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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.

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Lightfoot slams Republicans running for governor over making Chicago crime a campaign issue

"Vilifying the economic engine of your state just strikes me as a really foolhardy strategy," Mayor Lori Lightfoot told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Before pullout from Afghanistan, U.S. watchdog warned Afghan air force would collapse

Months before President Joe Biden announced the end to America’s longest war, a classified, year-old watchdog report warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without U.S. aid, training and American maintenance.

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How to get free COVID-19 tests as federal testing website launches

Starting Tuesday, the website COVIDTests.gov is providing tests at no cost, including no shipping fee.

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Republicans didn’t bother to recruit a candidate to run against Sen. Tammy Duckworth

Meanwhile, Aurora Mayor Irvin is poised to launch his GOP governor bid on Monday, with his campaign lifted by the perception he will get the backing of billionaire Ken Griffin.

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Jonathan Jackson mulling run for Bobby Rush seat

Jackson told the Sun-Times if he ran, he would have the support of his father, Rev. Jesse Jackson.

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After Supreme Court loss on COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Biden administration regroups

At a time when hospitals are being overrun and record numbers of people are getting infected with the omicron variant, the administration hopes states and companies will order their own vaccinate-or-test requirements.

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US Rep. John Katko, who voted to impeach Trump, won’t run again

The congressman from Camillus in central New York said in a statement sent to news organizations that he will not run for a fifth term "so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way."

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Retiring Rep. Bobby Rush endorses Karin Norington-Reaves in Democratic primary for his House seat

The Illinois Democrat, who will retire from Congress next year after 15 terms, gave a significant boost to the candidacy of Norington-Reaves in the historic Black congressional district.

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Chicago business groups welcome Supreme Court decision to halt Biden’s vaccine mandate although some will still require shots

But the court upheld the administration’s mandate for health care workers.

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Oath Keepers head charged with Jan. 6 seditious conspiracy

Despite hundreds of charges already brought in the year since pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory, these were the first seditious conspiracy charges levied in connection with the attack on Jan. 6, 2021.

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Jan. 6 panel requests interview from GOP leader Kevin McCarthy

Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, Democratic chairman of the panel, requested that McCarthy, R-Calif., provide information to the nine-member panel regarding the violence that took place last January and his communications with former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the days prior to the attack.

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Army ups bonuses for recruits to $50K, as COVID takes toll

Maj. Gen. Kevin Vereen, head of Army Recruiting Command, told AP that shuttered schools and the competitive job market over the past year have posed significant challenges for recruiters.

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Biden calls for lifting Senate filibuster to pass voting rights bills: Stuck without Manchin support

Without the backing of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Democrats have no chance to pass a voting rights bill.

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Senate passes bill to honor Emmett Till and his mother

Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Richard Burr, R-N.C., introduced the bill to honor Till and his mother with the highest civilian honor that Congress awards. They described the legislation as a long overdue recognition of what the Till family endured and what they accomplished in their fight against injustice.

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Medicare limits coverage of $28,000-a-year Alzheimer’s drug

The initial determination from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services means that for Medicare to pay, patients taking Biogen’s Aduhelm medication will have to be part of clinical trials to assess the drug’s effectiveness in slowing the progression of early-stage dementia as well as its safety.

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Biden on voting rights passage: ‘I’m tired of being quiet!’

President Joe Biden told a crowd in Atlanta that he’d been having quiet conversations with senators for months over the two bills — a lack of progress that has brought his criticism from activists in his own party.

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Karin Norington-Reaves jumps in Democratic primary to succeed Rep. Bobby Rush

Norington-Reaves joins a 1st congressional district Democratic primary field likely to grow in the wake of Rush’s announcement he will not seek a 16th term.

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U.S. Rep. Sean Casten in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Casten, 50, said he’s fully vaccinated and received a booster dose. He described his symptoms as ‘mild.’

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Biden’s workplace vaccine rule faces Supreme Court skeptics

The arguments come at a time of spiking coronavirus cases because of the Omicron variant, and the decision Friday by seven justices to wear masks for the first time while hearing arguments reflected the new phase of the pandemic.

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Biden decries Trump backers’ ‘dagger at throat’ of democracy

"For the first time in our history, a president not just lost an election, he tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power as a violent mob breached the Capitol," President Joe Biden said. "You can’t love your country only when you win."

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‘A battle for the soul of America’

On the first anniversary of Trump’s mob storming the Capitol, Biden, Harris call out lies and rally their forces.

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The hard right in Illinois, one year after the Jan. 6 attack

"Jan. 6 was not the end," David Goldenberg, the Midwest regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, has said of the continued extremism threat. "It was just the end of the beginning."

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Treasure hunters sue for records on FBI’s dig for Civil War gold in remote Pennsylvania

‘It seems as if the FBI is doing everything it can to avoid answering the question of whether they actually found gold’ when they excavated Dent’s Run in 2018, a lawyer says.

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US prisons director resigning after crises-filled tenure

Michael Carvajal, a Trump administration holdover who’s been at the center of myriad crises within the federal prison system, has told Attorney General Merrick Garland he is resigning, the Justice Department said.

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Ald. Pat Dowell drops secretary of state bid, jumps into House race to replace U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush

While Dowell was a longshot in the secretary of state primary, she starts her congressional race in a strong position, with a political and fundraising campaign operation already in place.

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US advisers endorse Pfizer COVID boosters for younger teens

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes recommendations for vaccinations and on Wednesday, its advisers voted that a booster was safe for the younger teens and should be offered to them once enough time — five months — has passed since their last shot.

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Rep. Kinzinger to focus on fighting right-wing extremism, won’t run for governor or Senate

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., is a member of the Jan. 6 panel probing the Capitol attack. He earlier announced he will not seek another term in the House.

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Ald. Pat Dowell on verge of running for Rep. Bobby Rush seat: Would drop secretary of state bid

At a news conference Tuesday, Rep. Bobby Rush, who will not seek a 16th term in Congress, said he plans to endorse a successor in the coming weeks.

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Sen. Dick Durbin endorses Anna Valencia for Illinois secretary of state

In endorsing Valencia, Durbin said, "She is part of the newest generation of Democrats who are critical to our future in this state."

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Rep. Bobby Rush to retire after 15 terms

Rush, elected to Congress in 1992, said in an interview he intends to stay active in his ministry and find ways to use his remarkable life story — a trajectory from a 1960s radical to House member — to inspire younger generations.

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FDA expands Pfizer boosters for 12- to 15-year-olds

Boosters already are recommended for everyone 16 and older, and federal regulators on Monday decided they’re also warranted for 12- to 15-year-olds once enough time has passed since their last dose.

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Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr. subpoenaed by NY attorney general

The subpoenas, stemming from Attorney General Letitia James’ yearslong investigation into matters including "the valuation of properties owned or controlled" by Trump and his company, the Trump Organization, came to light after James went to court last month seeking to force the Trumps to comply.