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Obama Will Speak In Illinois Capitol Feb. 10

Jan 29, 2016
The White House

President Barack Obama will return to the Illinois Capitol Building on Feb. 10 and speak to the Illinois General Assembly.

Obama will talk about "what we can do, together, to build a better politics — one that reflects our better selves," a White House advisory declared.

The president, who served in the Illinois Senate from January 1997 until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2004, will return to that venue nine years after announcing his candidacy for president.

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In this election year… each side of the political aisle had different takes on President Obama’s final State of the Union Address, and what it could mean for his legacy. 

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin calls President Obama’s address the kind given by a man tested by conflict, and served as a rebuttal to much of the rhetoric in the GOP race to succeed him. Like the president, the Illinois Democratic Senator is downplaying the threat ISIS poses to this country’s future.  

Associated Press

In a prime-time speech from the Oval Office Sunday night, Obama said that the United States would defeat the threat of terrorism — without compromising American values.

Obama began his third Oval Office address by remembering the 14 Americans who died in Wednesday's attack in San Bernardino, California.

He noted that the FBI has no evidence that the attack was directed by a terrorist organization, but said it was clear the shooters had gone down the "dark path of radicalization."

"This was an act of terrorism," Obama said, "designed to kill innocent people."

Associated Press

President Obama will deliver an Oval Office address at 7 p.m. this evening, discussing the San Bernardino attack and the broader issue of terrorism.

WNIJ News will present live special coverage of the President's remarks, hosted by NPR's Lynn Neary. She will be joined by NPR correspondents for analysis of the speech.

The White House says the president will provide an update on the continuing investigation of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., which killed 14 people earlier this week.

President Obama this afternoon nominated former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., to be his next defense secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency.

In those two, the president said, he has chosen men with experience in the field and who "understand the consequences of decisions we make in this town" on the men and women who serve America around the world,

President Barack Obama told world leaders Tuesday that attacks on U.S. citizens in Libya "were attacks on America," and he called on them to join in confronting the root causes of the rage across the Muslim world.

"I do believe that it is the obligation of all leaders, in all countries, to speak out forcefully against violence and extremism," Obama said in a speech to the annual gathering of the United Nations General Assembly.

Setting the stage for more election-year debate over taxes and economic policy, President Obama has challenged Republicans to support a plan to extend for one year — but only for families earning less than $250,000 annually — the so-called Bush tax cuts.

Republicans want the tax cuts, which expire at the end of 2012, to continue for everyone. Obama says it's time for wealthier taxpayers to pay more because that will help narrow future budget deficits.

Mixed reaction in Illinois to President's immigrant order

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President Obama has signed an executive order that will stop the deportation of certain immigrants who moved to the U.S. when they were young. The controversial move is drawing praise and criticism in Illinois.

25-year old Alaa Mukahhal has a degree in architecture from the University of Illinois. Her family moved to the state from Kuwait when she was a young child. But she’s still not an American citizen, and she’s currently in the midst of deportation proceedings:

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In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog: