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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden listen as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks during a press conference to announce Hagel's departure at the White House on Nov. 24, 2014, in Washington, DC. Hagel will remain at his post until a successor is named. | Mandel Ngan/AFP PHOTO/Getty Images

Under pressure, Hagel steps down as Pentagon chief

President Barack Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has concluded it's an "appropriate time" for him to complete his service.

Obama guidance & press schedule Nov. 24, 2014. Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Nobel prize winners, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and awards the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Chicago's political and civic legend, Abner Mikva -  five-term Congressman; Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; White House Counsel for former President Bill Clinton;  law professor at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois.

Valerie Jarrett last week in New York City | Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images

Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner's request on immigration

President Barack Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a “very public push” on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told Lynn Sweet.

 
Governor-elect Bruce Rauner and Pastor Corey Brooks gave away Thanksgiving turkeys and trimmings to 3,500 families at New Beginnings Church on Sunday. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

Rauner, Brooks hand out turkeys and trimmings

Governor-elect Bruce Rauner said "Happy Thanksgiving!" several hundred times Sunday afternoon, with each utterance accompanied by a free frozen turkey for throngs of people who lined up at a South Side church for fixings and a bird.

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and supporters rallied at Alhambra Palace Restaurant on the Near West Side on Sunday. | Jon Seidel/Sun-Times

Garcia says he has 60,000 signatures for mayoral run

Declared mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia promised to unite Chicago's neighborhoods Sunday as he set out to challenge Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February.

Supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House on Friday. | AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File

Is there a way for GOP to defuse immigration issue?

DENVER — Republicans in search of a way to oppose President Barack Obama's moves on immigration without alienating the nation's fast-growing population of Hispanic voters can find a playbook in Colorado.

Workers process petitions as they are handed in Sunday afternoon. | Brian Slodysko/Sun-Times Media

Coalition pushing advisory vote for elected CPS board

Critics of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his hand-selected school board announced Sunday that they have gathered enough petition signatures to place an advisory referendum on the ballot, asking if members of Chicago Public Schools' board should be elected.

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.

Obama dismisses GOP criticism on immigration

In an interview on ABC's "This Week," President Barack Obama said it was important that he act unilaterally to prioritize the deportation of criminals and recent arrivals and spare those who have lived here illegally for at least five years and have roots, including children who are American citizens.