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President Barack Obama waves to onlookers during a visit to a call center on Monday, where he met Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

During Chicago visit, Obama looks backward and forward

 
First lady Michele Obama campaigns for Iowa Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley during a rally Tuesday at the University of Iowa. | AP Photo/Justin Hayworth

Michelle Obama asks students to vote early in Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa — First lady Michelle Obama tried to give Democrats a boost in a key U.S. Senate race Tuesday, urging college students in Iowa to vote early for Bruce Braley.

Unemployment rates fall in 31 states, including Illinois

WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates fell in 31 U.S. states in September, including in many where incumbent governors and senators face tough re-election campaigns. The report is the final data on state unemployment before the Nov. 4 elections.

Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea. | AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File

U.S.: 1 American released from North Korea

WASHINGTON — American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea, nearly six months after he was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub, the State Department said Tuesday. Two other Americans who have been tried and convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

An isolation device is displayed at O'Hare, which would protect the first responders from contamination by other people with deadly diseases, including the Ebola virus. | Al Podgorski / Chicago Sun-Times

U.S. issues Ebola travel restrictions, including O’Hare

WASHINGTON — Everyone coming to the United States from the three West African countries at the center of the Ebola outbreak will now be screened for the deadly disease at one of five airports, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.

Democratic challenger, former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, left, and Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott, answer questions during their second debate on Oct. 15, 2014 in Davie, Fla. | AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

Poll: Crist, Scott in dead heat in Florida

The Florida governor's race is so hotly-contested, not even an electric fan could help Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Charlie Crist (D) get some separation.

President Barack Obama waves to onlookers during a visit to a call center on Monday, where he met Sen. Dick Durbin and Gov. Pat Quinn. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

During Chicago visit, Obama looks backward and forward

A lesson from President Barack Obama's brief trip home, straight out of Shakespeare: What's past is prologue.

Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour.

 
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