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New York City city workers hand out Ebola information sheets near The Gutter bowling alley where New York City's first Ebola patient visited before showing symptoms of the virus on October 24, 2014 in New York City. Dr. Craig Spencer, who returned to the US from Guinea 10 days ago, tested positive for Ebola on Thursday and is now being cared for at Bellevue Hospital. (File Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Ebola shows how government bumbles

These are tough days for liberals. Their central dogma — that government is the answer to our problems — is taking a beating.

Carol Marin checks her debate sheets before the taping of the final Gubernatorial debate between Gov. Patrick Quinn and Comptroller Daniel Hynes at the WTTW Chicago Tonight Studios in 2010. File Photo by Dom Najolia, Chicago Sun-Times

I belong to no candidate. Never have

Reporters are taught to cover the story, not be the story.

Thieves stole this barbecue pit last week from the parking lot at the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, 1515 W. Ashland, where it was used to cook special meals for the men participating in the substance abuse treatment program. Let's help get it back. | Mark Brown/Sun-Times

Help smoke this thief out, so he can be grilled by the cops

This is the first story I can remember ever writing about a stolen barbecue grill. But the Fat 50 Squared, I am assured, is no ordinary barbecue grill. Even to call it a grill is an insult. 

The answers Quinn and Rauner won't give you

As the final in a series of debates between Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner played out last week, there were distinct questions both candidates dodged. This might be a good time to bring you the answers they wouldn’t give — and explore why. 

Divvy bikes await riders under newly fallen snow at Franklin and Wacker in April. File Photo by Al Podgorski / Sun-Times Media

Divvy service center sets bikes back on right path

Chicago’s temperature swings take a toll on Divvys, as do graffiti artists,  malicious persons, potholes, and regular wear and tear of having Chicago’s collective hot dog-larded backside repeatedly plopped down upon the bikes. 


President Barack Obama speaks to the media in the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday. (AP File Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Will Obama do right by immigrants?

As midterm elections near the finish line, there is a self-imposed, not-so-concrete deadline approaching for President Barack Obama. By Thanksgiving or Christmas, we should know what kind of relief he will extend to millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

The reconstruction of Northerly Island. June File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Smart cities invest in play

Mayors across the country routinely talk about their work strengthening their cities, focusing on core areas like education, economic development, infrastructure and public safety. But what is commonly missing from this dialogue is the impact of parks and play on improving a city’s livability, health and vibrancy.

Jackie Robinson West players ride on top of a double decker bus during its parade to Millennium Park in August. | Jessica Koscielniak / Sun-Times

Obama invites Jackie Robinson West team to White House

Sultans of swat: Sneed hears that President Barack Obama — who met privately with the national champion Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team Sunday after a Chicago State University rally for Gov. Pat Quinn — had a surprise and a serious piece of advice for the Dukes of the Dugout.

Rauner’s big plans for Illinois? None of your business

At Monday night’s Illinois governor debate, Republican Bruce Rauner completed an amazing personal transformation — of a kind only seen in religion and politics — when he vowed he “will” raise the state’s minimum wage if elected. 

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