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Some of the White House materials bound for President Barack Obama's presidential library in Chicago will start making their way from Washington, D.C., to Illinois this week. Beginning Wednesday, commercial trucks will carry documents, artifacts and gifts accumulated over Obama's tenure to a temporary storage facility in Hoffman Estates.

Air Force Lt. Col. Vianesa Vargas says over two dozen troops in Washington, D.C., will take materials now stored at the National Archives and Records Administration and load them onto semitrailers for the 700-mile trip.

U.S. Senate candidate Tammy Duckworth says recent remarks by her Republican opponent are "beyond the pale."  Congresswoman Duckworth, a Democrat, is trying to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.  

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is refusing to comment on a controversial statement made by his fellow Republican, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk.  

President Obama chooses U of Chicago

May 12, 2015

President Barack Obama has decided to build his presidential library on the South Side of Chicago, where his political career began.  The Barack Obama Foundation announced early Tuesday that a bid by the University of Chicago was selected over rival proposals by the University of Hawaii, Columbia University in New York and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The bid had been viewed as a favorite because of the Obamas' ties to the school and community. Obama and the first lady worked at the school and they have a home nearby.

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President Barack Obama's executive orders helping so-called undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S. could grow the Illinois economy. 

President Obama has signed legislation into law that could help generate money for lock and dam improvements across the nation.

Durbin Supportive of NSA Changes

Jan 17, 2014
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Illinois' senior U.S. Senator says he supports President Barack Obama's changes for the National Security Agency. Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky reports.


President Obama's seen a split within his own party since Edward Snowden's revelations about how the U.S is gathering intelligence. But at least one Democrat -- Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin -- says Obama is taking the right steps in balancing privacy with keeping America safe.

Some Illinois Congressmen are more sure than others when it comes to authorizing a U.S. military strike in Syria. That will be at the top of the agenda when Congress reconvenes Monday. IPR'S Alex Keefe reports.

On the one hand, there are lawmakers like Bill Foster, a Democrat from Naperville. Foster says he’s leaning toward voting yes, but wants to make sure the scope of any U.S. military action isn’t too big.

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.

Obama addresses the cost of getting a college degree

Jul 25, 2013

President Barack Obama used part of his speech at Knox College to address the price of earning a college degree. IPR'S Chris Lovingood has the story. 

Galesburg officials talk economic struggles, successes during Obama visit

Jul 25, 2013

Galesburg city leaders say the community was a fitting stop for President Obama to kick-off his new economic focus. The city was the first location in a series of speeches for the President to sell his vision for a thriving economy. Gary Camarano is Galesburg’s Global Strategies Director. He says the city economy was rough in 2004 when Maytag closed and thousands of workers lost their jobs:

Tickets available to see President speak in Galesburg

Jul 22, 2013

President Barack Obama is set to speak at Knox College when he visits Galesburg this week. Obama will kick off a series of speeches laying out his vision for rebuilding the economy to grow the middle class. The President’s visit is Wednesday.

Republican Congressman Rodney Davis of Taylorville says President Obama is premature in threatening to veto the House’s version of the farm bill. The White House says $2 billion dollars in annual cuts to the food stamp program in the House’s plan goes too far, and will leave some Americans hungry.

Two broadband projects underway in Il

Jun 3, 2013

A push to bring high speed internet access to smaller communities and rural areas was a key part of President Obama’s 2009 stimulus package. One of the first projects to gain funding in Illinois was the DeKalb Advancement of Technology Authority, or DATA. It was followed soon after by iFiber, a project to bring broadband to counties in north central and northwest Illinois. As Illinois Public Radio’s Guy Stephens reports, both are now moving from the construction phase to implementation.

Obama nominates successor to Ray LaHood

Apr 29, 2013

President Barack Obama is nominating a replacement for U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Obama nominated Charlotte, North Carolina Mayor Anthony Foxx to head the department.  Foxx is the first black nominee among Obama's picks for open spots in his second-term Cabinet. If confirmed, Foxx will replace Secretary LaHood, who was one of the few Republicans serving in Obama's administration.  LaHood says he intends to spend time in Peoria after leaving.  He says curbing distracted driving and furthering high-speed rail projects are among the top achievements in his tenure