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President Obama and Gov. Pat Quinn eat at Valois in May 2014.

Obama Expected To Attend Quinn Fundraiser Wednesday

President Barack Obama’s popularity might be wavering nationally, but it’s still pretty high in Illinois, and Gov. Pat Quinn was welcoming the president’s appearance at what’s expected to be a campaign fundraiser on Wednesday.

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University Of Chicago, UIC Named Finalists For Barack Obama Presidential Library

The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois-Chicago were both named finalists to host Barack Obama’s presidential library.

09/15/2014

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk discusses his recovery from a stroke, a day before he returns to work at the U.S. Capitol. Kirk suffered the stroke on Jan. 23, 2012, and underwent extensive rehabilitation before his scheduled return to the Senate on Jan. 3, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Kirk Urges Republican Colleagues Not To Play Politics With Military Action Against ISIS

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk is warning fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill against trying to score political points over President Obama’s plan to attack and destroy the Islamic State terrorists, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

09/11/2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on September 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes 'wherever they exist', Obama pledged to lead a broad coalition to fight IS and work with 'partner forces' on the ground in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

Obama Calls For Airstrikes To Combat ISIS

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Opening a new military front in the Middle East, President Barack Obama authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time Wednesday night, along with expanded strikes in Iraq as part of […]

09/10/2014

Dick Durbin

Durbin: Blame House GOP, Not Obama For Immigration Reform Delay

Some advocates for comprehensive immigration reform have expressed outrage that President Barack Obama won’t take executive action to impose reforms until after the fall elections, but U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he won’t criticize the president’s decision.

09/09/2014

Shiite Muslim fighters from the Saraya al-Salam  (Peace Brigades), a group formed by Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and tasked with defending the holy sites of Shiite Islam, brandish their weapons as they hold a position on the Jurf al-Sakhr front line, the scene of heavy fighting against advancing Jihadist militants and fighters of the Islamic State (IS), south of the capital Baghdad, on August 18, 2014. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Durbin Expects Congress To OK Military Resources To Combat ISIS

As President Barack Obama prepared to outline an expanded U.S. campaign to defeat an ultra-violent militant group in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was offering a few ideas on what the president should include in his speech.

09/08/2014

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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.

08/27/2014

James Foley on assignment in Aleppo, Syria. (Credit:  Nicole Tung)

Obama Condemns James Foley’s Execution, Calls ISIS ‘Cowardly’

A visibly angry President Barack Obama condemned the beheading of veteran journalist and Northwestern University alum James Foley as “an act of violence that shocks the conscience of the entire world.”

08/20/2014

President Barack Obama's great uncle Charles Payne and his wife Melanie, leave after celebrations marking the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald Nazi concentration camp outside Weimar April 11, 2010. Over 50.000 prisoners -Jews, non-Jewish Poles and Slovenes, religious and political prisoners, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah's Witnesses, criminals, homosexuals, and prisoners of war- died in the camp between 1937 and 1945. (Photo credit: JENS SCHLUETER/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama’s Great Uncle, Charles Payne, Dies

President Barack Obama’s great uncle, Charles T. Payne, a World War II veteran and chemical engineer turned library pioneer, has died at the age of 89.

08/12/2014

Congressman Luis Gutierrez calls on President Barack Obama to use his executive powers to stop deportations. (Credit: CBS)

Gutierrez Urges Obama To Take Immediate Action To Halt Deportations

Joined by several families facing deportation, U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) on Tuesday demanded President Barack Obama take “immediate” action that would prevent those families and others from being torn apart.

07/08/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Davis To Obama: ‘Do Everything In Your Power’ To Avoid Another Iraq War

One of President Obama’s staunchest allies in Congress is expressing concerns about the Administration’s plans to send some military personnel to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

06/17/2014

Iraqi tribesmen carry their weapons as they gather, volunteering to fight along side the Iraqi security forces against Jihadist militants who have taken over northern Iraqi cities, on June 14, 2014, in the capital Baghdad. Leading Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani urged Iraqis on June 13 to take up arms against Sunni militants marching on Baghdad, as thousands volunteered to bolster the capital's defenses. (Photo credit: ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk: Obama “Not Up To This Job” In Violence-Torn Iraq

As extremist militants tightened their grip on northern Iraq, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) said he believes President Barack Obama isn’t up to the task of ending the violence and protecting American interests, and needs to overhaul his national security team.

06/16/2014

This 23-acre site in North Lawndale has been proposed as a possible home for the Obama Presidential Library, as part of a bid by the University of Illinois at Chicago. (Credit: CBS)

UIC Adds North Lawndale Site To Bid For Obama Library

Community activists have teamed up with the University of Illinois at Chicago to promote a 23-acre site in North Lawndale as a place to put the Obama Presidential Library.

06/16/2014

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Clout-Heavy Firm Had Key Job In Illinois’ Obamacare Rollout

A key subcontractor working on the campaign to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law in Illinois is a Chicago political strategy consulting firm owned by three former aides to some of the state’s most-powerful Democrats.

06/13/2014

Coal-Fired Power Plant

Democrats, Environmentalists Rally In Support Of Obama’s Plan To Cut Carbon Emissions

Environmentalists and Democratic political leaders gathered in Chicago to build a coalition they think will be needed to put the president’s climate change proposal into action.

06/02/2014

President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (L) as he arrives at Chicago O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinios, August 3, 2011. (Photo credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Norway Diplomat: Emanuel Irked By Peace Prize For Obama

A senior Norwegian diplomat says his country’s former ambassador to the United States was given a verbal lashing by Barack Obama’s chief of staff when the president was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009.

05/15/2014

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Federal Climate Change Report Warns Of Increasing Harms

CBS 2 Meteorologist Mary Kay Kleist reports the findings in the National Climate Assessment released by the White House concluded U.S. temperatures have risen nearly 2 degrees since 1895, with most of that rise coming since 1970.

05/06/2014

US President Barack Obama departs after making a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

House Panel Takes Second Vote On $100M For Obama Library

An Illinois House committee has voted a second time to approve $100 million in state funding to bring Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum to Illinois.

04/30/2014

Ukrainian policeman and soldiers in a tank stand guard at their newly erected checkpoint near the eastern Ukrainain city of Slavyansk on April 25, 2014. Ukraine's army on April 25 launched an operation to ensnare pro-Russia militants in the flashpoint eastern city of Slavyansk in a bid to prevent reinforcements and keep civilian casualties down, authorities said. (Photo credit: GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

After Visit To Ukraine, Quigley Urges Caution From White House

After returning from a visit to Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Illinois) said the smallest spark could push the nation into war with Russia.

04/25/2014

US President Barack Obama departs after making a statement to the press on April 2, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois, on the shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Learns Of Ft. Hood Shootings During Chicago Fundraiser

The President learned about the shootings at Fort Hood right in the middle of a fundraiser at a restaurant on the Chicago River.

04/02/2014

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