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A resident of Des Plaines walks through floodwater to get to his home on Friday. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Governor Asks For 11 Counties To Be Named Federal Disaster Areas

On Thursday, the entire Illinois congressional delegation and Gov. Quinn asked President Obama for federal flood-relief funds.

05/09/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama announces that he will nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary. (Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Obama Taps Penny Pritzker As Commerce Secretary

Another Chicagoan could soon join President Barack Obama’s Cabinet. The president nominated billionaire and longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker to be the next U.S. Commerce Secretary.

05/02/2013

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Hearing On Controversial EPA Plan To Reduce Car Pollution Being Held In Chicago

The Obama Administration is holding a second and final public hearing today in Chicago on its controversial plan to sharply cut air pollution from cars, starting in 2017.

04/29/2013

This video grab taken from North Korean TV on March 20, 2013 shows a Self-Propelled Suface to Air Missile during North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's overseeing of a live fire military drill using drones and cruise missile interceptors. (Photo credit: NORTH KOREAN TV/AFP/Getty Images)

Kirk Backs Obama’s Strategy On North Korea Threats

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said he’s concerned about the increasing tensions between North Korea and the United States and its allies.

WBBM Newsradio–04/05/2013

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President Obama Picks Indiana To Win NCAA Title

President Barack Obama is picking Indiana to go all the way in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

CBS Chicago–03/20/2013

President Barack Obama (C) is briefed about an electric car by researcher Henning Lohse-Busch at a tour of the Argonne National Laboratory in Argonne, Illinois, on March 15, 2013 before speaking on American energy. (Photo credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama Tours Argonne National Laboratory, Proposes $2B In Research

The president spent time Friday at several stations at the facility that research how cars use energy.

03/15/2013

Penny Pritzker, a member of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and the National Finance Chairwoman of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, stands outside as US President Barack Obama meets with US military veterans at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Oregon, July 24, 2012. (Photo credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)

Pritzker Resigns From School Board; Obama Cabinet Next?

Chicago businesswoman Penny Pritzker has resigned from the Chicago Board of Education.

03/14/2013

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No Deal To Delay Sequestration Cuts, Illinois Could Be Hit Hard

With no deal in sight to avoid $85 billion in automatic federal budget cuts – known as the sequester – airports could see delays, some public services might be disrupted, and many federal workers could be forced to take lower pay, layoffs, or mandatory furloughs.

03/01/2013

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Murder Charges Filed In Death Of Teen Whose Sister Attended Obama Gun Violence Speech

Murder charges have been filed against a man in connection with the shooting death of Janay McFarlane, 18, who was gunned down Friday just hours after her sister stood on stage with President Barack Obama as he delivered an address against violence.

02/20/2013

President Barack Obama speaks about gun violence as well as the economy at Hyde Park Academy in Chicago on February 15, 2013. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama To Students: Stronger Gun Laws, Economic Measures Will Make Streets Safer

President Barack Obama made a pitch for tighter firearms controls as well as economic measures that he says could improve young peoples’ safety in the long run.

CBS Chicago–02/15/2013

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2 Locals Among Guests At State Of The Union Address

Two Chicago area residents have received invitations to attend President Obama’s State of the Union address, for markedly different reasons.

02/11/2013

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama said the focal point his speech is the central mission of our country, and his central focus as president, including "rebuilding an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded."  (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Local Gun Control Advocate To Attend State Of The Union Address

Carolyn Murray was invited to the State of the Union by U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill).

WBBM Newsradio–02/08/2013

Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about the murder of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honor student who had performed with her school band at President Barack Obama's inauguration. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Chokes Up Discussing Teen’s Murder: ‘She Is What Is Best In Our City’

An emotional Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the 15-year-old girl who was shot and killed in Kenwood, a week after performing with her school band at President Obama’s inaugural, was “what is best in our city,” and the gunman who killed her was a “punk.”

01/30/2013

Chicago police show off firearms seized in the Calumet District on the Far South Side, where officers have seized more guns than any other police district in the city. (Credit: CBS)

Police Stand By Crime Strategies After Bloody Weekend

Eight people were slain in various shootings in Chicago over the weekend, but Chicago police maintain their crime-fighting strategies are working.

01/28/2013

The White House viewed through a gate in front of the building. (Photo credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

With Inauguration Over, Obama Administration Returns To Work

The focus returned to hot button issues like gun control, for which U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel have been pushing hard. Some Democrats in Congress have been hoping for compromise on at least part of their agenda.

CBS 2–01/22/2013

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Hundreds Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration, King Holiday At DuSable Museum

Though it was Obama’s second inauguration, there was no less enthusiasm from the crowd, which stood and cheered as they watched a live telecast of the inaugural proceedings.

CBS 2–01/21/2013

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Obama’s Inauguration On King Holiday Carries Dual Significance

With President Barack Obama’s second inauguration coming on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday has been a day of special significance for African-Americans.

CBS 2–01/21/2013

Firearms for sale at an area gun shop. (CBS)

Emanuel, Quinn, Preckwinkle Laud President’s Gun Control Plan

The president announced he will press Congress to pass legislation requiring background checks on all gun purchases; reinstate the ban on military-style assault weapons; renew a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines; and prohibit the possession, transfer, manufacture, or import of armor-piercing bullets.

CBS Chicago–01/16/2013

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Shyne Threatens Obama With “Kanye West Meltdown” Over Chicago Murders

Former Diddy protégé Shyne has gone on a Twitter tear against the president. The Belize-born rapper has been calling out President Barack Obama for not doing more to curb the murder rate in the president’s hometown of […]

01/14/2013

President Barack Obama announces that he is making an administration-wide effort to solve gun violence and has tapped Vice President Joseph Biden to lead the effort in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Obama’s Call For New Gun Control Will Have Plenty Of Backing In Chicago

President Barack Obama on Wednesday pledged to move quickly on tightening gun control laws. He formed a task force to give him recommendations within a month.

CBS 2–12/19/2012

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