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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:55 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

Why Chicago Will Win the Obama Library

As we prophesied, Chicago stands atop President Barack Obama's shortlist as a location to host his highly coveted library and museum. The president's foundation, whittling down the field of contenders to... Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

The Obamas Get Chicago Schools Named After Them

South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Read »

Friday, Sep 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk Name-Drops Michelle Obama as Potential 2016 Challenger

Mark Kirk knows Michelle Obama's not interested in his job, right? This summer the First Lady debunked rumors that she was running for public office in her native Illinois, but Kirk—the Republican junior senator... Read »

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 at 3:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Michelle Obama Attends Beyonce Concert After Chicago Fundraiser

After headlining a fundraiser at Chicago's Waldorf Astoria on Thursday, Michelle Obama stopped by River North eatery Sunda (where she posed for a photo with spotlight-chasing restaurateur Billy Dec) before... Read »

Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 at 10:49 PM
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By Carol Marin, Natalie Martinez

Michelle Obama Makes the Chicago Rounds

First Lady Michelle Obama is raising big bucks in Chicago Thursday, but also making time for some good fun and good food. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 3:33 PM
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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 »

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 »

Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM

FLOTUS "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

FLOTUS

First Lady Michelle Obama is officially on the record regarding rumored political plans after she leaves the White House. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Accidental gov no longer.

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

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