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
Tens of thousands of people have taken part in the Labor Day walk across the Mackinac Bridge and they were joined by one robot.
Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week’s airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.
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.
WASHINGTON--President Barck Obama on Monday travels to Milwaukee, where he will deliver remarks at a Labor Day celebration at the Henry Maier Festival Park.
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.
GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis at a news conference in June. File Photo. | Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media
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.
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
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?
Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis (left) visits Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, at his church office on Sunday. | Matt McKinney/Sun-Times Media
Bishop Larry Trotter, the senior pastor of Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago, said Sunday he’s backing Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis for U.S. Senate, changing allegiance from longtime incumbent U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Trotter leads the 8,000-member South Shore church, a frequent stop for political candidates campaigning in Chicago’s African-American community.
There were 100 teenage girls crowded against a wall, facing a dozen Chicago and airport police. Waiting for a band. Five Seconds of Summer. One of the many vexing aspects of growing old is that band names mean nothing. Gibberish. I tried to go online and find out more, but O’Hare, unlike every coffee shop, charges $6.95 for Wi-Fi, except for a few travel sites. Which drives home just how unusual that $2 parking bargain truly is.
Emerald Society pipers march before the funeral of slain Chicago Police Officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada at Holy Name Cathedral on Dec. 28, 2013. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media
The forgotten mayor: The bagpipes are on board. Though a date has yet to be set to officially rename the Old Water Tower Park after the city’s only woman mayor — Jane Byrne — she says she will be there, and the Emerald Society of Illinois is prepared to pipe the music.
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.
When the U.S. Supreme Court weakened labor protections for 26,000 home care providers in Illinois, most analysts saw it as a dire portent for unions representing low-wage workers. But home care workers in Illinois are determined to push back against this denial of their basic human, civil and labor rights.
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