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President Barack Obama has invited the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to visit him at the White House. The team will have to make travel arrangements quickly, though, because Obama leaves office in mid-January.

The White House is firing back at Sen. Mark Kirk for his comment that President Barack Obama was "acting like the drug dealer in chief" when the administration made a $400 million cash payment to Iran.  The Illinois Republican criticized Obama over the payment, which was contingent on the release of American prisoners. 

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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.

A White House “national strategy” to reverse America’s declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations is being praised by a University of Illinois scientist known for her research on the subject.

Anyone from Illinois visiting the White House who's lucky enough to stay for dinner might just see tableware from back home.  The Obama administration chose Pickard China of Antioch to produce the tableware for state dinners at the White House. The "Kailua Blue" state china was used last week when the Obamas hosted a dinner for the Japanese Prime Minister and his wife. First Lady Michelle Obama helped design the set.//  

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.

Caterpillar still plans to sending a representative to a global economic forum in Russia this month despite pressure from the White House to cancel the trip. The New York Times reports White House aides are urging top officials from financial and industrial corporations to skip the forum in the face of international tensions with Russia over Ukraine. Caterpillar spokeswoman Rachel Potts says the company plans to be represented at the forum, but is monitoring the situation closely.

Carp stakeholders push for Peoria processing plant

Sep 25, 2013

The Peoria area needs a facility to process carp from the Illinois River.  That's the message from government and fishing industry officials during a meeting to talk about the invasive fish.  The nearest processing facility is in Thomson, Illinois.  Area fisherman Orion Briney says having a local facility would boost his bottom line: