Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa, has died.
State lawmakers have approved a plan to restructure retirement benefits for state employees. Gov. Quinn says he’ll sign it. But labor groups vow to sue and the proposal sets up a fight for next year’s election.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget proposal received final approval from the Chicago City Council Tuesday. The budget package holds the line on property and sales taxes, but could mean smokers and drivers will end up paying more next year.