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Michelle Obama to Chicago to Talk 'Youth Violence'

9:45 AM, Mar 27, 2013

First Lady Michelle Obama is headed next month to Chicago to discuss "Youth Violence," the White House announced today. 

"On Wednesday, April 10, First Lady Michelle Obama will return to her hometown to address local business and community leaders about providing more opportunities for young people to achieve their full potential," the White House press release  reads.

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The Guns of Chicago

And the safe sidewalks of New York.
Mar 04, 2013

President Barack Obama recently went to Chicago to promote his poverty and gun violence initiatives and actually spoke a good deal of truth. “There’s no more important ingredient for success, nothing that would be more important for us reducing violence than strong, stable families, which means we should do more to promote marriage and encourage fatherhood,” he said.

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Obama's Hometown Paper: Drop Chuck Hagel

7:48 AM, Feb 06, 2013

The editors of Barack Obama's hometown paper, the Chicago Tribune, urge the president to drop the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense. The paper endorsed Obama in two presidential elections.

The editors of the paper write, "We'll be candid ... He should be in some other job, not running the Pentagon."

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Gingrich: 'If Gun Control Works, Chicago Ought to Be Safe'

Former House speaker urges Congress to hold hearings on guns in Chicago.
9:29 AM, Jan 15, 2013

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich talked about gun control this morning on CBS:

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Report: 532 Murdered in Chicago in 2012

12:43 PM, Jan 01, 2013

In 2012, 532 people were murdered in the city of Chicago, according to statistics compiled by the Crime in Chicago website.

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Whose Kind of Town?

Understanding the Second City.
Dec 10, 2012

Twenty years ago an editor for the Chicago Sun-Times told Neil Steinberg—at the time a young reporter for the paper—that he might someday become the next Sydney J. Harris, and Steinberg, for reasons unclear, did not punch him in the kneecaps.

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Mark Kirk to Return to Senate

5:20 PM, Dec 06, 2012

Illinois Republican senator Mark Kirk will return to the Senate, after suffering a stroke almost a year ago. The Chicago Tribune reports:

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Former Obama Chief of Staff Considers Run for Illinois Governor

12:12 PM, Nov 08, 2012

Former White House chief of staff William Daley is considering a run for Illinois governor. The Chicago Tribune reports:

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Election Judge Wears Obama Cap While Checking in Voters in Obama's Chicago Ward

12:48 PM, Nov 06, 2012

Here's a photo of an election judge checking in voters in Barack Obama's Chicago ward--wearing an Obama baseball cap:

"This photo, taken by a voter this morning at the Ward 4, Precinct 37 polling place (1212 South Plymouth Court, Chicago), shows an election judge checking in voters while wearing an Obama hat," a source writes. "Chicago's 4th ward is home to President Barack Obama."

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Massive Decrease in Early and Absentee Voting—in Chicago

11:56 AM, Nov 04, 2012

The Illinois Republican party claims early and absentee voting has precipitously fallen since the 2008 presidential election.

According to the numbers, at this point in 2008, there were 260,376 early voters and 304,290 absentee voters. Now, the party maintains, there are 195,064 early voters and 46,232 absentee voters. That's a loss of 57 percent of voters, since the last election.

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Rahm Politicizes Sandy; Offers Help to Dem. Mayors, but Not Republican Governors

4:39 PM, Oct 30, 2012

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, is politicizing the clean-up of Hurricane Sandy and, he says he offered help to the Democratic mayors of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Emanuel does not appear to have made the same offer to Republican governors whose states have been hit by the storm. 

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The City that Works?

12:51 PM, Oct 15, 2012

Chicago's weekend body count has become a depressingly routine story:

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Report: Shake-Up in Works at Obama Campaign Headquarters

8:12 AM, Oct 09, 2012

NBC's Chuck Todd reports:

"I'm hearing chatter that there's maybe some people from the last campaign that's maybe going to get a little more involved," said Todd.

