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President Donald Trump speaks at a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that President Donald Trump tried to seize control of the Russia probe and force Mueller’s removal to stop him from investigating potential obstruction of justice by the president.

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Attorney General William Barr speaks alongside Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, right, and Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan, rear left, about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller'’s report during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Ahead of the public release of the special counsel’s report, Attorney General William Barr on Thursday laid out what he said was the “bottom line:” No collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government hackers.

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Attorney General William Barr leaves his home in McLean, Virginia, on Wednesday morning, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo / Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

After nearly two years of waiting, America will get some answers straight from Robert Mueller — but not before President Donald Trump’s attorney general has his say.

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On Thursday, officials are due to certify the results of too-close-to-call runoff races in three Chicago wards. Will a longtime political dynasty lose its council clout? Our politics team digests the top stories of the week.

A WTTW News exclusive

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Amara Enyia appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 30, 2018.

Amara Enyia received big donations from some music superstars during her bid for mayor. But state election officials are now looking into exactly how that money is accounted for.

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Illinois’ long-term pension debt tops $130 billion. What Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to do – and what he won’t do – about that crushing burden.

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Conservation advocates worry that proposed legislation in Illinois could make it harder to protect vulnerable populations of monarch butterflies, which face a number of threats in the state. (Patrick Williams / Openlands)

A pair of bills would strip the state of its authority to regulate endangered species that are protected at the federal level but that might require further protections within Illinois.

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A pair of bills would increase funding for biomedical and scientific research at top U.S. agencies and “defend America’s place as a world leader in scientific progress,” U.S. Rep. Bill Foster said in a statement. 

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They’ll be faced with a lot of work when they reconvene from spring break. We discuss taxes, marijuana and meeting Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot with Illinois lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

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In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Ald. Ed Burke chairs a meeting of the City Council’s Finance Committee. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

Federal prosecutors allege a Chicago developer steered business to 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke in exchange for Burke’s help getting a City Hall permit.

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Legislation proposing the separation of Chicago from Illinois is intended to spark discussion about the overarching influence of the city in state politics, not actually lead to the creation of the 51st state, says GOP state Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer.

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The controversial Lincoln Yards project gets the OK from City Council as Mayor Rahm Emanuel bids farewell to the chamber. And Chicago’s inspector general releases a damming report on the police department’s so-called gang database.

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Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward, addresses Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the mayor’s final City Council meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets a warm send-off from his colleagues at his final City Council meeting. Our politics team tackles that and some of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering over Lincoln Yards.

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Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot speaks to the media in Springfield on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Chicago’s next mayor won’t be sworn in until May 20, but she’s hitting the ground running. On Wednesday, Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot left the city to meet with top political leaders in Springfield.

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The non-binding measure is being celebrated by environmental advocates, who note that Chicago is now the largest U.S. city to announce a timeline for obtaining all of its energy from renewable sources.

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A rendering of the Lincoln Yards development.

After months of debate, the controversial $1 billion public subsidy for Lincoln Yards is now law. City Council approved the measure hours after Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot softened her opposition to the project.