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President Obama jumps aboard Marine One after landing in Gary on his way to downtown Chicago on Wednesday night. | Scott Olson / Getty Images

Obama dining at RPM steak with Chicago pals

President Barack Obama is dining Wednesday night back home in Chicago at RPM Steak on Kinzie, joined by Chicago pals including Marty Nesbitt, the chair of the Obama Foundation, which is currently seeking detailed bids from four schools competing to host the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.

President Obama is greeted by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-IN, at Gary Chicago International Airport October 1, 2014 in Gary, Indiana.| Brendan Smialowski

Obama lands at Gary airport: helicopter to Soldier Field

Air Force One flying President Barack Obama back home landed at the Gary/Chicago airport on Wednesday night.

Michelle Obama in new ad: 'Barack and I' are voting for Quinn

WASHINGTON — A new radio spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released Wednesday, features First Lady Michelle Obama who plugs Quinn, saying, "Barack and I Are Casting Our Votes for Pat Quinn." The ad comes out the day before President Barack Obama headlines a fundraiser for Quinn in Chicago and appears with him at Northwestern University in Evanston, where Obama will deliver a speech on the economy. Mrs. Obama will underscore her message next week, when she rallies Democrats for Quinn in Chicago on Oct. 7.

Obama guidance & press schedule Oct. 1, 2014 — Netanyahu, Chicago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday meets with Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and lunches with Vice President Joe Biden before flying to the Gary/Chicago International Airport and heading to Chicago for the night.

President Barack Obama talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as they walk over to greet people after Obama arrived at O'Hare International Airport in May. | Susan Walsh/AP

Obama to use Gary airport, not O'Hare or Midway after FAA fire

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will fly in and out of the airport at Gary, Ind., on Wednesday and Thursday, in the wake of flight delays still plaguing O'Hare and Midway airports following an arson fire on Friday damaging the FAA radar facility in Aurora. 

Gov. Pat Quinn and his fellow Democrats are getting help from major unions, which are pumping money into a minimum-wage ballot initiative. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times

Labor using Illinois minimum wage question to drive Dem turnout

WASHINGTON — Major unions are pumping big money into a November ballot question on raising Illinois’ minimum wage, which in reality is a political tool to energize Democratic voters who are also more than likely to vote for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Democrats down the ticket.

President Barack Obama and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn order breakfast during a surprise visit to Valois Cafeteria in Chicago in May. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile Dems to hit city to raise cash, boost Quinn

WASHINGTON — Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has a string of high-profile surrogates hitting Chicago for him in the coming days to raise funds and rally the Democratic base: both Obamas, Virginia Gov.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is headlining Gov. Pat Quinn's fundraiser on Wednesday night. | AP file

Virginia Gov. McAuliffe headlines Gov. Quinn Chicago fundraiser

WASHINGTON — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and well known among high-end Chicago Democratic donors, headlines a fundraiser for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago on Wednesday evening.