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  • Report: Thompson retiring from Chicago law firm Feb 24, 2015 2:10 PM
    Former Governor James R. Thompson is retiring from Wiston & Strawn law firm at the end of next year, Crain's Chicago Business is reporting. Thompson, who served as governor from 1977 to 1991, joined the firm 25 years ago.

  • Obama spells out national security blueprint Feb 6, 2015 3:44 PM
    President Obama’s critics have accused the president of putting his desire to keep the U.S. out of overseas conflicts ahead of the need for more robust action against the world’s bad actors.

  • Biden expected to miss Netanyahu speech to Congress Feb 6, 2015 3:13 PM
    The White House had previously announced that President Obama would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while he is in Washington due to the proximity of his trip to the Israeli elections and the administration’s desire to avoid the appearance of taking sides. This week, officials began laying the groundwork for the prospect that Biden would skip the speech, nothing that he also missed a joint meeting of Congress in 2011 because of foreign travel.

  • Budget battle looms between president, Congress Jan 31, 2015 5:21 PM
    President Obama’s plan will contain familiar prescriptions. He wants higher taxes on upper bracket earners and the oil and gas industry. He is proposing new initiatives for education and child care. He is pitching investments in roads, bridges and other projects. And he is pushing for increases for annual agency operating budgets.

  • What issues roil Washington? Obama’s veto threats are clues Jan 23, 2015 11:12 AM
    President Barack Obama has a telling hit list. The veto threats that he’s issued over the last three weeks are a microcosm of American politics, representing the roiling issues of the day, the power struggle playing out between Congress and the White House, and even the pique between the president and GOP congressional leaders.

  • Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power Jan 21, 2015 8:37 AM
    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address marked a sweet spot in his presidency when economic signs and his own personal approval are on the rise. He made sure to capitalize, taking credit for policies he said raised the country out of its recession. But sweet spots are by definition fleeting — moments in time that can just as quickly sour.

  • Obama’s tax proposals get cool reception from GOP lawmakers Jan 19, 2015 9:58 AM
    Republican lawmakers are already signaling they will do what they can to block President Barack Obama’s pitch for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans. Obama is making that pitch to a huge television audience in hopes of putting the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

  • 5 goals from Obama’s 2014 State of the Union: Yay or Nay? Jan 19, 2015 9:58 AM
    President Barack Obama used his last State of the Union to declare 2014 a “Year of Action,” and he can claim credit for accomplishing several of the goals he laid out. The smaller ones. That’s because while he was able to check off most of what he promised to do through executive action in last year’s speech, Obama was unable in the bitterly partisan election year to get Congress to go along with the bigger plans he had for the country that required their approval.

  • Outgoing Gov. Quinn takes looks back, offers hints at future Jan 6, 2015 6:43 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn is characterizing his tenure as one of fairness — trying to create jobs by inking a capital construction plan, legalizing same-sex marriage and ending Illinois’ death penalty — and hinted Tuesday that he’ll stay focused on that principle by returning to his activist roots after leaving office.

  • Walker draws contrast with federal government in speech Jan 5, 2015 12:37 PM
    Gov. Scott Walker argued during his inaugural address kicking off his second term in office on Monday that his record in Wisconsin stands in contrast to that of the federal government, an increasingly common theme of his as he eyes a run for the White House next year. “We’ve shown why the founders of this great nation looked to the states — and not the federal government — as the source of hope for this exceptional country,” the Republican Walker said after being sworn in. “We will not let them down.”

  • Policies of GOP governors could find national play Dec 27, 2014 8:42 AM
    One group of potential candidates for president probably won’t be shuffling off to Iowa, New Hampshire or other early campaign spots in the new year. They’ll be hunkered down in statehouses across the Midwest, pushing bills through their legislatures. Few outside their home states will notice, but these governors and their policies could wind up in the national campaign picture.

  • Clinton economic approach under scrutiny Dec 27, 2014 8:43 AM
    If Hillary Rodham Clinton seeks the White House again, her message on the economy could be an important barometer as she courts fellow Democrats. Members of her party are watching closely how the former secretary of state outlines steps to address income inequality and economic anxieties for middle-class families.

  • Sanders: I’ll decide on presidential run by March Dec 26, 2014 7:19 AM
    Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders says he’ll decide by March whether to launch a 2016 presidential campaign and, if so, whether he’ll seek the Democratic nomination. Either way, Sanders says he wouldn’t run just to nudge the debate to the left.

  • A look at the biggest donors of the 2014 election Dec 23, 2014 11:39 AM
    Big-dollar donors helped inject hundreds of millions into the 2014 midterm federal elections. Here's a look at some of the biggest donors of the election cycle.

  • Blagojevich brother: I was a ‘pawn’ to get then-governor Dec 22, 2014 5:40 PM
    The brother of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.

  • Longtime Chicago alderman Stone dies at 87 Dec 22, 2014 2:47 PM
    Former longtime Chicago Alderman Bernie Stone has died. Chicago Jewish Funerals’ Skokie Chapel says a funeral service will be held at noon on Tuesday. One of Stone’s daughters, Ilana Feketitsch, tells the Chicago Sun-Times ( that her father died at a suburban hospital early Monday from health problems after a fall over the weekend. He was 87. Feketitsch says her father loved his job and serving people. Stone served in the City Council for nearly 40 years, representing a ward on the city’s North Side. During his tenure, he was known for being outspoken, particularly against late Chicago Mayor Harold Washington. Stone was a Democrat but briefly joined the Republican Party in the 1980s. He lost his council seat in 2011 to Debra Silverstein.

  • Congresswoman speaks at Bradley graduation Dec 21, 2014 11:12 AM
    U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly told graduates at Bradley University that changing the world requires dedication and patience.

  • Images: Judy Baar Topinka through the years Dec 10, 2014 8:53 AM
    Images of Judy Baar Topkina through the years. The Illinois comptroller died early Wednesday. She was 70.

  • Obama, Illinois politicians stunned by Topinka’s death Dec 10, 2014 6:56 PM
    People from across the state react to Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka's death

  • Rauner, experts speculate on filling comptroller post Dec 10, 2014 10:14 PM
    The Illinois Constitution says the governor must appoint someone to fill the role of Illinois comptroller in the wake of Judy Baar Topinka's sudden death on Wednesday. But it's not clear how long the appointee would be in office, and what happens given Bruce Rauner takes over as governor in January.

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