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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 "Definitely" Not Entering Politics

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

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Speculation Builds on Michelle Obama Senate Run

Political wags are beginning to wonder whether Michelle Obama is mulling a run for Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016. Read »

Monday, Jun 2, 2014 at 10:58 AM
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By The Associated Press

First Lady to Launch Construction of USS Illinois

First Lady to Launch Construction of USS Illinois

First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to Rhode Island to participate in a keel-laying ceremony for a submarine that will become the USS Illinois. Read »

Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Welcomes CPS Students on College Visit

First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper Bow Wow welcomed dozens of Chicago high schoolers to Howard University in Washington Thursday afternoon. Read »

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM
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By Associated Press

Chicago Youth Theater to be Honored by First Lady

Chicago Youth Theater to be Honored by First Lady

A Chicago youth theater organization is among about a dozen groups that will be honored during a ceremony with first lady Michelle Obama. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

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

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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