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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan says he's taking steps to end harassment or abuse at the statehouse and in his political operation, after a former staff member said party officials were too slow to act. In a letter to Democratic caucus members Friday, Madigan says "We haven't done enough." He says "I take responsibility for that."

LA GRANGE, Ill. (AP) - A Lipinski has represented what's now Illinois' 3rd congressional district since U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski's father was first elected more than three decades ago. Now the younger Lipinski, known as one of Congress' most conservative Democrats, is facing a tougher-than-usual primary challenge from the left flank of his party. Marie Newman says Lipinski no longer reflects the Chicago-area district. He says the "tea party of the left" could hurt Democrats' chances of regaining control of the House.

CHICAGO (AP) - Several U.S. House races are expected to be competitive in the Illinois primary, including a serious primary challenge against Democratic U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski and a crowded Republican field in a swing district outside Chicago. There's also a three-way Democratic primary to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez and seven Democrats running for a chance to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam.

CHICAGO (AP) - Scores of police officers and other mourners will attend the funeral of a Chicago Police commander who was fatally shot by a suspect this week. Representatives of police agencies from around the U.S. are also expected to attend services for Commander Paul Bauer on Saturday morning at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Chicago. Bauer died Tuesday when he was shot six times while pursuing a suspect he was attempting to detain downtown Chicago.

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