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Bush spokesman Jim McGrath said Saturday that Mr. Bush continued to improve and that he and his family thanked everyone for their prayers and good wishes.

Mr. Bush was hospitalized Nov. 23 and moved to the intensive-care unit Dec. 23 after developing a fever. 

ILLINOIS

Trotter cites legal troubles in ending U.S. House run

CHICAGO — An Illinois state lawmaker who was a front-runner to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says he’s ending his candidacy because he doesn’t want felony gun charges he faces to detract from the district’s important issues.

Donne Trotter was arrested Dec. 5 when security screeners at O’Hare International Airport found an unloaded .25-caliber Beretta handgun in his bag.

He told officers he has the gun for a job he works with a security firm and forgot it was in his bag before he went to the airport.

Mr. Trotter announced Saturday he will not seek the 2nd Congressional District seat, explaining that solving the area’s economic and other problems was too important to allow his legal “situation to detract from what needs to be front and center.”

From wire dispatches and staff reports