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The latest information on Illinois’ congressional delegation and how Washington politicians will affect your life, including insightful analysis from Sun-Times White House bureau chief Lynn Sweet.

Lori Lightfoot going on Stephen Colbert show, speaking at Democratic LGBTQ fundraiser

In New York trip, mayor will debut on Colbert, mine the high-roller gay Democratic community and meet with former and present Mayors Bloomberg and de Blasio.

Trump says he won’t fire Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act violations

President Donald Trump said "they’re trying to take away her right of free speech and that’s just not fair."

Sarah Sanders leaving Trump administration at month’s end

The president announced the press secretary’s departure via Twitter. No successor has been named.

Federal agency recommends Kellyanne Conway be fired from White House

A federal watchdog agency says Conway is a "repeat offender" of the Hatch Act by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity.

Dem frontrunner Biden hits Chicago for fundraising: ‘I ain’t counting on anything’

Frontrunner and former Vice President Joe Biden and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock - polling 1% or less - brought their presidential campaigns to Chicago on Wednesday.

Trumps asserts executive privilege over documents on census citizenship question

Democrats fear the question will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities, harming representation and access to federal dollars.

Pritzker signs abortion measure he says makes Illinois most ‘progressive’ on issue

The bill’s House sponsor declared the state is "building a firewall around Illinois" as neighboring states work to restrict abortions. But anti-abortion groups argue Illinois will become "an abortion destination for the country."

Jon Stewart lashes out at Congress over 9/11 victims fund

Jon Stewart also called out lawmakers for failing to attend a hearing on a bill to ensure the fund can pay benefits for the next 70 years.

Mike Pence says banning pride flags at US embassies is ‘the right decision’

The Trump administration came under fire at the beginning of June for allegedly banning U.S. embassies from flying the pride flag.

U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush apologizes for ugly campaign rhetoric

Congressman tries to mend fences with newly-minted mayor.

Trump says US, Mexico reach agreement to prevent tariffs

Trump had tweeted a more optimistic view on the negotiations from Air Force One as he flew home from Europe.

Henry Hyde, the man behind the anti-abortion amendment Biden now opposes

A former suburban Chicago GOP lawmaker, Rep. Henry Hyde, who died in 2007, authored the Hyde Amendment banning federal funds for most abortions.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot in Palm Springs: taps gay donor network, headlines Boxer PAC fundraiser

Mayor Lightfoot, in California will headline a Friday fundraiser for a PAC run by former Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. "We are very excited to meet her," Boxer told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Trump rolls back Obama-era efforts with ban on popular travel to Cuba

The sanctions are expected to take effect on Wednesday after they are published in the Federal Register but won’t impact anyone who has already paid for the trip.

Trump denies calling Meghan Markle ‘nasty’ despite interview recording

Trump claims the quote was manufactured by the "Fake News Media," even though his remark can be heard during a recording of the interview released by The Sun.

Trump announces tariffs to pressure Mexico on immigration

"The Tariff will gradually increase until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied," Trump wrote in a tweet.

In new book, John Paul Stevens relates a lifetime of legal reasoning

Former Supreme Court eminence’s "The Making of a Justice" recounts his long, rich career.

Fox News’ Mark Levin, Delia Owens top Publishers Weekly best-sellers list

Pundit’s ‘Unfreedom of the Press’ jumps to top among nonfiction books; ‘Where the Crawdads Sing‘ remains hugely popular

Trump denies involvement in request to keep McCain ship out of sight

Trump acknowledged that he "was not a big fan" of the late senator "in any way, shape or form."

Tina Tchen stepping up fight to quash Jussie Smollett subpoena

Tina Tchen, former chief of staff to former first lady Michelle Obama, in new court filings, argues the subpoena filed by retired Judge Sheila O’Brien is improper.

Special counsel Robert Mueller says he’s leaving Justice Department

Mueller made the announcement Wednesday in his first public statement since his appointment two years ago.

Former Chicago Historical Society chief Lonnie Bunch to become new Smithsonian Institution leader

Bunch was the first director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Harriet Tubman $20 bill not ready for 2020 release, feds say

You won’t get your hands on a Tubman 20 until 2028 — eight years after its planned 2020 release.

Underwood’s sharp questioning of DHS acting chief about migrant children deaths earns her a rebuke

Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., accused the DHS acting chief of "intentionally" backing policies causing the deaths of migrant children.

House hearing gets heated over detained migrant children’s deaths

A 2-year-old child died last week after he and his mother were detained by the Border Patrol.

Pelosi: Trump ‘engaged in a cover up’

Pelosi has said she believes Trump is "goading" Democrats into impeachment.

Kamala Harris proposes bill to address racial bias in maternal care

The bill is aimed at improving medical care for groups of women who, research suggests, might be denied first rate care because of their race.

Democrats call for impeachment as ex-White House lawyer defies subpoena

"We are confronting what might be the largest, broadest cover-up in American history," Democrat and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.

Trump can’t block subpoena of financial records, judge rules

Even before the ruling, scholars had said President Donald Trump’s legal argument — that the subpoena "has no legitimate legislative purpose" — had little merit.

Trump warns Iran not to threaten US or it will face ‘end’

Iran’s foreign minister quickly responded in kind on Twitter with his own message: #NeverThreatenAnIranian.

‘Mayor Pete’ tells Chicago crowd he’s not resting on early buzz: ‘This is a marathon’

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg took his message to Chicago, where he said he’d create a "new normal" for Democrats — painting himself as a Midwestern leader who helped to revive a dying city.

Howard Stern writes in new book about big regret, cancer scare and evolving

Stern says part of being "a good interviewer" means "you have to be willing to let somebody else shine."