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  • 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.

  • Geithner's memoir blasts Kirk's comments on China May 13, 2014 7:47 AM
    In his new memoir, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner claims U.S. Sen Mark Kirk, of Illinois, advised Chinese officials in 2009 not to buy Treasury notes or other U.S. government debt. Geithner calls Kirk's fears “delusional” and ones that undermined American interests abroad.

  • White House goes solar with roof panels May 10, 2014 1:31 PM
    The project required technicians to first drill down to the concrete on the White House roof, then use epoxy glue and threaded rods to install a gridded subassembly onto which the solar panels could be secured.

  • Obamacare to gridlock, all’s fair game for Obama’s jokes May 4, 2014 10:42 AM
    From the bungled rollout of “Obamacare” to New Jersey gridlock to the hue of John Boehner’s tan, all was fair game for President Barack Obama and his spirited but pointed humor when he took center stage as comedian in chief. At the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday, Obama observed that the House speaker’s fellow Republicans have lately been as critical of Boehner as they’ve been of him. “Which proves that orange really is the new black,” Obama said to roars of laughter.

  • Hillary Clinton honored in Chicago May 3, 2014 8:35 PM
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton returned Saturday night to Illinois, where she was born and raised, to accept the state’s top honor from Gov. Pat Quinn. “I am so grateful for the experiences that I had growing up here — the quality of education and opportunity that I was given, the support that I saw at every turn,” said Clinton, 66.

  • Former state Rep. Farnham charged with possessing child porn Apr 29, 2014 1:53 PM
    Former state Rep. Keith Farnham is charged with possessing child pornography in a federal complaint that claims the Democrat traded lurid content online from his legislative office in Elgin. An affidavit claims Farnham used a Yahoo email address to chat about child pornography, get videos that show lurid acts performed on children and trade material with “dozens of individuals."

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