1951 - Born on the 4th of August.
1971 - He enrolled at Augustina Collage in Rock Island, United States.
1974 - He graduated in Augustina Collage, Rock Island, United States.
1978 - He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University in Georgetown, United States.
1982 - He ran for and won the Democratic nomination for 17th District of Illinois, United States.
1983 - He became a Democratic member of the United States House of Representative.
1994 - He only won by nine points over an unknown Republican in the election.
1995 - He battled Parkinson's Disease.
1996 - He defeated the television anchor Mark Baker by only five percentage points, in a Senatorial election.
2002 - He was re-elected as a member of United States House of Representatives.
2005 - His campaign committee agreed to pay $185,000 to settle an investigation by the Federal
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