Illinois' redistricting plan is poised to turn half a dozen Republican seats Democratic and could help Democrats retake the House in 2012.
Michelle Obama: A portrait of a first lady who's transforming the job, shopping at Petco herself, and reaching out to Washington DC's black community.
The Illinois Legislature has passed a bill to dramatically expand gambling in the state in a bid to help close a $15 billion budget deficit. But the bill still needs a wary governor's signature.
Last summer, when a jury convicted Blagojevich on one count and deadlocked on all the rest, he didn't testify. This time defense lawyers apparently are betting on his personal charm.
Oprah Winfrey, Maria Shriver, Tom Hanks, Beyonce, and Michael Jordan were part of a star-studded cast at the Tuesday taping of two of the last Oprah Winfrey shows in Chicago's United Center.
Rahm Emanuel is sworn into office as Mayor of Chicago. His city's most pressing crisis: a half-billion dollar budget deficit.
The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.
He takes over a city that will test his legendary toughness and may become a laboratory for addressing the problems that plague urban areas in hard times.
Rahm Emanuel takes the oath of office of Mayor of Chicago from Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County during inaugural ceremonies Monday, May 16, in Chicago. Watching are from left, daughter Ilana, wife Amy Rule, daughter Leah and son Zacharia.
US Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates speaks with village elders in the village of Tabin in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on March 8.