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Democratic Party of Illinois chair race down to Michelle Harris, Robin Kelly: Vote on Wednesday

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Biden White House makes it official: John Lausch to stay as Chicago’s top federal prosecutor

"In very limited exceptions, including the Northern District of Illinois, the administration has opted not to seek new candidates for U.S. Attorney positions at this time," a White House official said Sunday.

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Trump attacks Kinzinger, other Republicans who backed impeachment in CPAC speech

"I’m not surprised by anything he said. I expected to be called out by name. I’m surprised it’s taken this long," said Kinzinger.

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Retiring Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard Ford II

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined by Chicago Fire Commissioner Richard Ford II. Ford said he fully expects to take over another big-city fire department after catching up on sleep and traveling with his wife. He’s already fielding offers from across the country and around the world.

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As Chicagoans face ‘serious problems’ with mail delivery, Durbin urges Trump-appointed postmaster general to ‘step aside’

"The leadership of the U.S. Post Office must be held accountable for the fact that it continues a downward spiral into chaos, mismanagement and dysfunction," Ald. Brian Hopkins said during a news conference Sunday alongside Durbin.

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House passes $1.9T COVID relief bill on near party-line vote

The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate.

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Taxpayers get a break: Kodatt declines nearly $6,000 in pay for just two days in Madigan’s old House seat

Comptroller Susana Mendoza had called on Kodatt to pass on the $5,788.66 he had coming to him under state law, even though he served less than a full week, introduced no bills, took no votes and attended no legislative sessions.

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Downstate Republican says he removed far-right militia decal from his truck — but Democrats and Kinzinger call for probe

State Rep. Chris Miller denied any involvement with the extremist organization called the Three Percenters after his pick-up truck was photographed with the sticker in its back window in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6.

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‘Hot mic’ ensnares Homewood village officials in fight over former country club land

Comments captured on Zoom include remarks about people who oppose plans to build shipping and warehouse facilities on the former site of Calumet Country Club.

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White House climate czar: Texas storm ‘a wake-up call’

In an interview with The Associated Press, Gina McCarthy said the storm that devastated Texas and other states "is not going to be as unusual as people had hoped."

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Much of Chicago burned last year, not just the Loop, with a big rise in arson cases

Arsons were up nearly 65%, a Sun-Times analysis finds. Hardest hit: the South Side and the West Side. Even during post-George Floyd riots, most arsons were linked to gangs. And it’s not just Chicago.

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Bringing the COVID-19 vaccine directly to public housing senior residents is a great idea

Chicago and Cook County are doing just that. Ellyson Carter, 63, is among those who signed up despite being "a little apprehensive. But I want to be a part of what makes this nation heal."

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Biden says US airstrikes in Syria told Iran: ‘Be careful’

"You can’t act with impunity. Be careful," Joe Biden said when a reporter asked what message he intended to send with the airstrikes, which the Pentagon said destroyed several buildings in eastern Syria but were not intended to eradicate the militia groups that used them to facilitate attacks inside Iraq.

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First Black speaker of Illinois House hints at need for more diversity in legislative district map

"I think a fair map is a map that reflects the diversity of our state," Welch said. "Diversity is the strength of Illinois."

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City Council authorizes $377 million in federal stimulus spending

Mayor Lori Lightfoot was confident she would get her way 48 hours after two City Council critics used a parliamentary maneuver to delay the vote. And she was right.

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US implicates Saudi crown prince in journalist’s killing

The central conclusion of the report was widely expected given that intelligence officials were said to have reached it soon after the brutal Oct. 2, 2018, murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s authoritarian consolidation of power.

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Despite cardinal’s plea, Dominicans haven’t posted a list of members credibly accused of abuse

The order’s Midwest leader blames the difficulty of corroborating allegations. Other Catholic orders have released such lists over the past few years.

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Church officials OK’d moving another priest accused of abuse to Hyde Park friary, records show

A 2018 case involving St. John Stone Friary — which is near a Catholic school — caused a stir. But it wasn’t the first time a priest facing child sex-abuse allegations was moved there, once-secret records show.

