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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.

Some Democrats issued statements of strong support for the vice president as the new candidate and others stayed mum, for now — with just weeks to go before the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Chicago on Aug. 19.
The decision comes after escalating pressure from Biden’s Democratic allies to step aside following the June 27 debate, in which the 81-year-old president trailed off, often gave nonsensical answers and failed to call out Donald Trump’s many falsehoods.
She helped lead federal efforts to protect women from domestic violence and recognize Juneteenth as a national holiday. Her son Jason Lee is a top adviser to Mayor Brandon Johnson.
The North Chicago health manufacturing giant said the device, whose inventors included Dr. Mehmet Oz, the former TV host known as Dr. Oz, would spare people severely ill with a condition called mitral regurgitation and too frail for an operation from needing surgery. But it’s faced problems since it won FDA approval.
Donald Trump’s speech Thursday begs a comparison to the late radio show host’s famous 1978 “So God made a farmer” speech, which got new life in a 2013 Super Bowl ad.
Vance went heavy on mentions of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Ohio — and his humble Appalachian roots as documented in ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ — on the third night of the Republican National Convention.
The Illinois Republican had a lot going on at the convention because he wears a lot of hats. He’s a vice chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee — a House GOP political organization — and a member of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee and the Intelligence Committee.
President experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ and is taking Paxlovid, White House says.
When Trump delivers his acceptance address Thursday night, it will become clear whether the failed assassination attempt in any way changed him.
Meanwhile, a company owned by Donald Trump is now selling $299 sneakers showing an image of his bloodied face as he pumps his fist in the air, as he did after surviving an assassination attempt in Pennsylvania.
Former President Trump wasn’t going to repeat his Mike Pence mistake. He needed someone he could count on to follow orders.
Corey Comperatore, 50, died protecting his wife and daughter in an attack on Donald Trump on Saturday in Butler, Pennsylvania. President Biden and first lady Jill Biden offered their ‘deepest condolences’ to the family and prayers for the families of the wounded.
Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was shot to death when a gunman tried to assassinate President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami in 1933. Roosevelt was unhurt.
What we know so far about the suspected shooter, 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. The attack could alter the tenor and security posture at the Republican National Convention, which will begin Monday in Milwaukee.
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., said there would be hearings to determine what happened.
Addressing the nation about two hours after the shooting, Biden said he was relieved that Trump is reportedly “doing well.” “We cannot allow this to be happening,” Biden said. He pledged to update the public later Saturday.
“I think the hate for Trump is out of hand. It’s out of control. We have to settle down,” Illinois GOP National Committeeman Richard Porter said. Former President Barack Obama urged a pivot away from polarization.
“Although we don’t yet know exactly what happened, we should all be relieved that former President Trump wasn’t seriously hurt, and use this moment to recommit ourselves to civility and respect in our politics,” said former President Barack Obama.
The convention will mark a coming-out party for Kathy Salvi, who faces the challenge of rebuilding a party incrementally decimated by failed statewide campaigns, division within its ranks — and Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s vast fortune bolstering Democratic supermajorities.
“We have some very good potential candidates out there that ... would excite, not only the Democratic Party, but independents who make the difference in these elections,” the former U.S. Commerce secretary said.