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Roskam mapping next House chapter, doubling down on fundraising

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., is talking about his failed bid to move up in House leadership and his path ahead, which includes maintaining a robust fundraising operation to benefit other Republicans in advance of the November elections.

Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill, right, with City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman at the congressman's meeting last month to discuss ways to stem violence in the police district in his congressional district. File Photo. | Brian Jackson/ Sun-Times

House Ethics Committee looking at Rep. Bobby Rush

WASHINGTON--The House Ethics Committee announced on Friday it is looking at Rep. Bobby Rush D-Ill., and while the panel did not disclose details, in April Rush told the Sun-Times the Office of Congressional Ethics had a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times/Better Government Association stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues.

Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, speaks Friday, July 25, 2014, at a reporters breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. | Michael Bonfigli/The Christian Science Monitor.

White House taking impeachment talk seriously, adviser says

Updated....WASHINGTON—White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Friday the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is planning against President Barack Obama “has opened the door” for some Republicans to consider “impeachment at some point in the future.”

Obama schedule, guidance, July 25, 2014. Central America leaders

WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama meets with the presidents of three Central American counties in the wake of the border children crisis. They are President Otto Perez Molina of Guatemala, President Juan Orlando Hernandez of Honduras, and President Salvador Sanchez Ceren of El Salvador. 

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.