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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:19 PM
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By Associated Press

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

Committee Gives Early OK to $100M for Obama Museum

An Illinois House committee has advanced a plan to devote $100 million in state funds to help bring President Barack Obama's presidential museum and library to Chicago. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:24 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Obama Addresses Ft. Hood Shootings From Chicago

President Barack Obama comes home to attend Democratic fundraising events. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:51 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

Obama Returns to Chicago Wednesday

President Barack Obama returns to Chicago for a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. Read »

Saturday, Mar 29, 2014 at 5:56 AM
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By Marcus Riley

Local Obama Impersonator Helps Launch New Zealand Political Party

Chicago's Reggie Brown has a lot of interesting stories from the five years he's worked as a Barack Obama impersonator, but now he can say he's helped launch a political party. Read »

Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 1:30 PM
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By The Associated Press

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Ill. House Passes Anti-Racial Profiling Bill

Originally sponsored by Obama and Democratic Rep. Monique Davis of Chicago, the law mandated the collection of traffic stop data by Illinois law enforcement agencies beginning in 2004 for a three-year period.... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

Honolulu Mayor May Seek Joint Obama Library Bid

With the competition for the Obama presidential library and museum moving forward, there has been some speculation that Honolulu mayor Kirk Caldwell may be looking at a collaboration with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

Obama Quotes 'Caddyshack' in Harold Ramis Tribute

President Barack Obama has added his condolences to a long list of tributes from celebrities and fans mourning the loss of Chicago-based writer, director and actor Harold Ramis. Read »

Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 at 10:20 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Quigley, Schakowsky Want New Look at Pot Policy

Quigley, Schakowsky Want New Look at Pot Policy

Illinois lawmakers Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky are among 18 U.S. Representatives who have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to remove marijuana from the most restrictive list of banned substances.... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 10:56 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Obama to Visit Wisconsin on Thursday

Obama to Visit Wisconsin on Thursday

President Barack Obama will visit southeastern Wisconsin on Thursday and deliver a speech on the economy, The White House confirmed Tuesday. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 3:03 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Obama Seeks to Revive Agenda in State of Union

Every presidency, it seems, hits a wall in the first year of a second term. Barack Obama is no exception. Read »

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