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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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NY prosecutors subpoena 8 years of Trump’s federal, state tax returns

The Manhattan district attorney’s office sent a subpoena to President Trump’s accounting firm seeking the last eight years of state and federal tax returns for Trump and his company, the Trump Organization.

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Lawyers for Hastert victim to go to federal court for help in civil case over hush money

‘It’s safe to say … he may change his story,’ victim’s attorney says

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Immigrant rights groups blast U.S. Supreme Court, Trump on asylum rule

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling will allow the Trump administration to start denying asylum applications at the southern border.

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China lifts tariffs on U.S. soybeans, pork as Trump postpones tariff hike

Hopes are growing that the U.S. and China might defuse the prolonged dispute that is threatening global economic growth. But there has been no sign of progress on the main issues of trade and technology.

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College students’ latest headache? Digital access fees on top of rising textbook prices

The planned merger of publishing giants McGraw-Hill and Cengage could mean even higher costs, consumer advocates, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin are warning.

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American Blues Theater’s ‘Five Presidents’ imagines what went on in real life at Nixon’s funeral

There’s the mild frisson of seeing these august commanders-in-chief cursing, drinking and voicing petty beefs. But Rick Cleveland’s play doesn’t ultimately reveal much human truth.

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FBI files shed light on nearly a century of threats to Chicago politicians — and an alderman suspected of being a secret communist

The ire that’s been directed over the years at political figures in Illinois often has been about race, patriotism and gun control, according to a new Sun-Times database compiled from FBI reports.

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FBI records reveal one Catholic bishop’s views on race, another’s taste for angel food cake

The agency kept tabs on Chicago Cardinal John Cody and his views on MLK, and its files on Catholic Bishop Fulton Sheen were filled with details about what he did, the people he saw and even what he liked to eat.

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Ex-FBI executive Andrew McCabe may face criminal charges related to 2016 media leak

It is not immediately clear whether the Justice Department will file criminal charges against the former No. 2 at the FBI.

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Cruz on Lightfoot’s call to visit Chicago to discuss gun violence:  ‘The invitation as I perceive it is to a political circus.’

‘Oh, I’d be happy to go to Chicago,’ said Cruz, immediately qualifying his answer. ‘But given the tone and anger in her response, I’m not sure we would see a civil or substantive conversation rather than just a political show.’

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‘Time is ticking’ on new teachers contract; Chicago schools chief says she’ll join talks when ‘appropriate’

"As we get closer to ... finalizing and landing this thing there will be a role" for her, Jackson, said Wednesday.

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Supreme Court approves enforcement of Trump administration’s asylum limits

The policy is meant to deny asylum to anyone who passes through another country on the way to the U.S. without seeking protection there.

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Sen. Dick Durbin, leading anti-tobacco crusader, welcomes Trump administration move to curb e-cigarettes

‘Finally, the FDA is doing its job,’ Durbin said.

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Civil case over Hastert hush-money payments could go to trial after judge’s ruling

The civil case brought by Hastert’s victim — who is referred to as "James Doe" in the lawsuit — has been simmering in Kendall County ever since the spring of 2016.

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Fact-check: They signed the Declaration of Independence — but nearly three-quarters also owned slaves

Using books, historical organizations, research articles and other sources, PolitiFact found there is strong evidence to back Chicago documentary filmmaker Arlen Parsa’s claim.

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Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Bolton ouster: Trump, aides, ‘can’t seem to get their act together’

Duckworth on the aborted meeting with the Taliban: ‘What was he doing inviting the Taliban to Camp David in the first place?’

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The Notorious RBG: Justice Ginsburg raps on the past, the future, Antonin Scalia — and Biggie

The liberal icon turned pop-culture figure spoke at the University of Chicago on Monday.

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Trump calls off secret meeting with Taliban, Afghan leaders

Trump cited the death of a U.S. solider and 11 others in an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan as his reason for canceling.

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Duckworth bill would help put seat belts on every U.S. school bus

‘No parent should worry that their child could be injured on a school bus,’ the senator said at a Friday afternoon press conference.

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Agency reverses course on Trump’s Alabama Hurricane Dorian claim

An unidentified spokesman said "tropical-storm-force winds" could have affected Alabama. But the union representing weather service employees called that statement "utterly disgusting and disingenuous."

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Trump is X-factor in N.C. election tossup testing his influence and GOP’s suburban losses

Both parties are pouring resources into the state, hoping to claim a morale-boosting win to juice candidate recruitment and fundraising.

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Community groups hold workshop in Brighton Park to better protect immigrant families

In August, the Trump administration announced new rules that could prevent thousands of immigrants from obtaining green cards.

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Sean Casten at Trump impeachment town hall in Downers Grove: Wants ‘a shared set of facts’

If freshman Rep. Sean Casten, D-Ill., had wanted to play it safe, he wouldn’t have devoted a town hall to Trump’s impeachment.

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Patti Blagojevich jolted by Schock’s ‘sweetheart deal’ — ‘Where is the outrage?’

"I cannot even wrap my head around this — six months of probation vs. 14 years for Rod," Patti Blagojevich wrote. "Where is the outrage??"

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Trump pulls out apparently hand-altered ‘better map’ to bolster his claim of Alabama hurricane threat

Trump had no explanation for who had altered the map he displayed in the White House. But he told reporters, "I know that Alabama was in the original forecast."

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Pfleger announces anti-gun rally in nation’s capital, slams ‘ignorant’ Ted Cruz

"It’s sad when you see somebody who holds an elected office be so ignorant and uninformed," Pfleger said of the Republican Senator from Texas.

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Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock officially off the hook for public corruption charges

‘There’s a difference between mistakes and crimes,’ Schock said in March after a deal with prosecutors was approved.

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Fact-check: Is Casten right that we have ‘less than a decade’ to avert climate disaster?

Casten’s claim traces back to a 2018 report that said nations must take "unprecedented" actions to reduce emissions to put them on different trajectory by 2030 to avoid more severe impacts from warming. However, it did not identify the hard deadline Casten and others have suggested.

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Republican Rep. Shimkus won’t run again in 2020

John Shimkus said he’s giving up his seat after more than 20 years in Congress. He’s represents the 15th District, which includes all or part of 33 counties stretching from central Illinois to near the southern tip of the state.

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Pritzker grants clemency to Army veteran deported to Mexico — blasting Trump and Rauner for the ‘unfortunate circumstances’

Miguel Perez-Montes was deported in March 2018, "without prior contact with his family, left at the Mexican border nearly penniless without clothing or shelter," the governor’s office said.

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Tennessee, whose governor opposes legalizing marijuana, pulls out of Illinois’ weed business

Its treasurer has sold off that state’s stock in a company that owns and leases back a $25 million cultivation center in downstate Barry after learning from a Sun-Times reporter his agency had invested in the business.

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Michael Bauer, instrumental in the election of LGBTQ candidates including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, dead at 66

‘He was absolutely essential to me and a whole number of people along the way, including our present mayor,’ said Tom Chiola, the first openly gay candidate to win election in Illinois.