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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS President Carter (right) chats with acting Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic (left) and Rep. Dan Rostenkowski at the White House on Feb. 7, 1977.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, Illinois Democrat, departs a federal courthouse in Washington on April 9, 1996, after pleading guilty to two counts of mail fraud. He was sternly told by a judge that he brought "a measure of disgrace" to Congress. Rostenkowski was immediately sentenced to 17 months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.

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Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois listens to his attorney talk to reporters outside the federal courthouse Tuesday, April 9, 1996 in Washington after pleading guilty on two counts of mail fraud. Rostenkowski was immediately sentenced to 17 months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. (AP Photo/Cameron Craig)

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Dan Rostenkowski was elected to his first term in Congress in 1958. A Democrat, he represents the 8th District on Chicago's Nortwest Side. (AP Photo)

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Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois, testified Aug. 19, 1968 before the Democratic Platform Committee during hearings in Washington. (AP Photo)

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Pres. Jimmy Carter, right, chats with acting Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic, left, and Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., at the White House, Monday, Feb. 7, 1977, Washington, D.C. News photographers were not permitted to photograph the meeting. (AP Photo/ White House)

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Lawmakers watch closely as Pres. Ronald Reagan signs into law a landmark tax overhaul on the White House South Lawn, Oct. 22, 1986, Washington, D.C. From left, are: Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole of Kansas, Rep. Raymond McGrath, R-N.Y.; Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, D-Ill., Rep. Frank Guerini, D-N.J.; Sen. Russell Long, D-La.; Rep. William Coyne, D-Pa., and Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, left, chats with former 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro during a campaign rally on Sunday, March 13, 1994 at Rostenkowski's campaign headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Ferraro said she volunteered to campaign for Rostenkowski. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)

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Former Rep. Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois departs the federal courthouse Tuesday, April 9, 1996 in Washington after pleading guilty on two counts of mail fraud. He was sternly told by a judge that he brought "a measure of disgrace" to Congress. Rostenkowski was immediately sentenced to 17 months in prison and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)

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House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski of Ill., shown during an appearance at the National Press Club Thursday, February 9, 1989, promised to oppose President Bush's proposal to reduce capital gains taxes. (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

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** FILE ** Rep. Dan Rostenkowski (right), then-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Robert Dole, then-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, chat outside a hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington in 1982. (AP Photo/John Duricka)