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Beaten 14th District candidate to contest result in Congress

Jan. 4, 2021 6:43 PM EST

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Defeated Republican congressional candidate Jim Oberweis announced Monday he has informed the U.S. House of Representatives he will contest the outcome of his race against Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood. In announcing his plans, Oberweis said during the discovery recount...

Group that backed recreational pot told to identify donors

Dec. 29, 2020 3:01 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A mysterious organization that spent $5 million in support of Montana's successful ballot measures to legalize recreational marijuana must identify its donors, the commissioner of political practices has ruled. Commissioner Jeff Mangan found Monday that the group North Fund violated...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 27, 2019 file photo, Paul Manafort arrives in court in New York. President Trump's former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest burst of clemency in his final weeks at the White House. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies

Dec. 24, 2020 4:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters. The actions, in Trump's waning time at the White...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 27, 2019 file photo, Paul Manafort arrives in court in New York. President Trump's former campaign manager is to be arraigned on state mortgage fraud charges. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest burst of clemency in his final weeks at the White House. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

New round of Trump clemency benefits Manafort, other allies

Dec. 24, 2020 1:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday pardoned more than two dozen people, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of his son-in-law, in the latest wave of clemency to benefit longtime associates and supporters. The actions, in Trump's final weeks at...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 24, 2020 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...

President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Trump is traveling to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A look at the 29 people Trump pardoned or gave commutations

Dec. 23, 2020 11:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second night in a row, President Donald Trump issued a round of pardons and commutations in the final weeks of his presidency, giving full pardons to his former campaign chairman, his son-in-law’s father and another of his allies convicted in special counsel Robert...

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, file photo, people wait in line on the first day of advance voting for Georgia's Senate runoff election at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Ga. A conservative activist whose organization is challenging the eligibility of thousands of Georgia voters ahead of high-profile U.S. Senate runoffs is claiming a loose alliance with the Georgia Republican Party in what she bills as a widespread election integrity program. (Michael Holahan/The Augusta Chronicle via AP, File)

GOP activist's voter challenges raise questions in Georgia

Dec. 22, 2020 12:18 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — When a conservative organization announced plans this month to launch an election integrity operation in Georgia, the group’s news release included a high-profile name: the chairman of the state’s Republican Party. Less than a week later, the same group announced plans to...

Trump campaign appeals another ballot case in Pennsylvania

Dec. 7, 2020 9:27 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign continues to press lawsuits over Pennsylvania's election, appealing another case it lost to the state Supreme Court, this time over fewer than 2,000 ballots in a suburban Philadelphia county. Meanwhile, nine state Republican lawmakers filed another...

FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2020, file photo, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro gestures while speaking to a reporter, at the White House in Washington. A federal watchdog agency on Dec. 7 reported that Navarro repeatedly violated the law during the presidential campaign season with his criticisms of now-President-elect Joe Biden. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Trump adviser broke law with Biden criticism, watchdog says

Dec. 7, 2020 6:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog agency on Monday reported that one of President Donald Trump’s economic advisers repeatedly violated the law during the campaign season with his criticisms of Joe Biden, now the president-elect. The Hatch Act prevents federal employees from engaging in political...

FILE - In this June 2, 2019 file photo Illinois State Sen. Martin Sandoval, D-Chicago, at the Illinois State Capitol, in Springfield, Ill.  Sandoval, who pleaded guilty in January to political corruption, has died from COVID-19 complications, his attorney said Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020. Sandoval, who was cooperating with federal authorities, was in the hospital before his death, said attorney Dylan Smith, who added that he spoke with the former lawmaker’s family. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

Former state Sen. Sandoval dies of COVID-19 complications

Dec. 5, 2020 3:29 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Former state Sen. Martin Sandoval, who was facing prison after pleading guilty to political corruption, has died from COVID-19 complications, his attorney said Saturday. Attorney Dylan Smith confirmed the death based on his conversations with Sandoval’s family. “I was proud to...