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Journalist Steve Neal, Feb. 18

Steve Neal, a political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and previously a Chicago Tribune political writer, is dead at 54. Neal was found dead in his Hinsdale, Ill., home on Wednesday, Feb. 18, after a carbon monoxide alarm went off and summoned police. A cause of death was not immediately determined, but foul play is not suspected, police said. An autopsy was ordered. Photo courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times