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Illinois pension reform law is unconstitutional, judge rules

politics.suntimes.com — An Illinois judge has ruled that a law intended to fix the nation's worst state employee pension crisis violates the state Constitution. Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled Friday in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state's landmark pension overhaul.

Obama to Chicago on Tuesday to boost immigration executive orders

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON-President Barack Obama comes home to Chicago on Tuesday as to win public support for bypassing Congress and issuing immigration executive orders to save millions from deportation. A White House official said in an e-mail, "On Tuesday, November 25, the President will travel to the Chicago, Illinois area to meet with members of the community and discuss the executive actions he iss taking to fix our broken immigration system.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @lynnsweet: Breaking: #immigration Pres. Obama to Chicago Tuesday to promote executive orders. With @RahmEmanuel & @RepGutierrez http://…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Suntimes: BREAKING: Obama is coming to Chicago on Tuesday to boost his immigration executive orders. sun-tim.es/1tncPQ2

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House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON (AP) - A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Suntimes: NEW: A two-year investigation has concluded that the military acted properly in responding to the Benghazi attack sun-tim.es/1tb07oB

Nov 21, 2014

RT @Suntimes: NEW: A two-year investigation has concluded that the military acted properly in responding to the Benghazi attack sun-tim.es/1tb07oB

Silent partner for Rahm in mayoral campaign? Mike Madigan

politics.suntimes.com — After staying neutral in the last race for Chicago mayor, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has provided major support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of election records shows. Dozens of soldiers in Madigan's political army of government workers - including Patrick J.

Church must use its women to fullest

suntimes.com — By CAROL MARIN Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich smiles during his Installation Mass at Holy Name Cathedral, Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chicago Tribune, Antonio Perez, Pool) I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago's new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @thomasfrisbie: Good @CarolMarin column on the Catholic Church, new archbishop Blase Cupich and the church's women suntimes.com/news/marin/312…

Nov 21, 2014

Women in the church.....and Chicago's new Archbishop. fb.me/1wetGnxDV

Nov 21, 2014

Good @CarolMarin column on the Catholic Church, new archbishop Blase Cupich and the church's women suntimes.com/news/marin/312…

14 applications for pot businesses on Chicago zoning board agenda

politics.suntimes.com — The Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals is hearing Friday from entrepreneurs who seek to open medical marijuana dispensaries and one cultivation center in Chicago. Fourteen applications for the special use permits needed from the board are on the agenda , but some are expected to be continued until next month.
Nov 21, 2014

Clout city: 14 applications for pot businesses on Chicago zoning board agenda politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 21, 2014

ICYMI: Chicago zoning board grilling medical marijuana biz licenses seekers. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @schlikerman: Here's who is up before the ZBA today for medical marijuana special use permits. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag… 4 already held until Dec. meeting.

Nov 21, 2014

Here's who is up before the ZBA today for medical marijuana special use permits. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag… 4 already held until Dec. meeting.

Business owners seeking medical marijuana licenses faced lawsuits

politics.suntimes.com — Two former Goldman Sachs executives hoping to be among those granted licenses to open medical marijuana businesses in Illinois have faced lawsuits in other states. Nicholas Vita and Michael Abbott's companies have won licenses to run dispensaries in Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada and Washington, D.C.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @schlikerman: I'm at the ZBA today for medical marijuana permits. Here's a story about one of the applicants. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @schlikerman: I'm at the ZBA today for medical marijuana special use permits. Here's a story about one of the applicants. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Nov 21, 2014

I'm at the ZBA today for medical marijuana special use permits. Here's a story about one of the applicants. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has baby girl: Born on Tuesday

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON-- Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., and her husband, Bryan Bowlsbey announced on Thursday the birth to a baby girl on Tuesday, who they named Abigail O'kalani Bowlsbey. Duckworth, 46, a wounded Iraq war vet, who lived in Hawaii said in a statement, "My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl.
Nov 20, 2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth has baby girl: Born on Tuesday politics.suntimes.com/article/washin… Via @lynnesweet of @cstearlyoften

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Time for all-new plan on pensions

suntimes.com — Editorials Forget pension reform Plan B. It's time for a new Plan A. The state's pension cost-cutting law, which was first rendered legally suspect this summer, suffered a major blow on Friday when a state judge ruled it unconstitutional. Unequivocally so.
Nov 21, 2014

