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President Barack Obama announces Penny Pritzker as his nominee for secretary of commerce on May 2, 2013, in Washington, D.C. | Getty Images

Big profit for Pritzkers on costly Chicago FBI deal

Cartoonist Jack Higgins on Daley development deal

Three years after leaving City Hall, former Mayor Richard M. Daley has gone after a government contract in Chicago, apparently for the first time, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. 

Here's editorial cartoonist Jack Higgins' take on it:

Crowds lined 26th Street for the annual Mexican Independence Day parade, which drew a slew of politicians. | Richard A. Chapman/Sun-Times

Mexican Independence Day parade draws plenty of politicians

Gov. Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel did not grimace after downing shots of tequila that were handed to them Sunday afternoon by the hosts of the Mexican Independence Day parade in Little Village.

Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's education plan, unveiled last week, suggests tying "student academic growth to teachers' compensation." | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Rauner's schools plan raises eyebrows

Ideas introduced last week as part of Bruce Rauner's 26-page education blueprint, did not offer many details — but they raised some flags among reform campaigners and educators, who question whether the state needs to be immediately tinkering after the passage of other significant reforms in recent years and while education budgets remain tight.


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.

Provided photo shows a dead reat at a Southwest Side elementary school said to be having problems with rodents and roaches since janitorial services were privatized.

Chicago Public Schools contractor to lay off 476 custodians

The move to lay off nearly 500 privately contracted custodial workers who clean Chicago Public Schools will make it harder to keep classrooms tidy, the union representing the custodians said Sunday. “Scheduling and other changes that are causing the problems we are seeing now will only be exacerbated,” SEIU Local 1 spokeswoman Julia Valentine said in an email to the Chicago Sun-Times. 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin work the grill during Harkin's annual fundraising Steak Fry on Sunday in Indianola, Iowa. | Charlie Neibergall/AP

Hillary Clinton in Iowa stirs 2016 speculation

INDIANOLA, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton, making her return to Iowa for the first time since the 2008 presidential campaign, implored Democrats on Sunday to choose shared economic opportunity over "the guardians of gridlock" in an high-profile appearance that drove speculation about another White House bid into overdrive.

Ann Callis | AP file photo

Illinois congressional candidate's residency under scrutiny

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois congressional candidate Ann Callis' previous out-of-state residence has come under scrutiny, with a published report Sunday saying she signed mortgage documents while a judge in Illinois that listed her home as in Missouri.

First lady Michelle Obama (left) is greeted by Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michelle Nunn after being introduced at a voter registration rally on Sept. 8 in Atlanta. | David Goldman/AP

Michelle Obama for Senate? Talk about fun

Imagine the brouhaha if Obama even waved her manicured toe over Illinois’ political waters. If come 2016, the GOP discovers that the Obamas are not going away quietly?

Pension crisis spills over into suburbs

Unless you’ve been living in the Deep Tunnel, you’ve probably heard the State of Illinois is facing a daunting public employee pension crisis, and Chicago — mainly its schools and municipal government — is tiptoeing around similar fiscal land mines that could blow up in the faces of retirees and taxpayers.

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.

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan | AP file photo

Illinois' Mike Madigan problem can’t be ignored

I do not believe Madigan is as evil as his critics contend. But when one person accumulates as much power and influence as he has over three decades, that is not a good thing.