Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Chicago, Emanuel won along with Obama, mayor’s allies say ]]> Lead story image

President Barack Obama’s re-election — and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s front-and-center role in it — will pay dividends for Chicago, mayoral allies predicted Wednesday. ]]> Sun, 09 Dec 2012 19:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Owning assault weapons a right, three GOP candidates say ]]> Lead story image

Three of the four Republican gubernatorial candidates say they believe all Illinois residents have the right to own assault weapons. State Treasurer Dan Rutherford of Chenoa, state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner of Winnetka said so at an ABC7/Univision televised debate put on with the League of Women Voters. ]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 10:38:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawmaker: Don’t tax Sochi medalists ]]> Lead story image

One suburban legislator wants to stop the state from taxing the winnings of Sochi Olympic and Paralympic medalists. Sen. Julie Morrison, D-Deerfield, sponsored a bill exempting Illinois athletes who medal in the Sochi 2014 games from paying the 5 percent state income tax on their earnings. ]]> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:11:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mayoral run for CTU’s Karen Lewis? Spouse sour on being first husband ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis came to Springfield Wednesday to rally against possible pension cuts to city teachers but left town being urged to run against Mayor Rahm Emanuel. By her own and other union members. Chants of “Run for Mayor!” filled the Capitol rotunda, where unionized city workers gathered to hear her speak. Afterwards, Lewis seemed to suggest she’s staying put in 2015, when Emanuel faces re-election, but she also didn’t close any doors. ]]> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:53:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP gubernatorial debate a ‘blood sport’ fight for second place ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — His campaign crippled by sexual harassment allegations, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford bemoaned how Illinois politics has become a “blood sport” ­— but otherwise was a non-factor in Tuesday’s debate among the four-way GOP field for governor. Instead, state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington were the ones drawing blood against each other — and frontrunner Bruce Rauner — in a bid to assume Rutherford’s one-time role as the main alternative to the private equity investor from Winnetka. ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 06:53:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Feb. 10: Republicans can’t avoid elephant in the room at radio debate ]]> Lead story image

Before a packed house in Hoffman Estates on Monday, three GOP gubernatorial candidates heaped criticism on a fourth contender who was missing — and one candidate found himself defending a past plug for Barack Obama. But the most dramatic moment of a 90-minute radio debate sponsored by WLS 890-AM was when state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale pointedly took on the elephant in the room – a fresh sexual harassment charge that had been leveled against opponent Dan Rutherford. ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 06:34:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Madigan proposes $1.5 billion tax cut for businesses ]]> Lead story image

A day after Republicans slammed Gov. Pat Quinn for the state’s jobs climate, House Speaker Michael Madigan gift-wrapped a $1.5 billion election-year bouquet to Illinois businesses by offering to halve corporate income tax rates so they can “grow their work forces with good-paying jobs.” ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:11:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Experts: Corporate tax cuts will bring jobs, but not net revenue increase ]]> Lead story image

If Illinois cuts corporate taxes in half as House Speaker Michael Madigan proposes, the state will certainly gain companies and jobs, but those gains will not be enough to make up the lost revenue, experts say. For every 1 percent cut in taxes there will be a 3.5 percent increase in the number of business establishments, according to economist Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato, of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. That trade off could benefit the state in terms of jobs, but could still leave it scrambling to close an even wider budget deficit. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 17:16:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama calls for ‘year of action’ — vows to act on his own, if necessary ]]> Lead story image

From lifting the minimum wage to overhauling immigration to closing Guantanamo Bay once and for all, President Barack Obama put forth Tuesday night a sweeping call for a “year of action.” The president used his State of the Union address to lay out an aggressive vision for 2014, where he urged Congress to focus on “creating new jobs not creating new crises.” But Obama promised he would meet inaction in Congress by sidestepping members and using his own executive power. “America does not stand still – and neither will I,” Obama said. ]]> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 15:27:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Concealed-weapons applicants say they want protection ]]> Lead story image

Some applicants for conceal carry gun permits have jobs involving valuables, some fear a violent ex-partner, some want training just in case they need it, but all say they want to be able to protect themselves and their family. “People want to be able to defend themselves,” said Mike Elrod, who founded Illinois Gun Owners Rights. ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:08:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Jan. 23: GOP gubernatorial rivals stress being ‘reasonable,’ and electable in first TV debate ]]> Lead story image

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford declared Thursday that he was not a “Republican with horns and a tail,” as he and three other GOP primary gubernatorial candidates gave their pitch for who was best prepared to win over a Democratic state. The Thursday night forum in Downstate Peoria was the first time all four of the candidates met for a televised debate — and it proved to be a more civil affair than a previous forum, which ended in a fiery clash. With the TV cameras rolling, the four rivals sought to look more like statesmen than hatchet men. ]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 06:42:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Republicans Rutherford, Rauner lead money race, reports show ]]> Lead story image

With more than $1.37 million, state Treasurer Dan Rutherford has the most cash available in his campaign kitty, while competitor Bruce Rauner raised by far the most money in the four-way race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. Campaign reports showed state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale and state Sen. Bill Brady of Bloomington continuing to struggle to raise money. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn raised more than $1.85 million in the last quarter and has $4.75 million on hand, his campaign told the Sun-Times. ]]> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 08:51:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Analysis: Rauner’s latest flap could pack the greater punch ]]> Lead story image

After spending all last week putting out fires because he said he wanted to lower — and then raise — the minimum wage, multi-millionaire gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner began this week facing a brand new firestorm. And it’s the latest storyline that potentially has greater staying power. ]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:52:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Only .0014 percent of Payton College Prep students get in thanks to principal’s help ]]> Lead story image

So how difficult was it for an average Chicago student to be admitted into Payton College Prep the year that Bruce Rauner made a call to get his daughter in? More than 9,000 students applied for 353 open seats in the 2008-09 academic year, according to data obtained by the Sun-Times through the Freedom of Information Act. This happened before the Chicago Public Schools system changed its policy on attendance records. That means for the thousands of students competing for 353 open seats, consideration was supposed to be based on test scores, grades, and students’ attendance when they were in 7th grade. ]]> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:52:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rev. Jackson: 50 years later, time for a new War on Poverty ]]> Lead story image

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a revival of the 1960s-era War on Poverty, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s initiative that brought us Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, various job training programs and also ramped up funding for welfare and public housing. In a news conference Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Johnson’s War on Poverty speech, Jackson said that many of these problems are under attack or have been eliminated and that the number of poor has grown to record levels.“Poverty in America is becoming a crisis presenting unprecedented challenges for our nation,” Jackson said. ]]> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:03:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Republican Rauner: Cut state’s hourly minimum wage by $1 to be ‘competitive’ ]]> Lead story image

SPRINGFIELD — Republican Bruce Rauner is calling for a $1-an-hour rollback in the state’s minimum wage in a move Democrats described as “class warfare” on Illinois’ working poor. A Downstate Alton radio station Tuesday reported Rauner’s statement in support of moving the state’s minimum wage from its existing $8.25 an hour level to $7.25 an hour. The position puts him at odds with the other three Republicans in the March 18 gubernatorial primary and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who wants to raise the minimum wage to $10 per hour. ]]> Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:40:54 -0500