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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.

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.”