Obama heads home to refocus on the economy
July 24th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
9 months ago

Obama heads home to refocus on the economy

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama returns to his home state of Illinois on Wednesday to kick off a series of speeches intended to shift the public conversation back to the economy.

The first speech in the series will take place at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where Obama delivered his first major economic address of his national political career eight years ago.
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Filed under: Economy • Illinois • President Obama
In Chicago, first lady says she's proud of her background
July 18th, 2013
03:27 PM ET
9 months ago

In Chicago, first lady says she's proud of her background

Chicago (CNN) – Returning to her hometown Thursday, first lady Michelle Obama personally helped cap off a year-long education and employment program benefiting Chicago inner-city students.

Some of the high school seniors attending the event as part of the Urban Alliance Chicago program are from neighborhoods close to where the first lady herself was raised.
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Filed under: Illinois • Michelle Obama
July 14th, 2013
10:45 AM ET
9 months ago

Illinois governor jabs Perry’s ‘favorite subject’

(CNN) – Roommates can be the worst.

Take it from Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, who on Sunday relayed his experience bunking with Gov. Rick Perry of Texas.
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Filed under: Illinois • Rick Perry • Texas
Illinois Gov. to legislators: No pension reform, no pay
July 10th, 2013
02:59 PM ET
10 months ago

Illinois Gov. to legislators: No pension reform, no pay

(CNN) – An exasperated Illinois governor Wednesday suspended pay for state legislators until they pass employee pension reform for state workers.

Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, issued a line item veto to a budget bill, House Bill 214, suspending the pay of all members of the state legislature. The veto came after the general assembly again failed to pass pension reform.
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Filed under: Illinois • State Legislatures
Illinois becomes 50th state to allow concealed weapons
July 9th, 2013
09:37 PM ET
10 months ago

Illinois becomes 50th state to allow concealed weapons

(CNN) - Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow the carrying of concealed weapons in public on Tuesday.

Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, vetoed the legislation, but the Illinois General Assembly overrode the governor. The law allows the state to distribute permits for the carrying of firearms in public if applicants meet certain requirements.
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Filed under: Gun control • Illinois
Former Illinois governor released from custody
July 3rd, 2013
12:16 PM ET
10 months ago

Former Illinois governor released from custody

(CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan has been released from federal custody, according to Bureau of Prisons spokesperson, Chris Burke.

Ryan had been on home confinement for the past five months in Kankakee, Illinois. He will now be on supervised release for the next year.
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Filed under: Illinois
Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid
June 11th, 2013
10:32 AM ET
11 months ago

Former Obama chief of staff launches exploratory governor bid

(CNN) – Bill Daley, who served as President Barack Obama's chief of staff for one year between 2011 and 2012, announced Tuesday he was launching an exploratory bid for Illinois governor.

"The people of Illinois are paying a price for political failure," Daley said in a video announcing his campaign, pointing to stalled pension reform and marriage equality bills in the state legislature.
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Filed under: Illinois • President Obama • William Daley
Prosecutors want 4 year sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr.
June 7th, 2013
03:31 PM ET
11 months ago

Prosecutors want 4 year sentence for Jesse Jackson Jr.

Washington (CNN) – Federal prosecutors want former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. to receive a sentence of four years in prison for misuse of $750,000 in campaign funds, which he used to cover personal expenses.

A government sentencing memo released Friday also calls for Jackson to pay back that money to the campaign and asks for the forfeiture of some of Jackson’s assets to do so.
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Filed under: Illinois • Jesse Jackson Jr.
Former Miss America steps into House race
Erika Harold speaks at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York City.
June 4th, 2013
01:27 PM ET
11 months ago

Former Miss America steps into House race

(CNN) – Erika Harold, who won the 2003 Miss America pageant, announced Tuesday she's mounting a Republican primary challenge to Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois.

She's the second former holder of the Miss America crown to publicly eye a spot on Capitol Hill – in May, the 2000 winner Heather French Henry said she was considering jumping into the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, which could see her pitted against Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
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Filed under: Congress • Illinois
Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’
May 29th, 2013
09:34 PM ET
11 months ago

Obama: Washington can still be ‘fixed’

Chicago (CNN) - Speaking at a political fundraiser, President Barack Obama promised Wednesday to work tirelessly to convince the American people that Democrats’ ideas are the right ones.

But at the same time, he attempted to strike a bipartisan tone, acknowledging that while Washington may appear broken, “it can be fixed.”
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Filed under: DCCC • Illinois • President Obama
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