Obama wants to hear from you -- online

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- People wanting a chance to help shape policy are invited to submit their ideas online, U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's transition team said Monday.

Blago lawyer: Question Obama top aides

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Illinois House committee investigating Gov. Rod Blagojevich should question aides to President-elect Barack Obama, the governor's lawyer said Friday.

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CHICAGO, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A report from President-elect Barack Obama's transition team found no improper contact between Obama or his advisers and Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Sources: Report says no deal with governor

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, had only one phone conversation with Illinois' embattled governor, sources say.
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Report: Emanuel pushed Jarrett as senator

CHICAGO, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- President-elect Barack Obama's incoming chief of staff reportedly pressed for an Obama confidante to be named to Illinois' open U.S. Senate seat.

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CHICAGO, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Valerie Jarrett, a longtime confidante of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, has been named to a top White House post, officials said Saturday.

Sources: Axelrod Obama White House adviser

CHICAGO, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- David Axelrod, Barack Obama's top campaign strategist, has accepted the position of senior adviser in the Obama White House, Democratic sources said Thursday.
Report: Chicago binds Obama's inner circle

Report: Chicago binds Obama's inner circle

CHICAGO, July 14 (UPI) -- Likely Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama's inner group of friends and advisers have strong Chicago ties, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Obama reintroducing himself to electorate

Obama reintroducing himself to electorate

WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has begun his general election presidential bid by reintroducing himself to U.S. voters, his campaign media advisers say.
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Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to U.S. President Barack Obama for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement, attends the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, where First Lady Michelle Obama spoke, on January 20, 2010. UPI/Alexis C. Glenn

Valerie Bowman Jarrett (born November 14, 1956) is a senior advisor and assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Obama administration. She is a Chicago lawyer, businesswoman, and civic leader. Prior to that she served as a co-chairperson of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

Jarrett was born in Shiraz, Iran to American parents James E. Bowman and Barbara Taylor Bowman. Her father, a pathologist and geneticist, ran a hospital for children in Shiraz, as part of a program where American doctors and agricultural experts sought to help jump-start developing countries' health and farming efforts. When she was five, the family moved to London for one year, returning to Chicago in 1963.

In 1966 her mother, Barbara T. Bowman, was one of four child advocates that created the Erikson Institute. The Institute was established to provide advanced knowledge in child development for teachers and other professionals working with young children.

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