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A woman interrupts President Barack Obama's comments at the Copernicus Center on the Northwest Side after Obama met with community leaders about the executive actions he is taking to fix the immigration system Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

President Obama on heckling: 'It's good to be back in Chicago'

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery. | AP file photo

Ginsburg has surgery for coronary blockage

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has had surgery to place a stent in her right coronary artery.

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., who will take over the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee in January, said stricter smog standards "will lower our nation's economic competitiveness and stifle job creation for decades." | AP Photo

Obama administration sets stricter smog standard

The Obama administration took steps Wednesday to cut levels of smog-forming pollution linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems, and setting up a fresh confrontation with Republicans and the energy industry.

Job seekers Stevens de la Pena, left, and Eduardo Perez fill out a job application at a job fair in Miami Lakes, Fla. | AP Photo

Applications for U.S. jobless aid jump to 313,000

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits jumped last week, pushing total applications above 300,000 for the first time in nearly three months.

 

Off Message: Chicago election preview

 

With the filing period for petitions over, Natasha Korecki is joined by Mick Dumke, Ben Joravsky and Dan Mihalopoulos to talk about the mayoral race and some key aldermanic contests in the upcoming citywide elections on Feb. 24th, 2015.

Visitors line up outside the Governor's Mansion in January 2003 to greet newly elected Gov. Rod Blagojevich. | Charles Arbogast/AP

Rauner getting a fixer-upper: governor’s mansion

Mansion expansion? Dave Bourland, the Lord of the Manor, is waiting. Curator and director of the 159-year-old governor’s mansion in Springfield, Bourland is eager to meet its next occupant — Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner, who plans to renovate the historic home with private funds.

Archbishop Blase Cupich speaks at a Catholic Extension function at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago on Tuesday. | Kevin Tanaka/For Sun-Times Media

Obama and Cupich meet for the first time, discuss immigration

Archbishop Blase Cupich described the meeting on the president’s home turf as “delightful,” though limited to the subject of immigration. Cupich — like much of the Catholic clergy — is outspoken in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. He said Obama’s executive order was just a “first step” to comprehensive immigration reform. Still, he said the action will “help people come out of the shadows.”

Neil Steinberg and Adina Aaron, who plays Bess in the upcoming "Porgy and Bess" at the Lyric Opera House. Tuesday, November 4, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

‘Porgy’ star: Opera is fini if fat lady keeps singing

The good news is: advertising works. Ever since the newspaper started running an ad (Page 27 today) promoting our Sun-Times Goes to the Lyric contest, people who never brought up the subject before are asking me about opera. Another surprisingly common reader reaction is succinctly stated by Bill Anders: “I think it is wrong not to give some attribution in the ad to the lovely woman you stand next to. She is not identified.”

Obama in Chicago: On Ferguson, Immigration. Transcript

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama returned home to Chicago on Tuesday to make another plea for calm in Ferguson and to sell the immigration executive orders. Below is a transcript of his remarks, including replies to people in the audience shouting complaints about deportations.

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.

Luis Rivera, 30, said he came home this weekend to find his apartment at 2022 S. Throop empty--one of numerous tenants victimized by questionable tactics from a landlord faced with a court order to vacate the building. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

City needs to put its house in order in protecting tenants

In an all-too-familiar scenario, tenants of a Pilsen apartment building walked into court Tuesday freaked about a judge’s order to vacate their apartments by the end of the day — a piece of bad news most had only recently learned. Their surprise was compounded upon learning that their landlord had been instructed in September to empty the building.