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United Center to become mass vaccination site March 10

Residents from across the state eventually will be eligible to register for an appointment there, but sign-ups initially will be limited to people 65 or older.

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Mortgage lending practices criticized at City Council committee hearing

Joe and Rayne Bozeman recounted a banking odyssey that took them from Chase Bank to Wintrust Bank to Rocket Mortgage — with different denial explanations at every stop.

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A Chicago summer? CPD is planning for it

The Chicago Police Department refused to say what types of major events Mayor Lightfoot is contemplating.

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Once the mainstream model, Michigan GOP embraces right wing

While the state has swung back to Democrats since Trump’s narrow 2016 win, choosing President Joe Biden by more than 150,000 votes, Michigan’s Republican Party has taken a hard right turn.

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Some local GOP leaders fire up base with conspiracies, lies

The Associated Press reviewed public and private social media accounts of nearly 1,000 federal, state, and local elected and appointed Republican officials nationwide, many of whom have voiced support for the Jan. 6 insurrection or demanded that the 2020 presidential election be overturned, sometimes in deleted posts or now-removed online forums.

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Biden surveys weather harm, encourages virus shots in Texas

The brutal winter weather across the South over Valentine’s Day weekend battered multiple states, with Texas bearing the brunt of unseasonably frigid conditions that caused widespread power outages and frozen pipes that burst and flooded homes.

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Dems near relief bill OK by House, ponder wage plan rescue

Republicans have lined up against the plan, calling it an overpriced and wasteful attempt to help Democratic allies like labor unions and Democratic-run states.

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Eight almost enough? Endorsements make Ald. Harris clear frontrunner in race to lead state Democratic Party

Ald. Michelle Harris (8th) received eight endorsements Thursday, bringing her nearly two-thirds of the vote needed to succeed Mike Madigan as party chair.

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Madigan Appointment 2.0: New successor sworn in to replace the guy who only lasted three days

The appointment to the House seat Madigan held for 50 years took roughly five minutes. In their quick do-over, Democrats picked Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar, who had finished second to Edward Guerra Kodatt, who was sworn in on Sunday but resigned Wednesday.

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Sunshine in Madigan’s 13th Ward? Sort of — but it sure wasn’t in the forecast

It was as if Madigan was so humiliated by his own organization screwing it up the first time that he just decided to end the controversy and put the whole matter behind him. If only by accident, that more open process that I had disparaged ended up being fruitful.

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The inside story about Rep. Marie Newman, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and their transgender rights fight

Newman, in a House floor speech supporting the LGBTQ Equality Rights Act, talked about her trans daughter; Greene later engaged in a personal transphobic attack.

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Feds charge owner of home where Bridgeport bank president died as ‘massive fraud’ case expands

It’s the latest development in a case that traces back to Dec. 3, 2017, when John F. Gembara, president of Washington Federal Bank for Savings was found dead in Marek Matczuk’s home.

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US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-back militia

The airstrike was the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its intent to put more focus on the challenges posed by China, even as Mideast threats persist.

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Conservative gathering to feature Trump’s false fraud claims

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference and a Donald Trump ally, said discussion panels on election integrity would highlight "huge" evidence of illegal voting in Georgia, Nevada and elsewhere that ultimately swung the election for Democrat Joe Biden.

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Biden marks 50M vaccine doses in first 5 weeks in office

"The more people get vaccinated, the faster we’re going to beat this pandemic," Joe Biden said, noting that his administration is on course to exceed his promise to deliver 100 million shots in his first 100 days in office.

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House votes to expand legal safeguards for LGBTQ people

The Equality Act amends existing civil rights law to explicitly include sexual orientation and gender identification as protected characteristics.

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Speed cameras to start churning out $35 tickets Monday under lower threshold

City Hall says the decision to start ticketing motorists caught driving 6 mph to 10 mph over the posted speed limit was triggered by a 45% surge in traffic fatalities, but Ald. Anthony Beale doesn’t buy it. It’s about generating more revenue for the city, he said.

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Pritzker announces state funding for 4 Chicago-area projects

A massive community center slated to break ground in June in the North Austin neighborhood is among the Rebuild Illinois projects.