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Chicago Strike: It's Over

6:06 AM, Sep 19, 2012

The teachers, if you ask them, resisted the fearful boot of repression and struck a blow for worker's rights:

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Chicago Strike: Week Two, Day Two

9:38 AM, Sep 18, 2012

The courts are moving with customary alacrity in ruling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel's request for an injunction that would have compelled teachers to return to the classroom this morning.

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Chicago Strike: Week Two

1:40 PM, Sep 17, 2012

The schools that were supposed to be open today will not be. The teachers need more time to study an offer that gives them a raise even as the city can't really afford it and they haven't done anything at all to deserve it. This, at a time when millions in the private sector would consider it a gift of providence to have reported for work this morning.

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Chicago Strike: Day Five

12:01 PM, Sep 14, 2012

No settlement as of Friday morning.  But ...

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Chicago Strike: Day Four

11:44 AM, Sep 13, 2012

Like others who are convinced that reform of public education is possible, Bloomberg believes:

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Chicago Tribune Refuses to Print Anti-Teachers Union Ad

9:22 AM, Sep 13, 2012

The Chicago Tribune has refused to print an anti-teachers union ad, according to the Center for Union Facts, the group whose ad was rejected by the paper. The Tribune rejected the ad by saying it had "racial undertones."

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Get to Know Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

11:30 AM, Sep 12, 2012

As the Chicago Teachers Union strike heads into day three, perhaps you should get to know the the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, Karen Lewis. She's the one currently demanding the nation's highest paid teachers get a 19 percent pay increase. I should mention that despite Lewis being an ostensible role model for Chicago students, this video is mildly not safe for work:

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Chicago Strike: Day Three

7:12 AM, Sep 12, 2012

“To say that the contract will be settled today [Tuesday] is lunacy,” CTU president Karen Lewis told cheering teachers.

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Chicago Strike: Day Two

8:49 AM, Sep 11, 2012

The strike by Chicago teachers continues. It is a hardship for parents and one more tough break for the students in Chicago's public schools, some 40 percent of whom drop out before graduating high school. Equally unfortunate are the 20 percent who do graduate but are still functionally illiterate. But the strike is also an opportunity for some, including Mayor Rahm Emmanuel who famously said that, in politics, you never want to let a good crisis go to waste.

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Obama Won't Comment on Chicago Teacher Strike

12:08 PM, Sep 10, 2012

White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Barack Obama has no comment on the teacher strike in Chicago:

The president, as I think you just heard from me, has not expressed any opinion or made any assessment about this particular incident."

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Romney on Chicago Teachers' Strike: 'I Am Disappointed'

11:06 AM, Sep 10, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a statement about Monday's teachers' strike in Chicago:

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About the Children

10:40 AM, Sep 10, 2012

The public school teachers are going on strike in Chicago and the first worry of the people who run the city is for the safety of the children—where violence is already sky-high. The political class in Chicago has already failed in its duty to provide for the public safety. Failing to keep the schools open and the teachers happy, is a lesser offense. The strike will be settled and the teachers' union will get more than it deserves but less than it wants while insisting that this is all about the children.

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Chicago Mayor's Kids' School Remains Open

9:42 AM, Sep 10, 2012

The school attended by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's children remains open, even though public school teachers are striking in Chicago resulting in school closures across the city.

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After Rahm Speech, Two More Shot and Killed in Chicago

11:32 PM, Sep 04, 2012

A startling report from a Chicago news station:


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Rahm: Stick With Joe (Biden)

1:17 PM, Aug 16, 2012

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel says Barack Obama should stick with Joe Biden as the vice president. 

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Obama: 'Chicago Is an Example of What Makes This Country Great'

7:58 AM, Aug 13, 2012

In campaign remarks yesterday at the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Illinois, President Barack Obama praised his adopted city, where he lived before becoming president of the United States. "Chicago is an example of what makes this country great," Obama said. His audience applauded. 

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Obama 'Drops In On Chicago HQ, and Fires Up the Team!'

6:58 PM, Aug 11, 2012

David Axelrod tweets

POTUS drops in on Chicago HQ, and fires up the team!…

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