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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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Dem Rep. Marie Newman slams new Democratic Illinois congressional map

The first-time congresswoman is in a district with GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Rep. Bobby Rush also doesn’t like his remapped district, which remains heavily Democratic.

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Illinois Dems unveil new congressional map Friday as Republican Kinzinger reviews his options

The new proposed map is designed to yield 14 Democratic and three GOP members of Congress from Illinois and will likely face court challenges.

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Danville VA nursing home where 11 residents died didn’t follow COVID guidelines, report finds

‘I don’t want their condolences,’ daughter of vet who died says of VA officials’ response to an inspector general’s report on the outbreak. "‘I want my dad.’

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New COVID drugs could reduce virus’s ferocity; treatments aim to ease symptoms

Each drug fills a slightly different role, but together they could change the course of the illness, at least in the United States.

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Rahm Emanuel’s Senate confirmation hearing for U.S. Ambassador to Japan post to be held Wednesday

Emanuel’s hearing will be before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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FDA panel endorses lower-dose Moderna COVID shot for booster

Advisers to the agency voted unanimously to recommend a booster shot for seniors, adults with other health problems, jobs or living situations that put them at higher risk.

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Jan. 6 panel sets vote on contempt charges against Steve Bannon

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., said that the panel will vote Tuesday to recommend the charges. That would send the recommendation to the full House for a vote.

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First lady Jill Biden — ‘community college educator for forever’ — visits Chicago classroom to learn

On Day Two of her visit, Biden appeared with U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona for a charla at the Arturo Velasquez Institute. "I think our administration is trying to really wrap its arms around all Americans — all Americans," she said.

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Chicago’s post office delivery problems to take center stage in House hearing Friday

Members of the Illinois Congressional delegation for months have been pressuring the U.S. Postal Service – run by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy - for improvements.

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Where Supreme Court justices stand on abortion, in their own words, writings, votes

Their record on the hot-button issue might offer clues on how they’ll vote months from now when they decide whether to reverse decisions going back nearly 50 years.

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Social Security cost-of-living adjustment largest in decades as inflation jumps

The COLA, as it’s commonly called, amounts to $92 a month for the average retired worker, according to estimates released Wednesday by the Social Security Administration. That marks an abrupt break from a long lull in inflation that saw cost-of-living adjustments averaging just 1.65% a year over the past 10 years.

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First lady Jill Biden tours National Museum of Mexican Art in first visit to Chicago, views memorials to ‘everyday people’

The first lady’s two-day visit to Chicago was intended to feature some of her planned charlas — Spanish for conversations — a series of discussions and listening sessions she is conducting across the nation.

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Biden to meet Kenya president as war roils nearby Ethiopia

The Oval Office talks come just weeks after President Joe Biden signed an executive order threatening to levy sanctions against Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and other leaders involved in a conflict gripping the Tigray region if steps aren’t taken soon to wind down the 11-month-old war.

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New series of quarters will feature trailblazing American women

Five designs will be released each year from 2022 to 2025. The first batch will depict Maya Angelou, Sally Ride, Wilma Mankiller, Adelina ‘Nina’ Otero-Warren and Anna May Wong.

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Jill Biden to visit Chicago this week to mark Hispanic Heritage Month

Jill Biden will team up with U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, D-Ill., during her Tuesday and Wednesday visit.

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President Biden in Elk Grove Village boosts business vaccine requirements, takes poke at Fox News

In a suburban Chicago speech pushing businesses to mandate COVID vaccines or weekly tests, Biden said, in a stage whisper, "Fox News requires vaccinations for all employees. Give me a break. Fox News."

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Chicago Heights man admits making profanity-filled threat to Biden’s inauguration

In voicemails left for members of Congress, the feds say Louis Capriotti "often screamed while leaving the messages" and spoke of raising "motherf---ing hell."

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Pfizer asks FDA to approve COVID shots for kids 5 to 11 years old

If approved, kids in that age range could begin getting shots in weeks. One change: Pfizer says its research shows the younger kids should get just one-third of the dose now given to everyone else.

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Biden pushes to end ban on negotiating Medicare drug prices; Big Pharma pushes back

Undoing the ban is the linchpin of President Joe Biden’s healthcare agenda. It would mean lower costs, with savings put into things such as dental coverage for retirees.

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HUD secretary visits Chicago: ‘The lack of affordable housing in this country is a crisis’

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge also praised fixes underway at Concordia Place, a HUD-funded housing development on the Far South Side.

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Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight

Frances Haugen testified to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. She is accusing the company of being aware of apparent harm to some teens from Instagram and being dishonest in its public fight against hate and misinformation.

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Biden’s Chicago-area trip is back on; will be here Thursday to boost business COVID-19 vaccine mandate

This will be Biden’s second visit to the Chicago area as president. He boosted his "Build Back Better" agenda at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake on July 7.

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Ex-US Rep. Todd Akin, sunk by ‘legitimate rape’ remark, dies at 74

Akin had cancer for several years, his son Perry said in a statement. He died late Sunday at his home in Wildwood, a St. Louis suburb.

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HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge hits Chicago on Tuesday to promote President Biden housing agenda

Fudge will visit affordable housing apartments serving Chicago’s Black and Latino communities on the Far South Side and Pilsen.

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As Democratic infighting threatens Biden presidency, Sen. Dick Durbin said ‘concessions will be made’

Sen. Dick Durbin on CNN Sunday about Biden’s stalled domestic agenda: "Every vote counts when it comes to getting to this majority. And concessions will be made. And we’re certain of that."

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You pay more in property taxes because 27,288 Cook County homeowners pay nothing

As disabled vets, Sen. Tammy Duckworth and former Ald. James Balcer are among those with tax bills of $0. Income isn’t a factor in getting the tax break for disabled vets. In some states, it is.

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Reps. Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia and Jan Schakowsky among progressives blocking infrastructure bill for now

At issue for progressives is using the infrastructure bill as leverage to get a larger spending measure passed first in the U.S. Senate.

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Congress passes bill to avert partial government shutdown

The back-to-back votes by the Senate and then the House will help avert one crisis, but just delay another as the political parties dig in on a dispute over how to raise the government’s borrowing cap before the United States risks a potentially catastrophic default.

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High-paid informant led DEA to suburban fentanyl bust in nationwide narcotics sting

It’s part of an effort targeting Mexican cartels selling counterfeit OxyContin, Xanax and other drugs that actually contain the deadly synthetic opioid, which the DEA chief called a national emergency.

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Obamas break ground on presidential center, calling it way ‘to give back to Chicago and to the South Side’

The city’s first couple, who no longer live full time in the city, took a walk down memory lane, going over why they chose Jackson Park for the center. But the former president promised the center won’t just be "an exercise in nostalgia or looking backwards."

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Obama at Presidential Center ceremonial groundbreaking: ‘We can’t wait to see this place come to life’

Michelle Obama talked about her vision for the center at the groundbreaking — and how the city needs to even the score between the North and South Sides.

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Biden cancels Chicago trip: White House

President Joe Biden will remain at the White House on Wednesday to "continue working on advancing" two crucial pieces of legislation.