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After 3 decades, Iran hostage still seeking what’s owed

WASHINGTON — He was my hostage. I was his reporter.  After 444 days as one of 52 hostages held captive in Tehran, seized by Iranian militants, Marine Sgt. Paul Lewis was released on Jan. 20, 1981. Lewis was soon back in Homer, the small Illinois town …

Reps. Rush, Davis encourage Karen Lewis to run for mayor

U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush and Danny Davis are encouraging Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, speaking exclusively to the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday after speeches on the House floor deploring violence, discrimination and disinvestment in the city.

Kirk comes off as mean for tying border crisis to gangs

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is unnecessarily inflaming the border children crisis, raising fears about kids from other countries in Chicago shelters, without parents around, caught in a legal limbo. Kirk is trying to connect this crisis to his anti-gang crusade and instead of …

  • Lawmakers: VA needs to improve suicide prevention

    Most of the Veterans Affairs scandal impacts the living — vets who faced long waits for appointments while staffers cooked the books. On Thursday, lawmakers, including Rep. Tammy Duckworth D-Ill., focused on vets who committed suicide and the need for the VA to improve suicide prevention services.

  • Durbin urges students to avoid Everest College

    Corinthian Colleges, Inc. is the parent company of Everest College, with about 3,000 students attending classes — most in health care fields — in Skokie, Bedford Park, Burr Ridge, Merrionette Park, Melrose Park and North Aurora. In a July 2 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Corinthian Colleges, headquartered in Santa Ana, California, disclosed that the company is now running under an “operating agreement” negotiated with the Department of Education.

  • ‘Al the Pal’ — Dixon relished the nickname

    WASHINGTON — The last gathering of Al and his pals here was in October, when the gang got together at the Monocle, a Capitol Hill favorite of former Sen. Alan J. Dixon, D-Ill., who died Sunday. The party celebrated the publication of Dixon’s memoir, “The …Read More

  • Obama by the lake: Exclusive look at library bid from South Works site developer Dan McCaffery

    Among the rival locations in Chicago for the Obama library and museum, the most majestic one hugs the Lake Michigan shore on the Southeast Side with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline. The Chicago Lakeside site has vast potential to trigger massive related economic growth and create jobs in an often ignored part of the city. With a presidential library and museum as an anchor, large-scale private investment that otherwise might take a generation to occur could happen in a decade.

    Chicago-area native brings consumer approach to VA

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s pick to fix the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs is Robert McDonald, a former Procter & Gamble CEO and a graduate of West Point and the now-closed Arlington High School in Arlington Heights. In announcing McDonald as his pick on …

    Obama foundation nixes Kenya university’s bid for ‘institute’

    WASHINGTON — When the bidding process for the Obama library and museum started, Barack Obama Foundation chair Marty Nesbitt said he wanted to cast a wide net for ideas and proposals. With that open invitation, a university in Kenya — the birthplace of Barack Obama’s …

    Rep. Luis Gutierrez: No hope for immigration deal

    WASHINGTON — In a major switch, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., a leader in negotiating with House Republicans on immigration reform, declared Wednesday there is no chance for a deal and called on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order curbing deportations.

    Rep. Robin Kelly won’t stand for gun violence

    Kelly came to Congress last year with gun reform as her defining issue. Freshman Kelly is neither naive nor wide-eyed, having served in the Illinois House, with its pro-NRA contingent. Still, since being sworn-in on April 11, 2013, Kelly has discovered the enormity of the challenge of one lawmaker making a difference when it comes to gun reform.

    10 takeaways from Roskam’s loss

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam’s defeat for GOP House whip puts him in the back of a line of ambitious rivals seeking leadership posts, a setback of at least two years, unless he catches a break along the way. The Wheaton Republican can come back, …

    Rep. Peter Roskam loses whip bid — with Shimkus and Schock working against him

    WASHINGTON — Before heading into the vote for majority whip on Thursday, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., met with his team to discuss strategy. They wrapped up in a prayer circle and a reading of Proverbs 21:31, a verse about being prepared for a “day of …

    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam invokes Henry Hyde in House whip race

    Emerging from a private meeting of House Republicans in the basement of the Capitol on Wednesday morning, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., who is backing Roskam, told me Roskam “spoke about Henry Hyde. He spoke about how [the whip job] sounds simple but this is an important post . . . and how he is committed to working with everyone.”

    A dozen sites in bids on deadline day for Obama presidential library

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle are being offered a dozen sites — from Honolulu to Harlem to Hyde Park and other Chicago locations — for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum. The bids emphasize Obama’s singular place in African-American history and how the facility would trigger economic renewal and community engagement.

    Rep. Gutierrez says Cantor’s loss does not mean immigration reform impossible

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill., a leader in the immigration movement, — who has been quietly seeking to forge compromises with House Republicans — told me he does not think the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia primary dooms the …

    After Cantor fiasco, Rep. Peter Roskam aims for whip post

    WASHINGTON — The day after the Republican Party’s humiliation in Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was defeated by a tea party unknown, Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on Wednesday started aggressively lining up votes to move up the House leadership ladder.