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Obama pardons Naperville man, Brian Sledz

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama granted a pardon on Wednesday to, among others, Brian Edward Sledz of Naperville, a former trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange convicted in the early 1990s of wire fraud and violation of the Commodity Exchange Act.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he plans to actively explore a campaign for the 2016 presidential bid. | Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush to hit Chicago Friday as he explores 2016 run

Lynn Sweet exclusive: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced he will “actively explore” a 2016 presidential run, and I have learned that Bush plans to hit Chicago on Friday to meet with major Illinois GOP donors and fundraisers.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, is shown with Çhicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (left) and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Zachary T. Fardon (right) at a roundtable discussion with police and community leaders in Chicago last week. | Associated Press

AG Holder: Wants to create Center for Justice and Reconciliation

Attorney General Eric Holder, who is leaving office next year, is winding up his tenure by organizing meetings in Chicago and other cities to build relationships between police and black communities, fractured in the wake of Ferguson and Staten Island, where unarmed black men were killed by white officers.

Obama guidance, press schedule, Dec. 16, 2014. Archbishop Kurtz

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday meets with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, lunches with Vice President Joe Biden and then meets with his National Security team.

Attorney General Eric Holder talks to longtime friend Eric Whitaker at President Obama's inauguration in 2009. Holder told the Sun-Times' Lynn Sweet on Friday that race was not a factor in a fraud case in which Whitaker was a potential witness. | Alex Brandon/AP file photo

Holder: race wasn't a factor in case involving Obama's pal

Federal investigators who pursued fraud charges against a Chicago couple were not biased against African-Americans, Attorney General Eric Holder told me Friday as he for the first time addressed allegations made last week by President Barack Obama's friend Eric Whitaker. “I have no evidence that there’s a basis to that claim,” Holder told me.

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose wore this shirt prior to the Dec. 6 game against the Golden State Warriors at the United Center. | Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

Eric Holder applauds Derrick Rose's 'I Can't Breathe' T-shirt

Exclusive: With the nation at another important moment in race relations, I asked Attorney General Eric Holder what he thought of Derrick Rose and LeBron James wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts and if what they were doing was helpful.

Obama library bids submitted: UIC pitches two-site plan

WASHINGTON — It’s down to Chicago versus New York strongly competing for the  entire Barack Obama presidential library and museum with Hawaii hedging its bet and also pitching  a presidential center as four schools submitted bids on Thursday.