President Barack Obama

State News
11:31 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Emanuel wants Chicago parkland for Obama library

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced an ordinance that would allow the transfer of park district land to the city for use by an Obama presidential library.

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State News
5:58 am
Mon November 24, 2014

President Obama to tout action on immigration in Chicago

President Barack Obama will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to tout his executive action on immigration.

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State News
10:00 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Hope for undocumented residents

Thursday night's announcement by President Barack Obama is expected to affect more than 500,000 people living in the shadows in Illinois. Illinois Public Radio's Yolanda Perdomo reports on one man's life.

"This is my yard where I keep all my construction trailers and scaffold and trucks. This is a mixer that mixes the mortar. Wheelbarrows and mud stands. Cinder blocks over here."

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State News
2:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Quinn campaign gets presidential boost

President Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Chicago Wednesday evening and will be mixing business with politics while in the area.

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State News
7:23 am
Wed September 3, 2014

The voices behind campaign ads

Think of radio and TV campaign ads as the soundtrack of an election season….

Deep and ominous voices sound the attack; sugary and optimistic voices signal support.  As part of our series on the “dark arts” of the campaign business, we meet the people behind the voices trained to influence the democratic process.

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State News
5:58 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Undocumented immigrants call on President to make changes

A couple dozen undocumented immigrants and their allies rallied in Springfield today outside a county jail where arrested immigrants are being held.  The group called on President Barack Obama issue an executive order to make changes, as the issue stalls in Congress.

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3:23 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

President Obama authorizes $12 billion for Federal water projects


Agriculture groups say a bill signed by President Obama today is a step toward vital upgrades for the nation’s aging lock and dam system. But they also say there is more work to do.  

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State News
1:42 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

House committee votes to spend 100-million dollars for Obama Presidential Library

A legislative committee Wednesday voted to authorize spending a hundred million dollars to lure Barack Obama's presidential library to Chicago for the second time. IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports.

Before he became President, Barack Obama served as an Illinois state, and U.S. senator. He worked as a community organizer in Chicago, and taught at the University of Chicago law school. All reasons he might locate his presidential library and museum in Illinois. But New York and Hawaii are also in the running.

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State News
1:23 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards

As Illinois schools continue implementing the new "Common Core" educational standards, the changes are drawing criticism. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, Illinois' top educator says that's because of a misconception.

The Common Core curriculum has been in the works for years. Illinois adopted it in 2010. It's meant to provide clear achievement standards in language and math at every grade level.

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Peoria Public Radio News
6:01 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich visiting animals at the Peoria Zoo.
Credit Orko Manna / WCBU

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited the Peoria Zoo Thursday before headlining a fundraiser for State Senator Darin LaHood.  The former Republican Presidential Candidate criticized President Barack Obama's speech on the economy this week in Galesburg:

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