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Kirk fundraising off ‘rumor’ Michelle Obama will seek his seat

WASHINGTON — Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., is invoking first lady Michelle Obama as a possible 2016 opponent in a recent fundraising appeal, citing the “press and rumor mills” as his source — even though she has shown no interest in running for elected office.

Obama steps up offensive to destroy ISIL militants in Iraq, Syria

“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-errorism strategy,” Obama said in a 14-minute prime time speech from the White House. He announced that the U.S. will lead a “broad coalition” of nations in the battle — with no U.S. troops taking part in ground combat.

Obama’s immigration decision could hurt Dems in Illinois

WASHINGTON — While Democrats worried about losing control of the Senate urged President Barack Obama to hold off on taking action on immigration until after the November elections, in Illinois, Obama’s decision will just make it tougher for Democrats in tough battles, especially Gov. Pat Quinn, Rep. Bill Foster and Rep. Brad Schneider.

  • Ald. Ed Burke hoards $10 mil. political cash, hauls in more

    WASHINGTON — It’s no secret that Ald. Ed Burke (14th) controls three campaign funds with a combined balance of about $10 million, an astounding amount for an alderman. What’s lesser examined is the expenditure side: Burke is barely spending any of that money while raising more at a nice clip.

  • Schneider, Dold launch ads in battle for 10th District seat

    What the ads have in common is both avoid mention of actually being a member of Congress. The Schneider team does not say he is currently in the House. Dold’s spot does not say he used to be a member. Perhaps that’s because of the record low opinion folks have of Congress.

  • 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.

    Obama to act 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.”

    Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems

    WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden hits Chicago on Monday as 2016 presidential politics are percolating. If former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton does not run for president, Biden is the strongest alternative.

    Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District

    WASHINGTON — Crossroads GPS, a spinoff of a group founded by Karl Rove — the conservative strategist Democrats despise — is running an ad ripping Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., for opposing the repeal of Obamacare, a message potentially hindering the comeback bid of former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill.

    Obama team checking out library sites: First cut in September

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged to the Barack Obama Foundation a package of infrastructure improvements the city would make if the presidential library and museum are located on the South Side. Other facilities in the federal system have been built with some form of local and state public support, whether direct or indirect.

    Team Ricketts backs Pete in bid for Nebraska governor

    Cubs board member Pete Ricketts is the GOP Nebraska governor nominee, and he hit Chicago on Friday to speak to the Republican National Committee summer meeting at the Westin Hotel on Michigan Ave. What lessons from the Cubs, I asked him, help on the campaign trail?

    Paul Ryan to RNC: Can’t 'define ourselves on what we are against'

    The Republican National Committee wrapped up its summer meeting in President Barack Obama’s Chicago on Friday and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., told the party leaders to win, the GOP “has to take our message to everybody.” “We have to go to the corners of the country that are not used to seeing us,” said Ryan, a potential 2016 presidential contender who was Mitt Romney’s 2012 vice presidential running mate.

    Durbin, unions applaud Walgreen Co. decision, investors don't: Sweet

    Deerfield-based Walgreens set the stage to acquire its remaining 55 percent stake of Alliance Boots on Wednesday while rejecting an option to reincorporate overseas to save on corporate taxes, a move applauded by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and labor unions and punished — at least for a day — by investors.

    What’s next for Roskam?

    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. “One thing that is important is that I …

    White House not laughing  about impeachment talk

    WASHINGTON—Usually when Sarah Palin aims a dart at President Barack Obama, the White House ignores her, except on Friday, when it came to talking about impeachment. White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Friday morning the lawsuit House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, is planning against …

    Obama takes on ‘corporate deserters,’ steps up drive to close tax loophole

    WASHINGTON — 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.

    After 3 decades, Iran hostage still seeking what’s owed

    WASHINGTON — He was my hostage. I was his reporter.  After 444 days as one of 52 hostages held captive in Tehran, seized by Iranian militants, Marine Sgt. Paul Lewis was released on Jan. 20, 1981. Lewis was soon back in Homer, the small Illinois town …