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STEM Education & Why President Obama Has Made It An Educational Priority

Innovation drives the U.S. economy, and employees with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills have become a hot commodity in post-recession America.

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Malia Obama Attends Lollapalooza

Malia Obama was seen at Lollapalooza this past weekend, and she didn’t even have a chaperone — assuming the Secret Service doesn’t count.

08/04/2014

Tess Boghossian of Palatine during her recent trip to the White House. (Boghossian Family)

Palatine Girl, 12, Rewarded For Healthy Recipe: Lunch With First Lady

It was a day Tess Boghossian of Palatine will never forget. She was one of 54 winners of the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge Contest, chosen for her healthier version of Lincoln’s Inaugural Soup. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot reports.

07/18/2014

In this undated image provided by the U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl poses in front of an American flag. U.S. officials say Bergdahl, the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan, was exchanged for five Taliban commanders being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to published reports. Bergdahl is in stable condition at a Berlin hospital, according to the reports.  (Photo by U.S. Army via Getty Images)

Kirk: Soldier-For-Taliban Swap Should Be Investigated

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says Guantanamo Bay should be a “black hole” for terrorists and they should never get out.

06/20/2014

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Will Highways Become Tollways?

The federal gas tax – 18.4 cents a gallon — hasn’t gone up in 20 years, even though construction costs have. CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports.

06/05/2014

President Barack Obama. (Getty Images)

South Siders Resigned To Idea Obama Family May Not Return

A blog suggests the Obamas could be headed to New York City. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker finds a mix of understanding and disappointment on Chicago’s South Side.

06/02/2014

US President Barack Obama speaks about Syria from the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on August 31, 2013. Obama said Saturday he will ask the US Congress to authorize military action against Syria, lifting the threat of immediate strikes on President Bashar al-Assad's regime. Obama said he had decided he would go ahead and launch military action on Syria, but he believed it was important for American democracy to win the support of lawmakers. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Contest To Land Presidential Libary Begins, With Obama Friend At Helm

Hawaii, where Barack Obama was born, and Illinois, his longtime home, have been lobbying the Obamas both publicly and privately. New York, where Obama went to college, also has expressed interest.

01/31/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House on September 10, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (Photo by Evan Vucci-Pool/Getty Images)

Illinois Backs Obama Healthcare Fix, Asks Insurers To Extend Substandard Plans

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has announced Illinois will allow the one-year extension of existing health insurance plans proposed by President Barack Obama.

11/22/2013

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Beware Insurance Pitches Disguised As Obamacare

You may think you’re signing up for affordable health care, but experts say it could be a scheme to get you to enroll in something else. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

10/24/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is on hand Thursday to counter Republican spin at the party's convention in Tampa, Fla. (CBS)

White House Takes Blame For Durbin Facebook Controversy

On his Facebook page, Durbin claimed one GOP congressman flat-out insulted the President and said, “I cannot even stand to look at you.”

10/24/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks about the error-plagued launch of the Affordable Care Act's online enrollment website in the Rose Garden of the White House October 21, 2013 in Washington, DC. According to the White House, the president was joined by 'consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists who have either benefitted from the health care law already or are helping consumers learn about what the law means for them and how they can get covered. 'Despite the new health care law's website problems, Obama urged Americans not to be deterred from registering for Obamacare because of the technological problems that have plagued its rollout. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama Promises ACA Website Fix

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker talks with locals about continuing enrollment problems associated with the Affordable Care Act.

10/21/2013

Well-kept government secret: Michelle and Barack OBUMMER met at Walmart. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Horrible Horoscopes: Cancer

The stars know where you can find love, Cancer. Somewhere large and indoors. A place of perpetual sales and bright fluorescent lights. They employ your grandfather–a man who put in 40 years at the plant and deserves a break, dammit–as a door greeter making minimum wage. The amount of misery their employees go through is only rivaled by the amount of money you can save by shopping there.

03/11/2013

Crowds file past the open casket of Hadiya Pendleton Friday. (CBS)

Crowds Pay Respects To Hadiya Pendleton During Visitation

Funeral directors on Friday held the visitation for the 15-year-old Chicago teen who performed at President Obama’s inauguration festivities only to be gunned down days later on the South Side.

02/08/2013

President Barack Obama shooting at clay targets at Camp David. (Credit: White House)

White House Releases Photo Of Obama Firing Gun

The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama firing a gun, two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control.

02/02/2013

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (Credit: CBS)

Durbin Confident In Birth Control Compromise

The proposed federal rule would put the onus on health insurance companies to provide birth control to female employees of religious institutions.

02/01/2013

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Local High School Students To Attend Inauguration

14 local high school students are heading to Washington this morning to watch President Obama’s swearing in ceremony.

01/18/2013

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Walter’s Perspective: President’s Cabinet Male-Heavy

CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson says the Commander-in-Chief’s Cabinet stands to lose any sense of gender balance in his second term.

01/10/2013

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Obama Urging Illinois Legislature To Support Gay Marriage: Report

A spokesman for President Obama says the former Illinois state lawmaker is urging the General Assembly here to approve gay-marriage legislation, the Sun-Times is reporting.

12/29/2012

Deborah Tyson gets indigestion from thinking about politics this election season. (CBS)

Bombarded Voters Ready For Tuesday To End

Obama supporters and Romney backers at Manny’s Deli are united about one thing: They’re out of patience with all the politicking. CBS 2’s Mike Parker reports.

11/05/2012

President Obama; Mitt Romney, GOP challenger. (Brendan Hoffman, Justin Sullivan, respectively/Getty Images)

Sandy Could Seal — Or Sink — Obama’s Re-Election Bid

Crowds continued to cast early-voting ballots across Chicago Monday, even as President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, suspended campaign activities because of Hurricane Sandy.

10/29/2012

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