Getty Images

U.S. to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Sept. 10, vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist." On Monday, the finalists for the Obama library and museum were announced: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. | Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. The Chicago-based Barack Obama Foundation, in naming the final four, also released an 18-page bid document — called a “Request for Proposal” — that sheds light, for the first time, on the gigantic financial commitment the bidders must make — in perpetuity.

Gov. Pat Quinn says his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future." | AP

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Gov. Pat Quinn contended in a federal court filing late Monday that a court-appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans, as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney.

White House backs use of body cameras by police

WASHINGTON — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

Secretary of State John Kerry | AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski

Kerry: U.S. open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

PARIS — As more than two dozen nations pledged Monday to help Iraq fight the Islamic State militants, the United States said it was open to talking to Iran about a role in resolving the crisis, despite Washington's earlier opposition to Tehran even attending the conference.

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.

House GOP moves ahead on Syrian rebel training

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers raced Monday to authorize an expanded mission to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels before heading back to the campaign trail, with House Republicans preparing legislation backing a central plank of President Barack Obama's strategy against the Islamic State group.