The Chicago Sun-Times and NBC News in Chicago report that former U.S. congressman Dan Rostenkowski of Illinois, died today at his home in Wisconsin at the age of 82.
The Democratic lawmaker, who served 18 terms in Congress, rose to the chairmanship of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
In 1996, Rostenkowski pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
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