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To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

To fight crime, Chicago tries wiping away arrests

Mariama Bangura, 17, poses for a portrait on the Northwest Side of Chicago. Bangura, 17, was arrested last year after she was accused of threatening a teacher. Though she was never charged, she worries that the incident could sink her adult ambitions. Chicago lawmakers, desperate to curb gun…

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Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner speaks during a news conference Monday, July 21, 2014, in Chicago. Rauner says he's continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators. He is leading a committee that gathered signatures to put a measure on the Novembe…

July 21, 2014 5:56 pm
Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, left, stands with his running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti, during a news conference Monday, July 21, 2014, in Chicago. Rauner says he's continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators. He is leading a committee that ga…

July 21, 2014 5:56 pm
Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Rauner keeps up push for Illinois term limits

Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up to the crowd during a news conference Monday, July 21, 2014, in Chicago. Rauner says he's continuing his efforts to impose term limits on Illinois legislators. He is leading a committee that gathered signatures to put …

July 21, 2014 5:56 pm
Rauner keeps up push for term limits

Rauner keeps up push for term limits

CHICAGO | Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner kept up his drumbeat for Illinois term limits, saying Monday that "voters deserve a voice" on the issue and that the effort to put a measure on the November ballot isn't over despite recent court decisions and a tight timeline.

July 21, 2014 5:56 pm Photos

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SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

HOOVER, Ala. | Southeastern Conference players have mostly been content to let league administrators and coaches take up the drumbeat for NCAA reform — not that they're complaining.

July 17, 2014 4:35 pm
SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

SEC players mostly leave lobbying to others

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has advocated that players should be getting a bigger piece of college athletics' substantial monetary pie for years.

July 17, 2014 4:35 pm
Activist group: Jihadists besiege Syrian city

Activist group: Jihadists besiege Syrian city

FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. The Islamic State was originally al-Qaida's branch in Iraq, but it used Syria's civil war to vau…

June 13, 2014 10:28 am

Poll: Health exchange rollout gets poor reviews

The debut of the government's health insurance marketplaces drew a huge audience - and underwhelming reviews.

October 10, 2013 3:11 pm Related

Dems, conservatives line up on health care fight

INDIANAPOLIS | Supporters and opponents of the federal health care law brought their national battle to Indianapolis on Monday.

August 26, 2013 7:30 pm

Gaming board chair: Separate Chicago casino in its own bill

SPRINGFIELD | The head of the board that regulates Illinois' gambling said Tuesday that a proposed expansion calling for five new casinos raises so many questions about oversight of a Chicago casino that it should be separated into its own bill.

May 28, 2013 5:47 pm
Brown v. Board site to mark anniversary of ruling

Brown v. Board site to mark anniversary of ruling

The Brown v. Board of Education National Historic site will display a black doll used in a series of famous race studies to mark the 59th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ended legal segregation in public schools.

May 16, 2013 12:00 am

Sheriff proposes Cook County concealed-carry ordinance

CHICAGO | Cook County's sheriff is proposing a countywide concealed-carry ordinance, saying if state lawmakers don't pass a law by next month as a federal court has ordered, Illinois could turn into the "Wild West."

May 06, 2013 9:00 pm

Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

WASHINGTON | Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, refusing to tighten background checks on firearms buyers or ban assault weapons.

April 17, 2013 9:15 pm Related

Chicago district disappointed in ex-congressman

CHICAGO | Residents in this swath of sprawling Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs have brimmed with loyalty to Jesse Jackson Jr. over the past 17 years, giving him an enthusiastic majority each election — even after questionable links to ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, reports of an extramarital aff…

February 21, 2013 10:00 am
40 years ago, Irish-Tide played game for the ages

40 years ago, Irish-Tide played game for the ages

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | Ara Parseghian still remembers every little detail of that dreary night in New Orleans nearly four decades ago, when two titans of college football met for the first time.

January 07, 2013 6:30 pm
40 years ago, Irish-Tide played game for the ages

40 years ago, Irish-Tide played game for the ages

Former Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian waves to fans as he arrives at the Home Depot College Football Awards in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., in December. Parseghian is nearly 90 years old, but he remembers the 1973 Sugar Bowl as if it happened yesterday.

January 07, 2013 12:47 pm

Chicago teachers vote to return to classroom

CHICAGO | Teachers agreed Tuesday to return to the classroom after more than a week on the picket lines in Chicago, ending a combative stalemate with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over evaluations and job security, two issues at the heart of efforts to reform the nation's public schools.

September 18, 2012 5:46 pm

ArcelorMittal agrees to clean up waste at Burns Harbor

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana environmental groups have reached a settlement with ArcelorMittal and state regulators requiring the steelmaker to clean up more than 3 million tons of waste piled up along Lake Michigan.

July 20, 2012 2:45 pm
New tools used to keep pets out of hot cars

New tools used to keep pets out of hot cars

Los Angeles Police Officer Jim Cherrette holds a temperature record stick in Los Angeles to demonstrate how hot a closed car can get. Good Samaritans, temperature guns and tougher laws are the newest tools in the campaign to keep animals out of hot cars, where just minutes can mean death. Mo…

July 14, 2012 9:00 am
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