Biden is giving a prime-time speech on threats to democracy as midterm races heat up

President Biden is giving a rare prime-time speech on Thursday on what he calls the “battle for the soul of the nation” — including threats posed by a faction of the Republican party tied to former President Donald Trump. It’s a message that comes just two months ahead of the midterm congressional elections, where Democrats […]

13th district Republican candidate Regan Deering scores Illinois Farm Bureau endorsement

CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ 13th district congressional race is heating up as November approaches. The newly redrawn district stretches from the Champaign-Urbana area to the Metro East suburbs near St. Louis — including much of Decatur and Springfield. This week, the Illinois Farm Bureau’s political action committee endorsed 13th district Republican candidate Regan Deering. The news […]

Texas begins busing migrants to Chicago

SPRINGFIELD – At least 60 migrants arrived in Chicago Wednesday on buses from Texas as part of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s ongoing policy to send undocumented immigrants to so-called “sanctuary cities.” But Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, both Democrats, say the new arrivals are welcome in Illinois, and they are vowing […]

217 Today: New report from C-U Citizen Access highlights causes of local gun violence

Thursday, September 1, 2022 Today’s headlines: A group of Illinois lawmakers tasked with expanding abortion rights is hoping to pass legislation before the end of the year. Clinical trials show the antiviral Paxlovid can reduce the risk of COVID-related hospitalization and death by 89 percent, but a new report shows it’s being underutilized.  Illinois’ 13th […]