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Obama taps Chicago's Jim Crown in Intelligence Board

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday tapped Chicago industrialist James Crown to a spot on the President's Intelligence Advisory Board. Crown is a longtime friend and was an Illinois co-finance chair for Obama's 2008 presidential campaign.

Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jim Oberweis talks to reporters at the Illinois State Fair on Republican Day, Aug. 13, in Springfield. | Jessica Koscielniak/Sun-Times

Oberweis pushing for debates with Durbin

WASHINGTON — GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis is trying to pressure Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., to participate in seven televised debates before November — as his campaign is focusing on African-Americans on the South Side of Chicago, an untraditional place to seek Republican votes.

Billy Lawless, a Chicago restaurant owner and immigration rights advocate, became a U.S. citizen in July. | Sun-Times library

Obama set to take action on immigration by end of September

Sources who have been in meetings at the White House said the decision for Obama to act has been made, legal reviews have been conducted, and “right now it is a question of timing, scale, how to pay for it and how to make it work.”

Gutierrez on Obama's expected immigration executive order

WASHINGTON — With President Barack Obama expected to sign a much anticipated executive order on immigration in a few weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said Monday that a lot of organizing work needs to be done to help eligible illegal immigrants sign up for expected programs to let them stay in the U.S. legally.

Jill Biden in Chicago to talk about military families

WASHINGTON — Dr. Jill Biden flies to Chicago on Monday morning with Vice President Joe Biden. While he is off at political stops, Dr. Biden will deliver remarks at a lunch with spouses of past and present Adjutants General of the Army and Air National Guard.

Obama guidance, press schedule Aug. 25, 2014: 'Vacation' over

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  The First Family returned to the White House on Sunday after a two week vacation on Martha's Vineyard puncuated by a brief return to the White House and dealing with the Islamic State after it beheaded a U.S. journalist and with protestors  in Ferguson, Missouri, reacting to the fatal shooting of teen Michael Brown by a police officer. And yes, lots of golf.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on voting rights at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas on July 23. Biden will be in Chicago on Monday to headline fundraisers for Gov. Pat Quinn and the House Democratic political operation and to pitch a minimum wage increase with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. | John Locher/AP

Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday as 2016 presidential politics are percolating. If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not run for president, Biden is the strongest alternative. Biden’s day trip to the city is to headline fundraisers for Gov. Pat Quinn and the House Democratic political operation and to pitch a minimum wage increase with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.