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For elected officials in Illinois, attending Donald Trump's inauguration Friday is a political event. And their presence or absence is a political statement.

Several congressmen who represent parts of Chicago are skipping the Inauguration, but their reasons vary.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez gave a whole list of reasons in a speech on the House floor for boycotting -- from Trump’s comments on sexually assaulting women to blaming the outcome of a court case on the Mexican heritage of a federal judge.

President Barack Obama is leaving office without granting early prison release to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

Obama released a list of his final acts of clemency Thursday and the list didn't include Blagojevich, who is in the fourth year of a 14-year prison term after being convicted of trying to sell Obama's Illinois seat in the U.S. Senate when Obama became president.

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A Rockford anesthesiologist has been elected to a one-year term as chairman of the University of Illinois system's Board of Trustees.

Dr. Timothy Koritz of Roscoe was chosen for the position Thursday at a trustees meeting in Chicago. He's been on the board since 2009. He works at Rockford Memorial Hospital and is a former professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford.

He graduated with a bachelor's degree from the Urbana-Champaign campus.

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Part of a potential compromise at the statehouse would make Illinois the first state with a tax on sugary drinks, like soda.

It’s among new legislation that’s meant to end the budget stalemate and bring in more tax dollars.

Just a few cities in the U.S., and Cook County have such a tax on the books. In past debates, opponents said a soda tax means a nanny state where the government tells people what’s bad for them.

Four Chicago police officers who were at the scene of the 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald have been suspended for failing to ensure the dashboard cameras in their squad cars were operating properly.

Chicago's Office of Inspector General recommended the firing of 11 police officers in connection with the shooting. And it proposed suspensions for four officers at the scene.

The Chicago Tribune reports a police spokesman confirmed Superintendent Eddie Johnson has handed down one-week suspensions to the four officers.

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