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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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Sandoval blames guest, vendor, ‘poor judgement’ for mock assassination of Trump at golf fundraiser

The photo has been widely condemned by politicians on both sides of the aisle — and prompted Sandoval to issue an apology this weekend. But on Monday, it appeared Sandoval was working to distance himself from his initial apology.

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Fact-check: Kinzinger off target with claim about handguns and murder

Most murders are committed with firearms, a majority of them handguns, federal data show. Even so, Kinzinger significantly stretched the facts by claiming handguns are used to commit nearly all murders.

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Trump continues to weigh Blagojevich commutation: ‘We’re looking at it. I feel very badly’

‘I floated it and I wanted to see where the Democrats stood where the Republicans stood,’ Trump said.

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Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King defends abortion bans without rape, incest exceptions

King asked whether "there would be any population of the world left" if not for births due to rape and incest. His comments drew swift condemnation from members of both parties.

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Pelosi rips ‘Moscow Mitch’ at Gov Day in Illinois — but mum’s the word on Dem dirt

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined Gov. J.B. Pritzker to try and bolster U.S. House candidates downstate on Wednesday as Democrats celebrated their first Governor’s Day in five years.

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Trump overhauling enforcement of Endangered Species Act

Critics say the move will put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction.

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New rules can deny green cards for immigrants on food stamps

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the U.S.

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Ex-governor’s clemency dreams remain on hold even though Patti Blagojevich leaves up ‘Welcome Home’ balloons

It’s unclear who put the balloons on the Blagojevich family porch. Nor does it seem any clearer when, or if, President Trump might set former Gov. Rod Blagojevich free.

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Timeline: Rod Blagojevich’s strange odyssey from the Illinois House to the Big House

Key events in Rod Blagojevich’s rise, fall and bids for freedom.

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Trump delays Blagojevich clemency decision — top Illinois pols say butt out

"White House staff is continuing the review of this matter," Trump said in a Thursday night tweet about whether he will free former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Trump ‘very strongly’ considering Blagojevich clemency: ‘Treated unbelievably unfairly’

On Air Force One Wednesday night, the president said, "So Rod Blagojevich — I am thinking very seriously about commuting his sentence so that he can go home to his family after seven years."

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After Lightfoot explodes over Ivanka Trump tweets, first daughter tries to keep relationship intact, seeks event in Chicago

A White House official told the Sun-Times Wednesday her chief of staff phoned City Hall, and the first daughter wants to work with Chicago. "We are hopeful that Mayor Lightfoot is a catalyst for change in the city."

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Illinois senators push Major League Baseball to create foul-ball injury registry

Illinois Democratic Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, already pushing for more safety netting in ballparks, say fans need to know the locations of dangerous seats.

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Lightfoot accused Ivanka Trump of getting the facts wrong, but mayor erred, too

Lightfoot gave wrong bail information about suspects charged with weapons offense during a City Hall show and tell Tuesday to intensify her running battle over what she claims is the lenient role judges have played in fueling gun violence.

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Lightfoot lashes out at Ivanka Trump for shining the light on city’s violence but misstating facts

The mayor’s fury stemmed from the fact that Ivanka Trump got her facts wrong and was spreading them like wildfire to her 6.8 million followers.

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Trump says he wants ‘strong background checks’ for gun users, gives few details

Trump spoke Monday from the White House about shootings that left 29 dead and dozens wounded.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder after trip, fall in Kentucky

McConnell tripped on his outdoor patio at his Louisville home Sunday morning, and has been treated and released after getting medical attention.

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Former homeless in Chicago now facing the prospect of losing their apartments

For 43 people who got apartments and other help through federally funded social services agency, their problems haven’t disappeared. But the government’s commitment to house them has.

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Over half of Democrats support launching impeachment inquiry

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has remained steadfast that she wants to finish investigations that are already underway before making a final decision.

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Burglar invades Rep. Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore home; Trump responds with ‘Too bad!’

The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of July 27. Cummings said he scared the would-be intruder away after he yelled. Trump has been criticizing Cummings and his district on Twitter for the last week.

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Trump says he will put 10% tariffs on remaining China imports starting Sept. 1

U.S. consumers are likely to feel the pain if Trump proceeds with the new tariffs.

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Fed cuts key rate in its first reduction in more than decade

It’s the first rate cut since December 2008 during the depths of the Great Recession, when the Fed slashed its rate to a record low near zero.

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Trump’s tweets that Baltimore is ‘rodent infested’ rings true at Kushner-owned apartments

Residents of apartments owned by Jared Kushner’s family have complained about mold, bedbugs, leaks and, yes, mice.

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Accused of racism, Trump blasts black congressman as racist

After a weekend of attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings, Trump expanded his attacks to include a prominent Cummings defender, the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Trump signs Sept. 11 victims’ compensation fund extension

The president said that the nation has a "sacred obligation" to care for the responders and their families.

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Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, resigns: Trump

President Trump tweeted Sunday that Coats would step aside on Aug. 15, and that Trump would nominate a Texas congressman, Republican John Ratcliffe, to the post.

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Fact-check: Durbin says Trump has encouraged unprecedented numbers of migrants to seek asylum; that’s not entirely true

Despite some limitations, federal data does suggest the number of credible fear claims made by migrants seeking asylum at the southwest border has hit a record high.

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Trump attacks majority-black district of Baltimore represented by Rep. Elijah Cummings

Trump’s attacks, made on Twitter, were the latest assault on a prominent lawmaker, and the people he represents, two weeks after he sparked nationwide controversy with racist tweets directed at four congresswomen of color.

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Supreme Court allows Trump administration to use Pentagon funds for border wall

The Supreme Court’s decision allows the Trump administration to tap $2.5 billion in Defense Department money to replace existing sections of barrier in Arizona, California and New Mexico with more robust fencing.

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Guatemala to sign deal with U.S. restricting asylum cases, Trump says

The agreement between the U.S. and Guatemala would require migrants, including Salvadorans and Hondurans, who cross into Guatemala on their way to the U.S. to apply for protections in Guatemala instead of at the U.S. border.

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Trump threatens Apple’s Mac Pro with tariffs if assembly moves from U.S to China

Reports showed that Apple plans to move Mac Pro assembly from Texas to China, citing difficulties finding skilled labor. In a tweet, President Trump threatened the company with 25% tariffs if production moves overseas.

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What to expect following Mueller’s testimony

President Trump claims that Mueller did a "horrible job" during his testimony, but the investigation is not over yet.