President Barack Obama

The White House is expressing support for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he struggles with the fallout from a police shooting. 

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is rebuffing a bid by the White House to assuage concerns over Syrian refugees.  Rauner's one of some 30 governors nationwide who've said no to taking in people fleeing war-ravaged Syria.

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CHICAGO (AP) - The head of the Obama Foundation told Chicago business and civic leaders the city needs to get its house in order to effectively attract visitors from around the world.

 Martin Nesbitt made the assertion Tuesday as he discussed the development of President Barack Obama's library and museum, which is projected to open in five years.


Nesbitt noted he was speaking to the City Club of Chicago as 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee was being buried. The boy was gunned down last week in what police say was a targeted gang shooting. 

President Obama last week rejected a permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would have carried oil from Canadian tar sands.  U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says it's time to look for alternative sources of energy.

Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson says President Barack Obama gave a sound address on policing before the International Association of Chiefs of Police. However, Jackson says there is also a need for urban reinvestment and job creation.

  CHICAGO (AP) - Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker will visit the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute on Friday in Chicago.  The institute is a UI Labs collaboration and a key part of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation. President Barack Obama created the national network to strengthen America's competitiveness worldwide in manufacturing and the workforce. The innovation institute is focused on digital manufacturing and design. That's the ability to connect different parts of the manufacturing system through data.


Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wants term limits for Illinois legislators - and he’s citing the president to make his case.

When President Barack Obama recently went to Africa - he said he thinks he could win a third term. But he can’t.

"The point is, I don’t understand why some people want me to stay so long," Obama said.

Governor Rauner used those comments to argue for term limits for Illinois lawmakers.

Immigration overhaul on hold

May 19, 2015

Starting today, an estimated 200-thousand undocumented immigrants in Illinois could have benefited from an immigration overhaul.  President Obama announced the plan last fall.  

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wants President Barack Obama to introduce stronger sanctions against Iran.  The House approved a new bill yesterday which gives lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.  

The stage is set, the Barack Obama Foundation is scheduled to be in Chicago tomorrow to announce the home of the presidential library.  

An effort by the Obama Administration to redefine the scope of the Clean Water Act is drawing fire from federal lawmakers in Missouri and Illinois.

Rahm Emanuel gets presidential phone calls

Apr 8, 2015

Rahm Emanuel’s phone was lighting up with calls from some of the country’s most powerful politicians congratulating him on re-election.  Emanuel says he heard from two presidents last night.  One was Bill Clinton, his former boss.

The plan to give the city control over two pieces of park land on Chicago's South Side so that Barack Obama can choose one as the site for his presidential library has taken a big step forward. 

An extensive survey shows the share of Illinois residents without health insurance declined 4.5 percentage points as President Barack Obama's overhaul took full effect.

Bustos discusses funding DHS, veterans issues

Feb 23, 2015

Democrat Cheri Bustos says Congressional leaders need to stop playing political games with the country’s national security. The 17th District Congresswoman says the House and Senate are running up against a Friday deadline to fund the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget reveals a cautious co-existence with President Barack Obama's health care law - even as other Republican governors lash out against the law they deride as "Obamacare."

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago says a federal judge's ruling temporarily blocking President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration will delay but won't deter efforts at reform.

Pullman clock tower to become national monument

Feb 10, 2015

The historic Pullman clock tower is going to be a national monument. President Barack Obama will be in Chicago next week to make the designation official.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says the budget proposed by President Barack Obama maintains funding for two national laboratories in Illinois. 

Chancellor Phyllis Wise says the budget at the University of Illinois' Urbana-Champaign campus is her top priority for the coming year.

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.

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

Hope for undocumented residents

Nov 20, 2014

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."

Quinn campaign gets presidential boost

Oct 1, 2014

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

The voices behind campaign ads

Sep 3, 2014

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.

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.


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.  

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.

Misconceptions of "Common Core" standards

Sep 10, 2013

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.

Newt Gingrich stops in Peoria for fundraiser

Jul 25, 2013
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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: