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  • Quinn: Bill Clinton expected in Chicago next week Oct 17, 2014 5:40 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says former President Bill Clinton is coming to Chicago next week. Quinn told reporters Friday that he and Clinton share an alma mater of Georgetown University. He says Clinton will talk about what they learned there about growing an economy by investing in people and taking “care of everyone.”

  • At Northwestern, Obama touts economic gains Oct 2, 2014 6:58 PM
    President Barack Obama, in a speech at Northwestern University on Thursday, acknowledged his pivotal role in the midterm political campaign, arguing the November congressional elections are a referendum on his economic policies and blaming Republicans for blocking his efforts to boost wages and create more jobs.

  • Ronald Burris’ name comes up in court Sep 26, 2014 10:18 PM
    An Illinois Democrat appointed by disgraced former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to the U.S. Senate in 2008 has become an issue in the lead-up to a federal trial in Chicago, with defense attorneys claiming onetime Sen. Roland Burris was once accused of seeking to extort a business. Word about the allegation against the 77-year-old Burris, who held the Senate seat from 2009 to 2010, arose during a pretrial hearing Friday for a Chicago man charged with illegally lobbying U.S. lawmakers to lift sanctions against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Prosecutors have indicated they will call Burris to testify against C. Gregory Turner, who has pleaded not guilty. Defense lawyers are attempting to dent the ex-senator’s credibility. The trial starts Monday. Blagojevich is serving a 14-year prison term on multiple corruption convictions, including for trying to secure campaign cash or a high-paying job for an appointment to the Senate seat, which was vacated by Barack Obama after he won the 2008 presidential election. Amid a political firestorm following his December 2008 arrest, then-Gov. Blagojevich, who is also a Democrat, named Burris to the seat. Burris, a former Illinois attorney general, was widely ridiculed for accepting the appointment. Turner’s attorneys said in court Friday that the extortion allegation against Burris was described in federal documents that prosecutors turned over to the defense as part of the pretrial discovery process. Neither the defense nor prosecutors provided details in court. But after the Friday afternoon hearing, defense attorney James Tunick spoke to reporters holding what he said was one of the federal documents. The word “SENSITIVE” was stamped across it in capital letters. “The accusation was that Sen. Burris offered to promote a ... business to the U.S. military in exchange for $250,000 a year when he (left) office,” said Tunick. He looked down at the document and appeared to be paraphrasing it — not quoting it directly. Defense attorneys did not say if federal prosecutors ever took the allegations seriously or, if they did, over what period of time — weeks, days or merely hours. A message left for Burris at his Chicago law firm wasn’t immediately returned Friday night, and he does not have a listed home number. A one-time attorney for Burris, Timothy W. Wright III, said he no longer represented the former senator. But he said he would forward a message to Burris that The Associated Press was seeking a comment regarding the allegations. The trial prosecutors did not speak to reporters outside court, and a spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, Randall Samborn, later declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the FBI in Chicago, Joan Hyde, also declined to make any comment.

  • Springfield cemetery restoring Abe Lincoln’s vault Sep 15, 2014 5:07 PM
    A vault that temporarily held Abraham Lincoln’s body is set to be restored for an upcoming event that will mark the anniversary of his 1865 funeral in Springfield.

  • Can Obama wage war without consent of Congress? Sep 12, 2014 9:29 AM
    The White House says Bush-era congressional authorizations for the war on al-Qaida and the Iraq invasion give Obama the authority to expand the fighting in Syria and Iraq without new approval by Congress under the 1973 War Powers Act. “The president has the authority, the statutory authority that he needs,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Others disagreed.

  • Highway interchange named for former Chicago mayor Aug 29, 2014 4:49 PM
    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the new name Friday afternoon for what’s known as the Circle Interchange. Its new name is the Jane Byrne Interchange.

  • Lincoln library plans Stevenson family exhibit Aug 26, 2014 4:52 PM
    Officials at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum are planning an exhibit featuring former Gov. Adlai Stevenson II and his family’s political dynasty.

  • New papers added to Lincoln collection Aug 11, 2014 8:14 PM
    A documentary project about Abraham Lincoln has scanned two previously unknown papers from the former president for its collection. The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a project dedicated to identifying and publishing all documents written by or to the 16th president during his lifetime.

  • Images: James Brady, 1940 - 2014 Aug 4, 2014 2:16 PM
    James Brady, the White House press secretary gravely wounded during the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died Monday, his family announced. Brady was 73. Brady, an Illinois native and University of Illinois graduate, undertook a personal crusade for gun control after suffering the devastating bullet wound to his head.

  • Chicago committee OKs naming plaza for Byrne Jul 29, 2014 6:50 PM
    A Chicago City Council committee has advanced a plan to name a plaza next to a downtown landmark in honor of former Mayor Jane Byrne. Byrne held office from 1979 to 1983. She was the city’s first and only female mayor.

  • U.S. Senate honors Alan Dixon Jul 8, 2014 3:57 PM
    The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution honoring former Sen. Alan Dixon, who died Sunday at age 86 at his home in Fairview Heights.

  • Former Gov. Ryan: ‘Americans should come to their senses’ Jul 4, 2014 10:30 PM
    George Ryan, an ex-Illinois governor and now an ex-convict, says he’d like to re-engage with the cause he left behind when he went to prison in 2007 — campaigning for the end of the death penalty in the U.S. “Americans should come to their senses,” Ryan said this week, in an hourlong interview with The Associated Press at his kitchen table. Newly free to speak after a year of federal supervision that followed his more than five years in prison for corruption, Ryan appeared to have recovered some of his old voice and feistiness, in contrast to the subdued figure that emerged a year ago from the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, and ducked briefly into a Chicago halfway house.

  • Appeals court upholds Beavers' tax conviction Jul 1, 2014 8:13 AM
    A federal appeals court has upheld the tax-evasion conviction of a once-influential Chicago Democrat. Monday's 26-page ruling from a three-judge panel is at least partly academic. Last month, former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers completed his six-month prison term for failing to declare campaign cash he used to gamble.

  • Jackson Jr. on track for early release Jun 2, 2014 5:59 PM
    Imprisoned Illinois ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is on track to be released from federal prison earlier than first expected because of his completion of a drug or alcohol treatment program. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Jackson is now scheduled to be released Sept. 20, 2015. The Chicago Democrat is serving a 2½-year sentence after admitting to illegally using campaign money. The 49-year-old Jackson admitted spending $750,000 of donors’ money on more than 3,000 personal items. He was scheduled for release Dec. 31, 2015. Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke would not say what treatment Jackson has received, adding an inmate’s programming history is not discussed by prison officials.

  • GOP lawmakers: Prisoner exchange violated law May 31, 2014 4:45 PM
    Two Republican lawmakers say President Barack Obama violated U.S. laws when he approved the exchange of an American soldier believed held by Islamist insurgents for five years for five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

  • Report: Clinton defends response to Benghazi in book May 30, 2014 8:31 PM
    Republicans have accused the Obama administration of stonewalling congressional investigators and misleading the public about the nature of the attack in the weeks before the presidential election. Republicans used the attack to try to undermine President Barack Obama’s re-election and, now, to tarnish the still-uncertain Clinton bid to replace him in early 2017.

  • Obama: U.S. must lead globally but show restraint May 28, 2014 6:49 PM
    In a broad defense of his foreign policy, President Barack Obama declared Wednesday that the U.S. remains the world’s most indispensable nation, even after a “long season of war,” but argued for restraint before embarking on more military adventures.

  • Jackson Jr. to refinance home to pay fines May 16, 2014 4:14 PM
    Court documents filed by lawyers for ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. say the imprisoned politician is refinancing a home to pay forfeiture judgments related to his federal corruption conviction.

  • Sept. 11 museum opens to relatives and survivors May 15, 2014 9:01 PM
    Victims' friends and relatives, rescue workers and 9/11 survivors descended into the space where the World Trade Center once stood and revisited the tragedy as the National Sept. 11 Memorial Museum was dedicated by President Barack Obama as a symbol that says of America: “Nothing can ever break us.”

  • Inmate writes about ex-congressman’s life in prison May 13, 2014 12:43 AM
    A letter written by an inmate who shared time with ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. at a North Carolina federal prison says Jackson is doing a “fastidious job” scrubbing toilets, showers, and sinks.

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