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The pol report. Chicago politics in review: Thursday

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Up today: Robin Kelly is to be sworn in to replace the disgraced Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress.
It will be the first time in nine months that residents of the 2nd congressional district will have representation in Washington. Read more

Slating today for Cook County committeemen to pick William Beavers replacement.
Despite his own troubles, Stanley Moore appears to be the front-runner to replace the recently convicted Cook County Commissioner William Beavers. Read more

This week:

Michelle Obama speaks out on gun control. She chokes up as she does it.
Read more.
Transcript here.
President Obama applauded Capitol Hill compromise on reform measures. Read more

The daughter of President Barack Obama's former pastor was indicted
on charges of money laundering and lying to federal investigators in an expanding 2009 state grant-fraud case.
Jeri L. Wright, daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, was accused of participating in a fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by former Country Club Hills Police Chief Regina Evans and her husband involving a $1.25 million state job-training grant geared toward minorities. Read more

Blago cases that just won't go away
One of the last loose ends in Operation Board Games -- the federal probe that led to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's incarceration -- was tied up Wednesday when crooked construction boss agreed to a final plea deal. Read more

City Council comes up with a new tax
Warning of a "chilling" impact on tourism, downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) on Tuesday broke with Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the mayor's plan to shift Chicago's parking tax from a sliding scale to a fixed percentage.
Budget Director Alex Holt has argued that the switch -- from a sliding scale that tops out at $5 for a parking tab of $12 or more to a flat tax of 20 percent on weekdays and 18 percent on weekends -- would be "revenue-neutral." Read more

Gun control: A majority of Illinois residents have a certain view on gun control. Read more

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