Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Abner Mikva receives Presidential Medal of Freedom ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — It’s a story so good, it bears retelling, and President Barack Obama did on Monday as he awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom to Abner Mikva, the Chicagoan who’s been a congressman, federal judge, Bill Clinton’s White House counsel, a law professor and much more. “As a University of Chicago student, Abner Mikva stopped by the local Democratic headquarters and asked to volunteer,” Obama said. “I love this story. A committeeman asked who sent you. And Ab said, nobody. And the committeeman said, ‘we don’t want nobody nobody sent.’ That’s Chicago for you.” That phrase from Mikva’s retelling … ]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:53:35 -0600 <![CDATA[ Jarrett: Obama honored Boehner’s request to hold off on immigration ]]> Lead story image

President Barack Obama honored a request from House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to hold off making a “very public push” on immigration during the primary season, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett told Lynn Sweet. ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:12:19 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama heads to Chicago to make case for immigration initiative ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama heads to Chicago on Tuesday, part of a “very aggressive sales job” to sell the immigration executive orders he signed in Las Vegas on Friday shielding millions from deportation mainly through revised policies telling enforcement officials to leave long-term law abiding illegal immigrants alone. Obama, at a rally-style speech at Del Sol high school in Las Vegas, defended his solo move — blasted by GOP lawmakers — in part by recounting his pleas with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to put to a vote any kind of an immigration measure after the Senate passed a … ]]> Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:10:14 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama offers relief from deportation amid Republican fury: Sweet ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama, in announcing Thursday his unilateral actions to save up to 5 million illegal immigrants from deportation, made humanitarian, economic and national security appeals as a certain slice of Republicans could not contain their outrage. ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:10:22 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama to shield 5 million immigrants; Republicans ready to attack: Sweet ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — After much delay, President Barack Obama said Wednesday he will go around Congress and order actions on immigration — which could shield 5 million people from being deported — as newly empowered and outraged Republicans are divided over their next move. Lawsuits? Impeachment? Stop funding the federal government, to trigger another shutdown? Tie up all but the most vital of Obama’s nominations? With Republicans remaining in charge of the House and, next year, the Senate, Obama’s impending immigration move will test House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and incoming Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. They have the … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:10:25 -0600 <![CDATA[ The inside stories on the Keystone pipeline vote ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — The election is not over for everyone. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the Louisiana Democrat, is in a Dec. 6 runoff and may be defeated. That’s why the Senate leadership, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., threw her a lifeline and allowed a vote on her signature issue on Tuesday, the Keystone XL pipeline. With the “XL” standing for, “extra lethal,” as Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., leading the charge against the project, put it as Landrieu and Boxer faced off in the final arguments before the vote. As the voting was taking place, from my perch in the gallery I saw … ]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:52:51 -0600 <![CDATA[ Probes linger for years at House Ethics Committee ]]> Lead story image

The backlog means lawmakers are left with potentially damaging allegations hanging over them; that includes three from Illinois: Rep. Bobby Rush and Rep. Luis Gutierrez, Democrats, and Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican. ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[ Duckworth ponders challenging Kirk for Senate seat in 2016: Sweet ]]> Lead story image

EXCLUSIVE: A member of U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s team confirmed that she is “interested, open and curious” about a bid vs. U.S. Sen Mark Kirk. ]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:53:47 -0600 <![CDATA[ Valerie Jarrett, facing criticism, suggests sexism at play: Sweet ]]> Lead story image

In an interview with MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Jarrett said, “I guess I would tell you when you break glass ceilings you're going to get scraped, minor scrapes by a shard or two from the glass." ]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:42:59 -0600 <![CDATA[ House ethics panel probes Rush’s free office rent for 20 years ]]> Lead story image

The House Ethics Committee released details Monday of its investigation of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., with the focus on whether he improperly received free rent for decades on a South Side office — something brought to light by a Chicago Sun-Times / Better Government Association investigation last December. ]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:00:00 -0600 <![CDATA[ Former Rep. Phil Crane’s lasting legacy is his mark on the conservative movement ]]> Lead story image

