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Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign has filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee to regain access to the committee's voter file. The DNC blocked the campaign from the resource Friday after a Sanders staffer accessed data collected and organized by Hillary Clinton's campaign.

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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.

Lawmakers Suggest Bill To Recall Chicago Mayor

Dec 10, 2015

Two Chicago Democrats are proposing legislation that would allow city voters to recall their mayor.

Democratic Rep. La Shawn Ford filed legislation Wednesday outlining a lengthy process for a city special election. Ford tells Chicago's WBBM-TV that people have lost confidence in Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

State Representative Mary Flowers says the recall bill probably couldn’t apply to Emanuel, since it hasn’t been passed and he’s already elected.

Flowers represents the Gresham neighborhood on the city’s South Side, where she says Emanuel hasn’t brought enough jobs.

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The newest Illinois state legislator has been sworn in.

Sara Wojcicki-Jiminez is a Republican from Springfield. She was previously an aide to first lady Diana Rauner and a spokeswoman for the House Republican caucus.

"One of the things that I learned on staff is that I should definitely keep this brief,” she said. “So I am very humbled by the opportunity. I am honored. I look forward to working with everybody in our caucus, and for our friends across the aisle."

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is rebuffing a bid by the White House to assuage concerns over Syrian refugees.

Rauner is one of about 30 governors nationwide who said no to taking in people fleeing war-ravaged Syria. Rauner, a Republican, cited security concerns following the terror attacks in Paris.

"What matters is a coordinated, cooperative, highly communicative effort at a national scale to protect the people of America against terrorists," he said in November.

The deadline has passed for candidates to file petitions to run for state and federal offices in the March 15 Illinois primary election, and there will be comparatively little action in northern Illinois.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to meet with Syrian refugee families.

“These are poor people who are trying to escape ISIS,” Durbin said. “If the governor would just take a few moments, his idea about these refugees might change.” 

Rauner last week said the state should temporarily stop accepting refugees following the terrorist attacks in Paris. A spokesman for the governor says Rauner is frustrated over the federal government’s refusal to address specific security concerns and requests for information.

Bobby Rush Running For Re-Election

Nov 23, 2015
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Bobby Rush is running for re-election and says he won’t be resigning any time soon.

In his re-election announcement Friday, Rush made it biblical.

“Truly, I feel like Moses,” Rush said.

Rush says Pharoh’s army was chasing Moses. Rush says he’s being chased by people who want his Congressional seat.

And in front of Moses was the Red Sea, which Rush says is like the issues facing Chicago.

“The Red Sea of police brutality and murder,” Rush said. “The Red Sea of indifference of our issues. I intend to go forward into the Red Sea.”

Human rights groups in Illinois say they'll continue programs for Syrian refugees. That’s despite the governor's calls to suspend accepting them.

As of 2010, Illinois has welcomed about 170 Syrian refugees. That's according to Sam Tuttle, policy director for Heartland Alliance.

"We hope that the governor and his staff and the people of Illinois will learn more about the resettlement program and that we can all be welcoming refugees who have oftentimes witnessed some great horrors, so that they can start their lives again," Tuttle said.

This is a story about a meeting that was supposed to happen today, but didn't, for an arguably good reason:

House Speaker Michael Madigan needed to attend a funeral for his father-in-law, and the memorial service was out of state.

The meeting would've been the first between Madigan, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the other legislative leaders since the end of May. The group hasn't met since then to talk about the budget, or anything else really.

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