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Gene Lee, Richard M. Daley's former deputy chief of staff won't serve any time behind bars. | Al Podgorski/Chicago Sun-Times

Ex-Daley deputy chief of staff gets probation for charity theft

Karen Lewis on CTU and mayoral run: 'Yes, I can do both jobs'

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said on Thursday she doesn't see a problem with staying put in her high-profile position with labor should she decide to run for mayor.

"Yes, I can do both jobs," Lewis told E&O. "People act like I'm the only one in this office and that I do all these different things. We have a bargaining team of 75 people."

Let Common Core flourish in Illinois

Educators throughout Illinois have spent the past four years preparing for the new Common Core learning standards by developing curricula, adopting new textbooks and prepping themselves to teach challenging material. Yet just as Illinois is about to reap the rewards of this long planting season, some want to backpedal. This effort is led by the Chicago Teachers Union, which reversed its earlier support for these new standards.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks on Capitol Hill during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the U.S. strategy to defeat the Islamic State group. On Thursday, he gave an impassioned speech to the Senate chamber. | AP

Rand Paul blasts 'illegal' and 'unconstitutional' Syria plan

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, took to the Senate floor Thursday, blasting the congressional plan to arm and train Syrian rebels as "illegal" and "unconstitutional."

Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd) says Cook County Democratic Party chairman Joe Berrios had no right to put the party’s resources at the disposal of the mayor. | Sun-Times file photo

Munoz: Democratic Party effort to help Rahm premature

Not all Democratic committeemen in Chicago are happy that the Cook County Democratic Party is helping Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election effort. “The Cook County Democratic Party’s Chicago contingent has not voted to endorse anybody yet, and the party cannot circulate until there is an official endorsement,” says Ald. Ricardo Munoz (22nd).


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.

Illinois jobless rate continues 6-month decline

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois unemployment fell in August to 6.7 percent, the sixth straight monthly decrease in the state's jobless rate, according to figures released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner, a Democrat, is endorsing state Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, in his bid for state treasurer. Weisner calls Cross, who is running against state Sen. Michael Frerichs, D-Champaign, a "down-to-earth individual." Frerichs' camp, meanwhile, questioned whether the endorsement had to do with Cross' law firm representing the city of Aurora. | AP Photo/M. Spencer Green

Aurora mayor, a Democrat, endorses Cross' GOP bid for treasurer

SPRINGFIELD — The former top House Republican, state Rep. Tom Cross, has picked up a key Fox Valley endorsement from the other side of the partisan divide in his bid for state treasurer.

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.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress in Washington on Thursday. | AP Photo/Molly Riley

Hillary Clinton: Turn female economic issues into movement

WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that voters need to turn pay inequity and women's economic security into a political movement in the November elections and beyond, pointing to an issue that could animate a future presidential campaign.