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Will Barack Obama Run For Governor of Illinois?

President Obama's nostalgic speech in Springfield has local politicos wondering what he has planned after leaving the White House. "I miss you guys," Obama said during an address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. Show More Summary

Watch: Small Business Advocacy Council, Reboot Illinois Hold Budget Mobilization Town Hall

"I've been to Springfield and the line they always tell me is, 'You know, small business, you guys are the backbone of our economy. You're the backbone of our state. Well, you want to know something? Your backbone's broken. And in order...Show More Summary

Morning Spin: How Emanuel landed the NHL draft in Chicago

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin It’s Friday, Feb. 12, the day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he’d landed another professional sports draft for Chicago. As the mayor...

Quick arrest in fatal daytime stabbing on Springfield sidewalk

Shaki Phillip, 19, was fatally stabbed Wednesday. Dilshad Dosky, 20, was arrested that night, police said.

Obama’s “Endorsement” of HRC?

Kevin Drum parses the President’s speech in Springfield on Mother Jones. So did President Obama kinda sorta endorse Hillary Clinton and her pragmatic approach to politics in his Springfield speech today? Not really. He was pretty focused on the bitterness and polarization of contemporary political culture and what we could do about it. But there [...]Show More Summary

President Obama on How We Can Build a Better Politics

Yesterday, on the ninth anniversary of his announcement that he would run for president, Obama returned to Springfield and gave a speech at the Illinois General Assembly. In it, he...

Obama on the ‘bugs on the windshield’ that prevent bipartisanship

Speaking in an interview in Springfield, Ill., after delivering a major address on how to address the nation's sharp partisan divisions, President Obama said he could have done "a little better" but partisan screens are like "bugs on the windshield" that impede cooperation across party lines. “There is no doubt that every step of the way, […]

Morning Spin: With Obama gone, Illinois Democrats and Republicans get back to fighting

Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin It’s Thursday, Feb. 11, and the afterglow of a wistful President Barack Obama's call in Springfield for a "better politics" of civility...

President Obama Shows How to Defend Pragmatism the Right Way

So did President Obama kinda sorta endorse Hillary Clinton and her pragmatic approach to politics in his Springfield speech today? Not really. He was pretty focused on the bitterness and polarization of contemporary political culture and what we could do about it. Show More Summary

Dear Sheriff Jim Arnott, I’m Not Sure I Believe You’re Being Honest With Us

Springfield News-Leader: Answer Man! I was sitting in Mr. Smith’s Fast Lube on Sunshine Street, waiting while I was getting my oil changed. A man entered with a holstered handgun on his hip. He was getting his oil changed, too, and sat next to me. He seemed nervous and I was concerned about the gun. Is this legal in Springfield? — Joey Pulleyking, […]

Obama goes Platinum in Springfield speech

Late in his speech this afternoon to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, President Barack Obama said this: So much of our politics now is just designed for short term, tactical gain. You know, if you think that adding more voters will hurt you on election day then, suddenly, you're not...

Divisive President Laments On How Much He Sucked At Easing Partisan Rhetoric

Today, President Obama ventured back to Springfield, Illinois, where he launched his 2008 presidential campaign, to address the Illinois General...

Obama Preaches 'Better Politics' To Bitterly Partisan Nation In Springfield

"The tone of our politics hasn't gotten better, it's gotten worse," Obama said in what was a quick-witted, sometimes self-deprecating and even genuinely funny speech. [ more › ]

Wistful Obama calls for 'better politics' of civility in return to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — In a memory-filled return to the place that launched his political career, President Barack Obama told Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday that they and the nation should insist upon a "better politics" based on civility and compromise as a cure to the "poisonous political climate" that...

Wistful Obama calls for 'better politics' of civility in return to Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — In a memory-filled return to the place that launched his political career, President Barack Obama told Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday that they and the nation should insist upon a "better politics" based on civility and compromise as a cure to the "poisonous political climate" that...

Police search for suspects after man stabbed on Springfield sidewalk

Victim suffered life-threatening injuries from attack Wednesday in 7400 block of Loughboro Lane.

Does Obama Still Have That Old-Time Magic?

In a few minutes President Obama will be back in Springfield making a speech addressed to his supporters. "You've taken on the painstaking work of progress," he says. "You've helped us find that middle ground where real change is won....I hope you'll tune in today at 2:30 p.m. Show More Summary

Obama returns to unite a 'House Divided' in Springfield

The weather was intensely hot and the Hall crowded almost to suffocation. - Chicago Tribune, June 17, 1858 President Barack Obama will find very different weather conditions awaiting him Wednesday in Springfield when he rises to address the Illinois General Assembly, than a lawyer named Abraham...

Obama Announced He Was Running For President Nine Years Ago Today

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

President Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign nine years ago today at the Old State Capitol building in Springfield, Illinois. In his speech, Obama, considered an underdog to Hillary Clinton, framed his candidacy throughShow More Summary

Obama to tackle dashed hopes for bipartisan change

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Barack Obama on Wednesday returns to the Midwestern city where his White House journey began, to sell progress made in office and address one of the great failings of his presidency. Standing in frigid Springfield, Illinois in 2007, Obama told anyone listening that he was running for president. The...

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