Yes, it was a lot of work writing the pension reform law. Time to start again. Editorial. suntimes.com/opinions/31210… #twill

A personal crusade against deportation

politics.suntimes.com — When Alejandra Renteria began attending rallies for immigration reform years ago alongside her mother, the significance of the movement didn't register with her young mind. After her father was deported to Mexico four years ago, the crusade became more personal. "I started going to more things," Renteria, 17, of the Southwest Side, told me.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @Walldo: Meet a 17-year-old immigration activist in Chicago whose father was deported sun-tim.es/1tniYfj pic.twitter.com/Ydtccj8d1D

Nov 21, 2014

RT @dmihalopoulos: Dad's deportation brought home meaning of immigration activism for 17 year old girl from SW Side via @MarlenGarcia777 politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Obama to Boehner on immigration: "I'll walk your dog." Transcript

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Friday signed executive actions on immigration in Las Vegas and delivered a speech to sell his moves and cajole Republicans in Congress to call a vote on an immigration bill. Said Obama, "I told (House Speaker) John Boehner, I'll wash your car, I'll walk your dog -- -- whatever you need to do, just call the bill.
Nov 21, 2014

.@PeteDominick I was there!. Transcript says "mow our lawns, make our beds, clean out bedpans". I heard "clean our" politics.suntimes.com/article/washin…

Why is drunk driver who killed my sister back at the wheel?

suntimes.com — BY EMILY MAINS: A repeat drunk driver killed my stepsister in 2003. Last Saturday, he was arrested for impaired driving for the fourth time. How does a repeat offender get the chance to drive again? How does a judicial system allow a man who has killed to have a second, third and even fourth chance?
Nov 21, 2014

RT @KateGrossman1: Op-ed: Why is drunk driver who killed my stepsister back at the wheel? suntimes.com/news/otherview…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @KateGrossman1: Op-ed: Why is drunk driver who killed my stepsister back at the wheel? suntimes.com/news/otherview…

Church must use its women to fullest

politics.suntimes.com — I like to think the ghost of Monsignor Jack Egan is rattling around the rectory of Holy Name Cathedral, where Chicago's new archbishop, Blase Cupich, now resides. If memory serves, Jack's former small sitting room and bedroom would be just down the hall from where the new leader of Chicago Catholics bunks.

Garcia blasts Emanuel for closing 50 schools

politics.suntimes.com — Mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday for closing 50 schools and portrayed the incumbent as a big-money "Washington insider" who lacks the "temperament" to "listen and engage" everyday Chicagoans.
Nov 21, 2014

Chuy Garcia blasts @RahmEmanuel for closing 50 schools. Questions his "temperament" & willingness to listen politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Rahm Emanuel’s silent partner in mayoral campaign: Mike Madigan

politics.suntimes.com — After staying neutral in the last race for Chicago mayor, Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan has provided major support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election campaign, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of election records shows. Dozens of soldiers in Madigan's political army of government workers - including Patrick J.
pot.suntimes.com — A Chicago Sun-Times project tracking medical marijuana in Illinois
Nov 21, 2014

RT @dustbag44: While @schlikerman dutifully reports from the ZBA don't forget to check pot.suntimes.com for up to date #medicalmarijuana news.

Obama's immigration executive order: Here are the details

politics.suntimes.com — WASHINGTON-Under President Barack Obama's immigration executive order, announced on Thursday, illegal immigrants who have minor run-ins with law enforcement will not to worry about the incident triggering deportation, according to senior administration officials. Obama is ordering a series of administrative changes in rules and refocusing enforcement priorities and prosecutorial discretion.

Don’t dismiss Cosby’s accusers: Mitchell

suntimes.com — By MARY MITCHELL Updated: It makes little sense that some of us are blaming the victims accusing comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault. Understandably, it was difficult to reconcile the wholesome, TV super-dad as an alleged sexual predator. But many of us were quick to condemn the entire Catholic Church when decades-old allegations surfaced of sexual abuse by priests.

Sneed: Rev. Pfleger gets kudos from Archbishop Cupich for anti-violence work

suntimes.com — BY MICHAEL SNEED The Rev. Michael Pfleger speaks during the Peace Basketball Tournament at St. Sabina's gymnasium in Chicago on Sept. 22, 2012. | Andrew A. Nelles/Sun-Times Media Updated: The Pfleger file . . . Praise the Lord . . . and pass the crozier!