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Obama to get help from former top Clinton aide

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:42 Published in National News

   WASHINGTON (AP) — John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and a trusted Democratic operative, will join the White House staff as a senior counselor to President Barack Obama, two persons familiar with the move said late Monday.

   Podesta will take his place at the White House at a critical time for Obama as his health care law tries to shake itself off from a disastrous enrollment rollout and as the president seeks to re-establish his agenda going into a midterm election year.

   Podesta is the founder and former president of the Center for American Progress, a Democratic think tank with close ties to the White House.

   The New York Times first reported Podesta's move. The two persons familiar with the development confirmed it to The Associated Press on the condition they weren't named because the announcement was not official.

   Podesta, 64, is well respected in political circles both as a strategist and a policy thinker. He would likely step into the role played by Pete Rouse at the White House, who is expected to leave soon after serving as a counselor and, for a time in 2010, as acting chief of staff for Obama.

Tony La Russa picked for Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:28 Published in Sports

   When the new members are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer, former Cardinal's manager Tony La Russa will be among them.  The third winningest manager in the major leagues was voted in Monday at Baseball's winter meetings in Orlando.

   Mangers Joe Torre and Bobby Cox were also voted in unanimously.  

   La Russa skippered the Cardinals from 1996 to 2011, retiring after the Cards won the World Series.  Before coming to St. Louis, he steered the Oakland A's and Chicago White Sox.

   The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be July 27, 2014 in Cooperstown.

Quinn: Ill. to build, renovate affordable housing

Tuesday, 10 December 2013 02:14 Published in Local News

   Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says the state will build or rehabilitate nearly 1,500 affordable housing units statewide.

   The Chicago Democrat said in a statement yesterday the apartments will ensure working families, seniors and people with disabilities have quality, affordable housing.

   The work will be financed through a federal housing tax credit and the Illinois Housing Development Authority's Preservation Now program.

   Residents must earn at or below 60 percent of the area median income to qualify for the units. That's about $35,000 in the Chicago area.

   In Edwardsville, an existing independent living development serving seniors and people with disabilities will be rehabilitated, and a new wing built, creating and preserving 70 affordable apartments.  

   In Aurora, the state plans to acquire and rehabilitate 40 vacant single-family homes. In Chicago, a 106-unit development for seniors will be built on the site of an abandoned building and unused tennis courts.

   Units also are planned for the Bloomington-Normal area, Galesburg, Marion and Springfield.

 

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