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  • Bobby Rush

    Rush says he’s being investigated by ethics groupApr 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant.

  • Actress Juliana Margulies, left, and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton listen before Clinton receives the American Jewish Congress’ lifetime achievement award on Wednesday in New York.

    Illinois honors Hillary Clinton with Lincoln awardMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Former U.S. first lady and secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is to receive “The Order of Lincoln” award in her home state of Illinois.

  • Doris Kay Weidner

    Doris K. Weidner, former Wauconda Township assessor, has diedMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Doris K. Weidner, who oversaw Wauconda Township property assessments for 17 years until 2006, died Wednesday at JourneyCare Hospice Center in Barrington. She was 70.

  • Former Congressman Mel Reynolds, center left, prepares to enter a prison truck while handcuffed after a court appearance Feb. 20 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Since deported, Reynolds now says he’s in hiding.

    Reynolds says he’s in hidingMar 3, 2014 12:00 AM

  • Former Congressman Mel Reynolds, center left, prepares to enter a prison truck while handcuffed after his court appearance Thursday in Harare, Zimbabwe. Reynolds was arrested on charges of possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

    Reynolds doesn’t understand immigration chargesFeb 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    The lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said Thursday his client needed more time to understand the “essential elements” of the immigration charges he faces. Reynolds failed to enter a plea on those charges Thursday in Zimbabwe.

  • A Zimbabwean immigration official said Tuesday that former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds had been arrested Monday for possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

    Former congressman Reynolds arrested in ZimbabweFeb 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Just over a year ago, former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds tried to shed past disgrace with a potent campaign slogan: “Redemption.” It didn’t work then, and now Reynolds, once a rising star in the Democratic Party whose career collapsed when he was convicted of rape two decades ago, is under arrest again, this time on charges of possessing pornography and violating immigration laws in Zimbabwe.

  •  Karen Black and Jack Nicholson at the 1970 premiere of “Five Easy Pieces” in New York.

    Chicago area loses its own icons in 2013 Dec 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Writers, actors, ball players, radio icons, political leaders and more - in 2013 the region lost some famous people who were part of the Chicago area family. Here is a final look.

  •  Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn visiting wounded service members Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn is heading to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to deliver holiday cards to wounded armed service members from Illinois.

  •  A well-wisher writes a message on a poster of Nelson Mandela, on which he and others have written their messages of condolence and support, in the street Friday outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg. Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs and in South Africa’s vast rural grasslands commemorated Nelson Mandela with song, tears and prayers on Friday while pledging to adhere to the values of unity and democracy that he embodied.

    Nelson Mandela to be buried Dec. 15 Dec 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    South Africa’s president says Nelson Mandela will be buried on Sunday, Dec. 15. President Jacob Zuma also said Friday that a memorial service in a Johannesburg stadium will be held for the anti-apartheid leader on Tuesday, Dec. 10. Zuma said that Mandela’s body will lie in state at government buildings in Pretoria from Wednesday, Dec. 11, until the burial.

  • Americans for Prosperity Illinois state director David From speaks Saturday at the Restore Illinois Summit at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

    Speaker calls Illinois ‘most crooked, most broke’ at political summit Nov 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The first Restore Illinois Summit convention brought in a veritable who's who of political heavyweights Saturday in Rosemont. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, former congressman Joe Walsh, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, all four Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidates (Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Bruce Rauner and Dan Rutherford), as well as media figures such as Dan Proft, Michelle Malkin and Dana Loesch took part in the daylong summit.

  •  Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is expected to enter prison within several weeks.

    Jackson to sell D.C. home to pay $750,000 judgmentOct 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Prison-bound former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. plans to sell his home in Washington, D.C., to help pay a $750,000 forfeiture judgment — part of his sentence for illegally dipping into his campaign coffers and spending the money on rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, furs capes, vacations, TVs and scores of other personal items. The Chicago Democrat’s attorneys and federal prosecutors mentioned the plan in a joint filing Friday.

  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio

    SPIN METER: Who’s jumping through which 2016 hoops Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    There is so much to do: Polish a record, for those in office; network with central constituencies of the party; take a serious stab at social media; start dealing with pesky baggage; and get going with a shadow campaign, which can mean bringing on national advisers, powering up a political action committee, or both. The little-knowns must get better known. The well-knowns must shape how people know them.

  • Doug Truax

    Downers Grove Republican to take on Durbin Jul 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    A Downers Grove man and West Point graduate is running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Doug Truax, 43, says he’s tired of failed leadership and wants to take the seat currently held by Democrat Dick Durbin.

  •  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Is there a leadership gap at Homeland Security? Jul 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    The pattern of putting acting officials in leadership positions at the Homeland Security Department— sometimes replacing acting officials with other acting officials — has been going on for months. This swath of vacancies raises questions about how a department depleted of permanent leadership could implement changes, particularly as Congress considers overhauling the nation’s immigration system.

  •  U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visits London Middle School on Thursday.

    Sen. Dick Durbin visits London Middle School May 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jack London Middle School students wrapped up a yearlong study of immigration last week with a visit from a sponsor of the DREAM Act. U.S. Sen. Dick Durban was there to explain the Act, as well as listen to students' proposals on immigration reform

  •  Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates heads for a meeting on Capitol Hill.

    Images: Tammy Duckworth at work in Washington May 31, 2013 12:00 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran elected last November, encountered a basic hurdle when she moved into her congressional office in January — she couldn't open her own office door. Since then, she's made her entire office accessible to those with disabilities — one part of her determination to serve as a voice on disability issues.

  • In this photo provided by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on his Twitter site, McCain visits troops at a Patriot missile site in southern Turkey, Monday, May 27, 2013. McCain quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels on Monday, confirms spokeswoman Rachael Dean. She declined further comment about the trip. (AP Photo/John McCain via Twitter)

    McCain makes surprise trip to Syria to visit rebels May 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    Republican Sen. John McCain has quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels. Spokeswoman Rachael Dean confirms the Arizona Republican made the visit. She declined further comment about the trip

  •  U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice listens during a news conference at the U.N.

    State Dep’t sought to change Libya talking points May 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when insurgents struck the U.S. mission in two nighttime attacks.

  •  In this June 23, 1982 file photo, Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures with her pen as she answers a reporters question during a news conference at the United Nations. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as “the Iron Lady” passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013.

    Images: Margaret Thatcher through the years Apr 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Margaret Thatcher, the former U.K. prime minister who helped end the Cold War and was known as the "Iron Lady" for her uncompromising style, died Monday. She was 87.

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