Reality and politics in the Windy City rarely collide in the same sentence, but that Chicago's fiscal problems are becoming too big to ignore.

A small San Francisco bookstore is going out of business because it can't afford a minimum-wage increase approved by voters last year.

Bruce Rauner, Illinois’ new Republican governor, was inaugurated on Monday and is facing a daunting task: a $4 billion backlog of unpaid bills and a budget showing deficits approaching $21 billion in three years unless something is done.

The self-styled “Islamic State,” the terrorist group often referred to as ISIS or ISIL that was admittedly armed by the Obama administration and its Islamic “allies,” is best known for its savagery, beheadings, and all-around jihadist terror. In recent days, though, after reportedly announcing that it would be minting its own gold, silver, and copper currency dubbed the “dinar” and the “dirham,” the brutal Islamist outfit has also become known for its monetary policy. According to the group, which announced its new money system last week, the goal of the precious-metals currency is to “emancipate itself from the satanic global economic system based on usury.”

Robots will soon be driving over-the-road trucks, bringing down costs and reducing crashes. 

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