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Oberweis, Durbin stumping on Labor Day

WASHINGTON — Labor Day marks the start of campaigns kicking up activity, and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and his GOP challenger Jim Oberweis are on the stump today. 

Obama guidance & press schedule, Aug. 30, 31, 2014

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Saturday travels to Westchester County, not far from New York City.  It's not on the schedule but the trip is for the president and first lady Michelle to attend the wedding of their personal White House chef and food policy advisor Sam Kass, a Chicagoan who is marrying MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

Obama taps Chicago's Jim Crown for 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.