Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Why Durbin voted yes on funding Syrian rebels ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — On Oct. 11, 2002, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was one of only 23 senators to vote against the invasion of Iraq. That was a vote that has defined Durbin ever since. “I remember that vote as if it were yesterday,” Durbin said from the Senate floor on Thursday, hours before another vote that will put the U.S. on a path towards war. “. . . I remember my thinking on that October night 2002 that we should hold back, not get involved in Iraq. And I think I was right. I think history proved me right,” Durbin said. … ]]> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:17:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Illinois House Dems agonize over vote to fund Syrian rebels ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — The House vote to fund, train and equip Syrian rebels to battle the Islamic State group — also known as ISIS or ISIL — was an agonizing decision for many war-weary Illinois Democrats, some undecided until just before the Wednesday roll call. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:28:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Odds favor Chicago sites — U. of C. or UIC — in competition for Obama library ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — The finalists for the Obama library and museum announced Monday — the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago,Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — face a very heavy lift to win the competition. ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:13:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Five things to know as Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Hillary and Bill Clinton hit Iowa on Sunday, her first trip back since she came in third in the 2008 caucuses, triggering a frenzy of rising expectations that this means she is getting closer to a 2016 White House run. ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:36:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kirk fundraising off ‘rumor’ Michelle Obama will seek his seat ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama steps up offensive to destroy ISIL militants in Iraq, Syria ]]> Lead story image

“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. ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:18:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama’s immigration decision could hurt Dems in Illinois ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:16:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ald. Ed Burke hoards $10 mil. political cash, hauls in more ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 02:54:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Schneider, Dold launch ads in battle for 10th District seat ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 02:17:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oberweis pushing for debates with Durbin ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:27:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama to act on immigration by end of September ]]> Lead story image

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.” ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 23:32:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Biden hits Chicago for fundraisers for Quinn, House Dems ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:15:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rove-related group jumps in Schneider-Dold race in 10th District ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:46:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama team checking out library sites: First cut in September ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:15:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Team Ricketts backs Pete in bid for Nebraska governor ]]> Lead story image

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? ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:22:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Paul Ryan to RNC: Can’t 'define ourselves on what we are against' ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 06:13:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Durbin, unions applaud Walgreen Co. decision, investors don't: Sweet ]]> Lead story image

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. ]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 11:07:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ What’s next for Roskam? ]]> Lead story image

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 am committed to continuing to raise money, and I will be doubling down,” Roskam is telling me. “I have seen the importance of it. I know how significant it is and how helpful it is. Read more … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:12:53 -0500