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  • Candidates look to make family legacies in Congress

    WASHINGTON When nine-term Democratic Rep. Lois Capps of California announced her retirement, all eyes turned to a potential successor: her daughter. A Democratic operative who has never run for office, Laura Burton Capps has long been seen as a...
  • A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes

    A D.C. cure: Take the hard votes
    “What day is it?” “It's today,” squeaked Piglet. “My favorite day,” said Pooh. As a proud member of the “don't just do something, sit there” school of politics, I don't fret much about partisanship and...
  • New congressional map knocks wealthy Burr Ridge Democrat out of running

    New congressional map knocks wealthy Burr Ridge Democrat out of running
    A wealthy Burr Ridge Democrat who’d been exploring a run for Congress today suspended that effort and is backing former U.S. Rep. Bill Foster’s bid to return to Washington. John Atkinson initially planned to challenge Democratic Southwest...
  • Former Rep. Lipinski gets name on federal building

    Former Republican U.S. House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and current Democratic Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan are among the political luminaries who will honor former Southwest Side Congressman William O. Lipinski on Wednesday. That’s the...
  • Governor signs congressional map drawn to help Democrats

    Governor signs congressional map drawn to help Democrats
    UPDATED with threat of lawsuit by GOP congressmen. Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law the state’s Democratic-drawn map of new Congressional boundaries, a plan designed to reverse Republican gains in last year’s election that is expected...
  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s perk costs taxpayers $1 million

    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s perk costs taxpayers $1 million
    Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has plowed through about $1 million in taxpayer dollars in the last two years for an office and staff in west suburban Yorkville, thanks to a little-known perk given to ex-speakers. Hastert, 68, a lobbyist and...
  • United scaling back loan bid

    United Airlines hopes to receive a conditional loan guarantee from the federal government this week that would be about $500 million less than the carrier has been seeking. The Air Transportation Stabilization Board rejected United's bid for a $1.6...
  • United making final-gasp bid for smaller loan guarantee

    United Airlines filed additional information Tuesday with the federal government in a last-ditch effort to win a loan guarantee that would help it out of bankruptcy. This time, the airline is seeking a smaller guarantee, about $500 million less than...