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Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Saturday, Feb 9, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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By Lisa Balde
      

First Lady To Attend Hadiya Pendleton Funeral

First Lady Michelle Obama will travel to Chicago on Saturday and attend the funeral of a 15-year-old girl gunned down last week in Chicago, the White House confirmed Friday. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

If you stop reading and commenting on Joe Walsh's latest outrageous statement, we'll stop writing about him, and he'll disappear into the obscurity he deserves. Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

New term, new Twitter, new do. First Lady Michelle Obama, whose fashion choices are often written about and acclaimed, stepped up her style Wednesday without a wardrobe makeover. She took to her new Twitter... Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

The designer whose fans include First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new women's collection this week at 49 Nordstrom locations across the country, include Obama's hometown. Read »

Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Michelle Obama for Senate? PPP Says Yes

Michelle Obama for Senate? PPP Says Yes

It’s only hypothetical this point, but a survey done by Public Policy Polling gives Mrs. Obama the lead over Sen. Mark Kirk 51 to 40 percent, should she choose to challenge Kirk in 2016 for an Illinois senate... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:14 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Four More Years ... of Michelle Style

Four More Years ... of Michelle Style

To fashionistas, Tuesday's presidential win means more than a second term for President Barack Obama. It means another four years of Michelle Obama style. Read »

Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:35 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Mrs. Obama Makes Early Voting Push in Wis.

Mrs. Obama Makes Early Voting Push in Wis.

First lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton traveled across Wisconsin Friday to encourage early voting. Clinton was in Green Bay Friday, with Michelle Obama making stops in Racine and Wausau. Read »

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012 at 11:18 PM
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By Associated Press, BJ Lutz

First Lady Tapes TV Show, Raises Funds

First Lady Tapes TV Show, Raises Funds

Michelle Obama was a guest on The Steve Harvey Show before two Chicago-area fundraisers. Read »

Monday, Sep 24, 2012 at 11:50 AM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Fund-Raises in Chicago Thursday

First Lady Fund-Raises in Chicago Thursday

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago this week for two fundraisers: one at the former home of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios and the other at the home of a media mogul. 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

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