Rush University Medical Center

Abner Mikva, ex-congressman, judge from Illinois, dies at 90

Abner Mikva, a liberal stalwart from Illinois who served in all three branches of the federal government, mentored a young Barack Obama and famously learned firsthand the brazen nature of Chicago's political machine, has died.

The 90-year-old died of bladder cancer Monday at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Steven Cohen, who is married to Mikva's oldest of three daughters, told The Associated Press.

Mikva worked his way up from a welfare-recipient family to the Illinois House, U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Court of Appeals' bench and later the White House as an adviser to President Bill Clinton. But his story about his initial attempt to get involved in...

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