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Abner Mikva, a former congressman, Illinois legislator, federal appellate judge and presidential adviser, has died. He was 90. Brian Brady, the head of Mikva Challenge, a leadership organization Mikva founded, says Mikva died Monday in hospice care at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Brady says he learned of the death from Mikva's daughters. Mikva, a liberal voice and stalwart of Illinois' political landscape for decades, was most recently active in pushing for the U.S. Senate to...

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says it’s too early to say who could come away with the GOP nomination for President. The Democrat and Senate Minority Whip says with the Iowa Caucuses two weeks away, he believes even most Republicans couldn’t yet answer that question. Durbin says in his experience, voters need to wait until early March, after a few primaries and caucuses, to get a true sense of who’s leading. But the Senator admits surprise with Donald Trump’s high polling numbers. “He...

Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

It'll be 2016 before Illinois' top political leaders meet again, as a historic stalemate grinds on. If it wasn't obvious before that Illinois' political impasse wasn't going to end this year, it is now. "With the holidays now and, you know, kids on vacation, and travel, we may not be able to meet in the next two weeks," Gov. Bruce Rauner said Friday morning, after touring a Chicago high school. Rauner says he expects he and the legislative leaders will next meet in early January. No date is...

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Dennis Hastert's lawyer says the former U.S. House Speaker had a stroke during the first week of November. He has been hospitalized since then. Attorney Tom Green said in a statement that Hastert had a stroke, has been treated for sepsis, and had two back surgeries while in the hospital. Also, a letter sent to the presiding federal judge in the former U.S. House Speaker 's hush-money case briefly mentions a hospital stay in asking for leniency at sentencing. The letter, posted on the court...

Amanda Vinicky / Illinois Public Radio

Illinois lawmakers say “no” to Governor Rauner’s union opt-out plan. Well, Democrats said “no.” Republicans, except for one “no” vote, opted to vote “present.” Democrats in the Illinois House have voted down a plan similar to Governor Bruce Rauner's proposal to allow local governments to permit workers to opt out of unions. The entire Republican caucus -- with the exception of one member --- voted present because they said the vote was a “political sham.'' That's because Democrats pushed...

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