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President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address from the Cross Hall of the White House on Sept. 10, vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes "wherever they exist." On Monday, the finalists for the Obama library and museum were announced: the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii. | Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images

Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — for Obama library

Members of the anti-war activist group CodePink interrupt a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. | AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Dempsey: Don't rule out ground troops to fight Islamic extremists

The nation's top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama's expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

WATCH: Second City puts out Pat Quinn parody ad

We've seen some wacky and hilarious campaign ads during this election cycle, not only in Illinois, but across the nation. But it's hard to compete with the latest entry, which is a parody ad put out by Second City and takes aim at Quinn.


Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Sierra Leone accused the World Health Organization on Monday of being “sluggish” in facilitating an evacuation of a doctor who died from Ebola before she could be sent out of the country for medical care. | AP Photo

Five things to know about U.S. response to Ebola crisis

Here's a look at some of the initiatives President Barack Obama is announcing to ramp up the U.S. response to West Africa's Ebola crisis:

Video of lawmaker's epic tirade resurfaces in House race

A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving and an oddly placed reference to Moses. And now, that video is getting some new life.

Obama guidance, press schedule, Sept. 16, 2014. ISIL, Ebola

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Tuesday gets a briefing on efforts to form an international coalition to fight ISIL then heads to Atlanta visit the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "where he will receive a briefing on the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa" and "receive an update on the respiratory illness reported in several states in the Midwest," including Illinois.

Liberian Red Cross health workers wearing protective suits arrive to carry a body of a victim of the Ebola virus on September 12. | Zoom Dosso/Getty Images

U.S. to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa's Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

Gov. Pat Quinn says his response to allegations of political hiring in the Department of Transportation has been "prompt, appropriate and aimed at a long-term solution to preventing any such improprieties in the future." | AP

Quinn: Monitor not needed to oversee state hiring

Gov. Pat Quinn contended in a federal court filing late Monday that a court-appointed monitor is not necessary to ensure compliance with political hiring bans, as suggested by an anti-patronage attorney.