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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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New proposed Illinois Hispanic district is far from majority Hispanic

State Democrats drafting the new congressional map are poised to sacrifice either Marie Newman or Sean Casten, both Democrats, to make room for another Hispanic district.

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It’s increasingly clear we need to get to the bottom of who organized the Jan. 6 insurrection

A Rolling Stone story reinforces what looked clear from the start: The insurrection was likely orchestrated with high-level help

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State Police won’t refer Christopher Vaughn case to FBI; clemency bid on hold

A Will County jury took less than an hour in September 2012 to find Vaughn guilty of the murders of his wife and three children, but he’s now the subject of a high-profile exoneration effort.

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Older people increasingly targeted by romance scams amid COVID pandemic, FTC says

Over the past 3 years, people have reported losing more money on romance scams than any other fraud reported to the agency. The median loss for those 70-plus: $9,475.

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New Illinois Hispanic District proposed in revised congressional remap: In surprise, Newman, Casten thrown together

Now that it’s been publicly proposed, it will be politically difficult to impossible to drop a second Hispanic congressional district for Illinois.

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Whether Medicare dental care should be based on income subject of hot debate in Congress

As Democrats try to design a dental benefit for the program, one idea being considered calls for limiting it based on income. But that’s drawing a lot of opposition.

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Rahm Emanuel grilled on Laquan McDonald murder by only one senator at confirmation hearing

Emanuel said at his Japan ambassador confirmation hearing that while he was Chicago mayor, when it came to police and the Black community, "I clearly missed the level of distrust and skepticism that existed, and that’s on me."

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The Illinois congressional remap: Inside story on internal Democratic wrangling

Meanwhile, Republicans Chris Christie and Mike Pompeo blasted the draft Democratic Illinois congressional map designed to elect 14 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

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On eve of Rahm Emanuel Senate confirmation hearing, Jen Psaki pressed about Laquan McDonald shooting

Emanuel heads into his Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to be the next U.S. ambassador to Japan with no senators opposing his nomination.

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Goodbye Chicago, hello Tokyo!

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee meets Wednesday to ponder Rahm Emanuel’s nomination as ambassador. Will he get the chance to work his charm in Japan?

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Officials bemoan city’s mail service, but the problem, like rot, starts at the top

The only way to improve the postal service is to first get rid of U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy

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Trump files lawsuit to block release of Jan. 6 documents

In a federal lawsuit, Donald Trump said the committee request was "almost limitless in scope," and sought records with no reasonable connection to that day.

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In Illinois, new reports reveal Trump Republicans’ fundraising strength

On the Democratic side, Rep. Danny Davis fundraising slows to a trickle; Rep. Lauren Underwood stockpiles millions; and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi’s $10 million war chest.

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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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FDA spells out lower sodium guidelines for food industry

A majority of the sodium in U.S. diets comes from packaged or restaurant foods — not the salt added to meals at home — making it hard for people to make changes on their own.

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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.