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Michelle Obama in new spot for Quinn as Steinem stumps for gov

WASHINGTON — A new spot for Gov. Pat Quinn, released on Friday, features first lady Michelle Obama urging folks to "let’s just get this done and vote for Pat Quinn," a message aimed at turning out the Democratic base vote: women, minorities and youths. Also Friday, feminist author and Democratic activist Gloria Steinem stumps for Quinn in Chicago at an event with female leaders.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., speaks to reporters after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus regarding immigration reform at the White House in July. (AP File Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Hispanic activists pushing Rep. Gutierrez 2016 presidential draft

WASHINGTON—A group of Hispanic activists are organizing a “draft” of  Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill.,to run for president if President Barack Obama does not issue executive orders to curb deportations by Thanksgiving, even though Gutierrez already said he backs Hillary Clinton if she jumps into the 2016 race.

Foster running science guy spot in race against Senger

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bill Foster D-Ill., a physicist, is running his first television spot in his race against state Rep. Darlene Senger, an upbeat piece starting Friday that portrays him as a little boy fixing an old TV set - with dials - and as a young scientist studying proton decay.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (left) jokes about getting only one page of paper for notes before his debate with his challenger, Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis, during Wednesday night's debate. | Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

At Durbin debate, Oberweis flips, says he now backs gay marriage

WASHINGTON — GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis said he would support a federal marriage-equality measure at Wednesday’s debate with rival Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., after voting against a gay-marriage bill as a state senator and maintaining his opposition throughout his Senate bid.

Biden in Chicago for Illinois Democrats, Colorado senator

UPDATED...(Biden returns to Illinois Monday) WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden travels to Chicago on Wednesday to headline a get-out-the-vote rally for Rep. Brad Schneider and fellow Democrats Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. The rally is in Vernon Hills, in Schneider's 10th congressional district.

President Obama votes at the Matin Luther King Jr. Community Center on Monday morning. | Brian Slodysko / Sun-Times

Obama casts his vote early in Chicago

President Barack Obama has cast his vote early  on the South Side for the 2014 midterm elections.