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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.

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."

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announces bid for 2020 Democratic presidential race

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announces bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Trump targets surplus Pell Grant money for NASA’s budget boost

The Trump administration is hoping to shift money for Pell Grants for college education to fund new spending, including a $1.6 billion bump for NASA.

Robocalls targeted by legislative crackdown

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin pledged to not use robocalls again for campaign purposes.

How the trade war with China could affect consumers

The 25% tariff on $200 billion in Chinese imports went into effect Friday. Here's what you need to know about the U.S. trade war with China.

Someone polling for an Ives challenge against Casten; Will she run?

Ives, a West Point graduate, told the Chicago Sun-Times she is not closing any doors.

Should Democrats avoid a female candidate if they want to win?

The truth is probably closer to this: The right woman candidate hasn't run yet.

Obama Foundation launches 1st My Brother’s Keeper strategy in Chicago

"There are young men in this city playing by the rules who aren't getting opportunities they deserve. President Obama sees himself in these young men"

New James Patterson thriller, Mueller Report book top best-sellers list

James Patterson's latest "Women's Murder Club" novel jumps to No. 1 among fiction best-sellers, Washington Post's Mueller book is tops in nonfiction.

House panel votes Barr in contempt, escalating Trump dispute

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, escalating the Democrats' extraordinary legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report.

Under Donald Trump, drone strikes far exceed Obama’s numbers

Trump has escalated the number of U.S. drone strikes overseas, and made the program even more secretive.

Trump calls massive tax write offs for real estate losses ‘sport’

Trump reported business losses of $46.1 million in 1985, and a total of $1.17 billion in losses for the 10-year period.

Trump invokes ‘privilege,’ aims to block full release of Mueller report

The decision came just as the House Judiciary Committee was considering holding William Barr in contempt for failing to release the report.

Lightfoot in D.C. wants to work with Trump; ‘not going to compromise my values’

Mayor-elect Lightfoot kicked off the first of a three-day visit with a fundraising prospecting meeting, then a White House huddle with Ivanka Trump.

Mayor-elect Lightfoot meets with Ivanka Trump at White House

Lightfoot was not scheduled to meet with the president.

Trump lost more than $1 billion in a decade, tax documents show

Donald Trump's businesses lost more than $1 billion from 1985 to 1994, based on tax information the New York Times acquired.

Elizabeth Warren calls on House to begin impeachment process

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said the House should begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Lori Lightfoot to huddle with Ivanka Trump at the White House on Tuesday

Lightfoot and President Trump "are not scheduled to meet," but that doesn't rule out the potential that there could be a meeting if Trump is so moved.

US plans to hike tariffs Friday after China’s ‘reneging’

Accusing Beijing of "reneging" on commitments it made in earlier talks, the nation's top trade negotiator said Monday that the Trump administration will increase tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods Friday, a sharp escalation in a yearlong trade dispute.

US sends carrier to Mideast, citing unspecific Iran threats

The U.S. also recently designated Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, the first ever for an entire division of another government.

Michael Cohen takes swipe at Trump while reporting to federal prison

"I hope that when I return to my family that the country will be in a place without xenophobia, injustice and lies," said Michael Cohen.

US to permit 30,000 more temporary work visas

The move reflects how the booming economy has complicated President Donald Trump's efforts to restrict legal immigration.

Newman wins early endorsements of progressive groups in bid against Lipinski

The Monday joint endorsement of Marie Newman by 6 leading progressive groups sends a strong signal to progressives in the 3rd Congressional District.