In this photo taken Oct. 29, 2013, former House Minority Leader Bob Michel speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
February 17, 2017

Former House Minority Leader Bob Michel Dies at 93

The longest-serving US House minority leader has died. Peoria native and former House Republican Leader Bob Michel died at an Arlington, Virginia Hospital of pneumonia Friday. He was 93. The Illinois lawmaker was first elected in 1956 and spent 38 years in Congress. His skill at seeking compromise with the Democrats was critical in helping Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush pursue their agendas during their presidential terms.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Nagato, western Japan, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.
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December 29, 2016

Obama Announces Sanctions Against Russia In Response To Cyberattacks

President Obama has imposed sanctions on Russian officials and intelligence services in retaliation for Russia's interference in the U.S. presidential election by hacking American political sites and email accounts. The State Department also has kicked out 35 Russian diplomats from its embassy in Washington and consulate in San Francisco, giving them and their families 72 hours to leave the U.S.

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Thousands gather outside Trump International Hotel & Tower for an anti-Donald Trump rally Nov. 9, 2016 in Chicago.
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November 10, 2016

U Of I, Chicago, Suburbs React To President-elect Donald Trump

Protests held around the US reacting to the election of Donald Trump as president included one on the University of Illinois’ main Urbana campus quad Wednesday afternoon. The Daily Illini reports over 100 students held anti-Trump signs - but also held each other’s hands, chanting ‘Keep Loving, Keep Fighting’. Meanwhile, thousands gathered in Chicago for a rally outside the Trump Hotel and Tower Wednesday night.

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth met with panel of Parkland College students on campus Thursday.
Jeff Bossert/Illinois Public Media
September 02, 2016

Durbin, Duckworth Address Higher Ed Costs At Parkland

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth say college students are graduating with an 'overwhelming' amount of debt. During a panel at Parkland College in Champaign Thursday, the two discussed efforts to refinance the debt, increase Pell Grants, and allow for two years' free community college.

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Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin participates in a political rally during Democrats Day at the Illinois State Fair Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman/Associated Press
August 19, 2016

Democrats Trumpet Trump at IL State Fair

Earlier this week, when Republicans rallied at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, it was as though they were on that classic game show "Password," where no one was allowed say the name of their party's presidential nominee. Thursday, however, Democrats took the opposite tack, saying the name again and again.

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