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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. 

Republican Bruce Rauner and Gov. Pat Quinn

Vote for ... oh heck, whomever you please

A number of readers apparently feel I run the newspaper, or at least am an important and valued member of the top editorial team, plugged into all decisions as they are being made, sitting in the Inner Sanctum, wherever that may be, peering out beneath hooded robes, pressing our fingertips together to make cathedrals, exchanging opinions in hushed tones.

Republican Bruce Rauner responds to a reporter's question after a debate against Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Rauner firm’s head-scratching federal case vs. critics

Dr. Jonathan Fliegel thought he was well within his rights when he joined other members of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Michigan chapter at their state capitol a few years ago to urge lawmakers to impose restrictions on the use of a chemical called lindane. He never imagined his activism as a citizen and physician in Michigan would result in getting sued in a federal case in Chicago.

The politics of fear — and Ebola

Can you get the light out of my eyes? No. Can you loosen the handcuffs? No. Why am I here? You coughed. Coughing is a symptom of Ebola. We must protect the homeland.

Undocumented immigrants face long wait for driver’s license

Every morning at 9 a.m., a ritual plays out in homes and offices across the Chicago area as thousands of people dial their phones or click online in hopes of being among the relatively few selected for that day’s chance at a valuable prize. But this is no radio contest, and failure to “win” can be more frustrating than losing out on a big cash jackpot. These contestants are undocumented immigrants trying to get an appointment with the Illinois Secretary of State’s office to apply for a driver’s license.

Former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline (right) with former officer Jim Mullen in 2008. | Sun-Times library

Police Memorial Foundation raises $1M to buy vests for officers

Cop shop: Watch for Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to be handed $1 million Tuesday to buy 2,000 bulletproof vests for Chicago’s finest. “One bullet can change the life of a Chicago Police officer,” said former Chicago Police Supt. Phil Cline, the executive director of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation. He will present the gift to McCarthy.

Wall Street lacks diversity

Wall Street may lead America in financial rewards, but it is a laggard when it comes to diversity. The lack of diversity among its CEOs and managing partners is notorious.

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor, is interviewed last week at the Chicago Sun-Times. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Chad Grimm, Libertarian candidate for gov, gets boost from union

Chad Grimm, the Libertarian Party candidate for Illinois governor, said Monday he welcomes any financial support headed his way from a labor union that has dedicated itself to defeating Republican Bruce Rauner.

This Jan. 17, 2013, photo provided by Anita Sarkeesian shows her with vintage video game machines in MInneapolis. Sarkeesian has canceled a speech at Utah State University after learning the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat against her. | AP Photo/Alex Lazara

Vile foes of feminist game critic miss mark

We can assume that the men threatening to rape and murder Anita Sarkeesian were not doing so because they wanted to disseminate her observations about sexism in the video gaming world to as wide an audience as possible.

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