Tucked away in downtown Naperville, just a few blocks apart, are the campaign offices of Democrat Rep. Bill Foster and his Republican rival, state Rep. Darlene Senger. Senger’s folks work from rooms with a pleasant view of the DuPage River in a building facing a wrecking ball in a few months. Foster’s staff sits, for now, in a tiny, stuffy cell hidden behind a barber shop. As the Senger and Foster teams crank up for the November election from their outposts, Foster starts with a commanding lead in the money race to win. Senger has almost nothing in her war chest.
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President Barack Obama has a quiet Easter weekend; no public events planned.
Rep. Aaron Schock R-Ill. departed Friday on an official trip running through April 27 to Japan, South Korea and China traveling with, among others, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor R-Va. and Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan R-Wisc., Mitt Romney's 2012 vice presidential running mate.
On Friday, President Barack Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, the top leaders of the American Legion and in the fun part, presents a trophy to the United States Naval Academy football team in the Rose Garden.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (left) and Rahm Emanuel at a hearing on the Obama presidential library on Thursday at the Bilandic Building,160 N. LaSalle, in Chicago. | Al Podgorski/Sun-Times Media
The team of rivals angling to land the Obama presidential library and museum — Chicago State University, the University of Chicago and University of Illinois at Chicago — united on Thursday to encourage the state of Illinois to appropriate $100 million for the project, to help lure it to the city. With little discussion and with no opposition, a state House panel advanced to the House floor the Obama library $100 million sweetener championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.
High school students from Chicago laugh as Michelle Obama makes a rectangle symbol, representing the women's quad, in response to cheering from students at Howard University in Washington. The first lady joined juniors and seniors from Chicago public high schools on the first day of their four-day visit to Howard University, as part of a program to immerse talented high school students in a college campus environment. | AP Photo
At Howard University, not far from the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and rapper and actor Bow Wow met with a group of 37 Chicago public high school juniors and seniors — including from her alma mater, Whitney Young — on Thursday, on campus to participate in a Chicago-centric program to encourage them to attend college.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., left, talks with Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the newly-renovated International Terminal 5 is unveiled at O'Hare International Airport earlier this month. (AP file photo)
Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill. has stockpiled $6,062,115.91 in his political warchest, overwhelming the $256,447 cash-on-hand of his November election GOP rival, state Sen. Jim Oberweis R-Sugar Grove, according to the latest reports filed with the Federal Election Commission for the quarter ending March 31.
LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) arrive in the Great Hall at the LBJ Presidential Library on the third day of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library April 10, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ricardo Brazziell-Pool/Getty Images)
An Illinois state House panel on Thursday advanced a plan championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to appropriate $100 million in state funds to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago.
For the first time, the players angling for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum in Chicago are surfacing in public — testifying Thursday morning at an Illinois State House hearing for a proposal backed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan D-Chicago to bolster local bids by having the state appropriate $100 million "from the Capital Development Fund to the Capital Development Board for the construction of a presidential library and museum dedicated to the legacy of President Barack Obama."
President Barack Obama on Thursday at the White House meets with vets participating in the Wounded Warriors Soldier Ride and then huddles with representatives of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and with insurance executives.
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