The former college professor turned politician provided the intellectual underpinnings that helped to steer the generations to come after him. ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 02:16:32 -0600 <![CDATA[ Hail to the champs: Jackie Robinson West team visits White House ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — When Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West team visited the White House on Thursday, second baseman and pitcher Marquis Jackson was ready with his question for President Barack Obama. “I know he’s a really good basketball player,” Jackson said, so he asked him for a game. But Obama told him that first, ‘I have to grow a little bit,’ ” said Marquis, 13, a Morgan Park resident and seventh-grader at the CICS Prairie School. During a visit to the Oval Office with Obama and the first lady, Michelle, the 13 boys — ranging in age from 11 to 13 — … ]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 08:48:48 -0600 <![CDATA[ Obama, McConnell heading toward collision over immigration ]]> Lead story image

The day after Republicans won control of the Senate, President Barack Obama and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. — who will become the top Senate leader — talked about cooperation even as they are heading toward a collision course over immigration. Some Wednesday thoughts after voters repudiated Obama and Democrats as Republicans clinched Senate, House and governor races: ◆ “Well, look, there’s only one Democrat who counts, the president,” McConnell said during his press conference in Kentucky. McConnell knows though he can’t cut out the Senate Democrats, because it takes 60 votes for most — not all — legislation to pass. … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:16:38 -0600 <![CDATA[ Sen. Dick Durbin ran race of his life to defeat Oberweis ]]> Lead story image

Bittersweet, perhaps. Sen. Dick Durbin’s win Tuesday over GOP challenger Jim Oberweis was never in doubt once it was clear that Oberweis was running a weak campaign, grasping for a strategy to defeat Durbin, who ran the race of his life even though it turned out he didn’t need all that the firepower. But Durbin is facing a potential erosion of his enormous power and influence on Capitol Hill, dampening the high of giving Oberweis a really big thumping. That’s because Democrats lost control of the Senate to Republicans, a matter in which Durbin has big stake because he is … ]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 13:45:43 -0600 <![CDATA[ Rauner, Oberweis not making Obama an issue ]]> Lead story image

Unlike Republicans in other states, Bruce Rauner and Jim Oberweis are ending their campaigns without launching an aggressive attack against President Barack Obama, even though the White House went all out for their Democratic rivals, Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin. While Democrats in other states ran from their president, both Durbin and Quinn have been steadfast supporters of the Chicago-made president. Getting out the vote was a main part of the assignment for Obama, first lady Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden in their two Illinois visits, and the one stop Jill Biden made. “We’re going to get … ]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 02:16:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ How first lady, Rauner factor into their parties' House races ]]> Lead story image

First lady Michelle Obama headlines a rally for Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., Gov. Pat Quinn and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Saturday — the last of a series of White House assists — as Republicans tell me the coattails of GOP governor hopeful Bruce Rauner will help two critical Downstate congressional races. The major battle in the Chicago area is between Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., in the north suburban 10th Congressional District, with the race a dead heat. Ads for Schneider and Dold are flooding the expensive Chicago broadcast outlets with outside Democratic and … ]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:14:15 -0600 <![CDATA[ Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time ]]>

Sen. Dick Durbin D-Ill., and GOP Senate nominee Jim Oberweis clashed Wednesday in their last joint forum before the election over raising the minimum wage, whether Durbin is a bully and whether Oberweis supports the tea party. The stakes were higher for Oberweis at the forum on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight,” because every poll shows he is running behind Durbin, who is seeking his fourth term. Oberweis mentioned at least four times that Durbin has been in Congress for 32 years (including his time in the House), a line he uses often in scorning Durbin as a “career politician.” But Oberweis, … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:56:58 -0600 <![CDATA[ Schneider, Dold fighting for the Jewish vote ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to supporting Israel, Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and his rival, former Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., hold positions so similar they are slices off the same loaf of challah. ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:18:44 -0600