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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 7:52 PM
By Phil Rogers

Ex-Congressman Scolds Media After Controversial African Trip

Espionage, sex, malaria, torture, slander and corruption. Former congressman Mel Reynolds covered them all during a session with reporters Wednesday morning in a downtown Chicago hotel. Read »

Monday, Feb 24, 2014 at 10:08 AM
By Associated Press

Ex-U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds Deported From Zimbabwe

Lawyers for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds say he was deported to the U.S. after a paying a fine for violating Zimbabwe's immigration laws. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:29 AM
By Gillian Gotora, The Associated Press

Ex-Rep. Reynolds Ordered Deported from Zimbabwe

Ex-Rep. Reynolds Ordered Deported from Zimbabwe

A Zimbabwean magistrate on Friday dismissed charges against former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds of possessing pornography, and he was ordered to pay a fine or face jail time after pleading guilty to charges of... Read »

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 at 2:45 AM
By BJ Lutz

Ex-Congressman Reynolds Arrested in Zimbabwe

The Illinois Democrat served in the U.S. House from 1993 to 1995 but resigned after he was convicted of having sexual relations with an underage campaign worker. Read »

Thursday, Nov 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Reynolds Wants Votes, But Didn't Vote This Year

Mel Reynolds wants voters in the 2nd Congressional District to cast their ballots for him in the special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 9:04 PM
By Mary Ann Ahern

Convicted Former Rep. Reynolds Will Run

Disgraced former Congressman seeks to regain old seat. Read »

Monday, Jul 12, 2010 at 3:30 PM
By Edward McClelland

Why Illinois Governors Get In Trouble Over Money, Not Sex

While disgraced governors in other states are visiting hookers and mistresses, Illinois governors only lust after money. Read »

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