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President Barack Obama addresses a crowd at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in Los Angeles on Thursday. | Ed Crisostomo/Orange County Register/Pool photo

Obama takes on ‘corporate deserters’ in push to close loophole

President Barack Obama called companies that re-incorporate overseas to avoid taxes “corporate deserters” on Thursday, stepping up a drive to close a tax loophole that could affect deals already in the works for Walgreens and AbbVie, two giant firms headquartered in Chicago’s suburbs.

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Michelle Obama headlines Chicago fundraiser today

Updated...WASHINGTON — First Lady Michelle Obama headlines a fundraiser in hometown Chicago today to benefit the Democratic National Committee and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will be attending.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D) | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Durbin warns Walgreens not to 'turn its back' on the U.S.

WASHINGTON—Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill.  wrote a stinging letter to the chairman of Walgreens on Tuesday as the Deerfield-based company votes soon on whether to relocate its headquarters to Switzerland to avoid U.S. taxes. 

Obama to award medals to Chicago's Joan Harris, Darlene Hine

WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Barack Obama will award the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities medals to Chicagoans Joan Harris, a philanthropist and arts patron and historian Darlene Clark Hine.

Paul Lewis, along with 51 other Americans, was taken hostage Nov. 4, 1979 in Tehran. | Sun-Times Library

Unfinished business for former Iran hostage

WASHINGTON — He was my hostage. I was his reporter. After 444 days as one of 52 hostages held captive in Tehran, seized by Iranian militants, Marine Sgt. Paul Lewis was released on Jan. 20, 1981. Lewis was soon back in Homer, the small Illinois town about 20 miles east of Champaign-Urbana where he was raised. The day after the town threw Lewis a parade, I interviewed him in his parents’ living room about his ordeal.