Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Obama pal Eric Whitaker stonewalls feds on sex question in grant-fraud case ]]> Lead story image

THE WATCHDOGS: Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, one of President Barack Obama’s closest friends, has refused to answer federal prosecutors’ questions about whether he had a “sexual relationship” with a former aide who has pleaded guilty to stealing taxpayers’ money, court records show. ]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 10:18:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Barack Obama’s great-uncle dies at 89; Charles Payne was WWII vet, U. of C. library official ]]> Lead story image

President Barack Obama’s “Uncle Charlie” has died. Charles T. Payne, 89, died Aug. 1 in Chicago. He was the brother of “Toot,” Madelyn Payne Dunham, the maternal grandmother who helped to raise the president. ]]> Sat, 13 Sep 2014 06:15:26 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama nurtures his faith, advisers say ]]> Lead story image

President Barack Obama isn’t an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church. He almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But away from the public eye, his advisers say the president has nurtured a spirituality that’s served to help ground him during turbulent times. ]]> Sat, 19 Oct 2013 22:54:00 -0600 <![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 -0600 <![CDATA[ President Barack Obama’s statement on passage of same-sex marriage bill ]]>

“Tonight, I applaud the men and women of the Illinois General Assembly, a body in which I was proud to serve, for voting to legalize marriage equality in my home state. “As President, I have always believed that gay and lesbian Americans should be treated fairly and equally under the law. Over time, I also came to believe that same-sex couples should be able to get married like anyone else. So tonight, Michelle and I are overjoyed for all the committed couples in Illinois whose love will now be as legal as ours – and for their friends and family … ]]> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:20:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Shutdown brings new Tea Party scrutiny from GOP business interests ]]> Lead story image

As government doors reopened Thursday following a painful, 16-day economic odyssey, some of the nation’s top business groups were taking a hard look at their political strategy. Specifically: how to counter Tea Party members who brought the country to the brink of default. The political arm of the National Retail Federation said it was reviewing 25 different primaries and would likely invest in challengers in a small group of them. “This was a man-made disaster. This didn’t have to happen,” David French, the National Retail Federation’s top lobbyist, told the Sun-Times on Thursday. ]]> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 06:38:02 -0600