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Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Eddie Vedder, Children's Choir to Perform at Obama's Speech

Eddie Vedder, Children's Choir to Perform at Obama's Speech

Eddie Vedder, joined by members of the Chicago Children’s Choir, will perform at President Barack Obama’s farewell address Tuesday night. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:46 AM

A Look at Presidential Farewell Speeches

A Look at Presidential Farewell Speeches

The farewell address President Barack Obama plans to deliver Tuesday will continue a tradition established by the nation's first president more than two centuries ago. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:56 AM

In Final Speech, Obama Must Reconcile His Hopes With Trump's

In Final Speech, Obama Must Reconcile His Hopes With Trump's

Now an elder statesman, Barack Obama is returning to Chicago where he launched his unlikely political career to tell Americans not to lose faith in their future, no matter what they think about their next... Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 10:36 PM

Illinois Pundits Respond to Trump, Streep Beef at City Club

Meryl Streep's acceptance speech after receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes turned out to be the opening volley in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump—but a pair of Chicago... Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 6:26 PM
Chicago Prepares for President Obama's Farewell Speech

Chicago Prepares for President Obama's Farewell Speech

President Barack Obama is set to give his farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday. Mary Ann Ahern reports. Watch »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 5:18 PM

Museums to Close Early for Obama's Farewell Speech

President Barack Obama will return to Chicago Tuesday for his farewell address at McCormick Place, prompting several institutions at nearby Museum Campus to close early. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Obama's Chicago Visit Could Disrupt Traffic Tuesday

President Barack Obama will return to Chicago Tuesday for his farewell address at McCormick Place, and that could mean traffic troubles for some commuters. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 2:08 PM

Everything to Know About President Obama's Farewell Speech

As Chicago prepares to host President Barack Obama for his farewell address Tuesday, there are some things city residents and those attending the speech should know. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017 at 8:48 AM

How to Watch President Obama's Farewell Speech Live

Not able to get tickets to President Barack Obama's farewell speech in Chicago Tuesday?

We've got you covered. Read »

Monday, Jan 9, 2017 at 12:37 PM

Key Numbers in Illinois' Budget Stalemate

Key Numbers in Illinois' Budget Stalemate

As the Illinois Senate tries to broker a deal to break the state's long-running budget deadlock, here are some of the numbers at the center of the debate: Read »

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