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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

Madigan wants city to unite behind location for Obama library

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

Michelle Obama meets with Chicago public high school students

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)

Durbin has massive cash advantage over Oberweis

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)

Obama presidential library: Panel advances $100 million boost

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.

First ever Obama Presidential Library hearing: Who is testifying

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." 

Obama guidance & press schedule April 17, 2014: Wounded Warriors

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.

Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill. (second from right) talks about his "stroke agenda," a quest to win more federal funding for stroke research and victim assistance during a news conference Wednesday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital-Prentice Women's Hospital. With him Dr. Richard A. Bernstein (left), of Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine; Dr. Shyam Prabhakaran, of Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones, of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Sen. Mark Kirk pushing his "stroke agenda"

Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., suffered a stroke on Jan. 21, 2012 and he spent almost the entire next year recovering, returning to the Capitol on Jan. 4, 2013 with a newfound interest in stroke research.  Kirk on Wednesday met with a team of doctors to discuss his "stroke agenda, " a quest to win more federal funding for stroke research and victim assistance.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk R-Ill., talks about why he's campaigning for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Jim Oberweis on Wednesday during a news conference in Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times

Why Kirk is now campaigning for Oberweis for U.S. Senate seat

After distancing himself from GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis last month — and saying he wanted to “preserve” his relationship with Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and not engage in a “partisan jihad” — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., in a switch said Wednesday he will campaign for Oberweis. “I was already at the Lake County Republican dinner last week with him,” said Kirk.