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By Erin Carlson

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

Are the Obamas Moving to California?

President Obama and First Lady Michelle are the buyers of a $4.25 million home in California's Rancho Mirage, according to reports. Read »

Friday, Jul 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Michelle Obama Wants Place in Palm Springs: Report

Forget the breathless speculation over which city will host Barack Obama's much-coveted presidential library and museum. We all know Chicago's the frontrunner. The bigger mystery: Will the president and first... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Obama Library Foundation Unmasks Identities of Deep-Pocketed Donors

Since launching earlier this year, the Barack Obama Foundation has raised as much as $1.75 million from deep-pocketed donors like Chicago investor Michael Sacks for the construction of a presidential library and... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By JOSH LEDERMAN

Dollars for Obama Library Roll in From Chicago, NY

Dollars for Obama Library Roll in From Chicago, NY

The first major donations to President Barack Obama's presidential library are rolling in from New York and Chicago, two cities that are competing vigorously to host the future library. Read »

Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama Comes Home to Chicago Next Week

Michelle Obama heads home to her native Chicago next week for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Waldorf Astoria. Read »

Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Midterm Elections: Illinois Democrats Worried About Quinn Liability

Forget President Obama. It's Pat Quinn that Illinois Democrats should worry about, say operatives within the party. With Gov. Quinn's approval ratings in the tank -- only House Speaker Mike Madigan is more... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

Rick Perry Is Not Coming to Town After All

After so much hype on his end, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has scrapped plans to visit Chicago this week as part of a grandstanding mission to persuade Illinois businesses to relocate to the Lone Star State. Read »

Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 at 2:56 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Obama's Half-Sister Could Sway Presidential Library to Hawaii

Obama's Half-Sister Could Sway Presidential Library to Hawaii

An update on the Obama library front: the president's Hawaii-based half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, has just been appointed to the board of his foundation in a move that could potentially dash Chicago's hopes of... Read »

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Blago Could Get Out of Prison Early Pending Appeals Ruling

Disgraced ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich could be released early from his 14-year federal prison sentence for acts of felony corruption that included an attempt to sell Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate... Read »

Monday, Jun 23, 2014 at 7:26 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Where Dick Durbin, Mark Kirk Stand on Iraq Intervention

Illinois senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk are taking different perspectives on how (or how not) to respond to the bloody civil battle ravaging Iraq. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

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Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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