217 Today — Oct. 23, 2020

Friday, October 23, 2020 Today’s headlines:  A national political watcher is now rating Illinois’ 13th Congressional District as a toss-up. Dave Wasserman, U.S. House Editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says incumbent Republican Rodney Davis was slightly favored, but the unpopularity of President Donald Trump in the district is giving Democrat Betsy Londrigan an […]

217 Today — Oct. 16, 2020

Friday October 16, 2020 Today’s headlines:  The confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett wrapped up yesterday in the US Senate. We hear from an Illinois Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. A team at Washington University in St. Louis is testing whether lab-made antibodies could be used as a treatment for COVID-19. The C-U […]

Fact Check: 13th District Congressional Debate Between Rodney Davis And Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

URBANA – Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan debated for the first time this election cycle on Monday night in Champaign. The candidates spent much of the hour-long debate arguing about healthcare, and other issues, including political donations, the ComEd and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan scandal, the Paycheck Protection […]

Davis – Dirksen Londrigan Debate Covers Health Care, COVID-19, Police Reform, And More

CHAMPAIGN — Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, talked about healthcare, the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and a lot more, in a one-hour debate broadcast live Monday night at 7 p.m., on WILL Radio and TV, and WCIA’s X -49 channel. The debate can be viewed at illinois newsroom.org and […]

Healthcare Expected To Be A Big Issue At Davis/Dirksen Londrigan Debate

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londigan will be asked about issues ranging from the economy to police reform, when they meet Monday evening (October 5) in Champaign for a debate to be aired lived by Illinois Public Media and WCIX-TV (X-49). But the candidates may have the most to say […]

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis Cites Bipartisanship, Healthcare In Reelection Bid

US Rep. Rodney Davis

CHAMPAIGN – Republican Rodney Davis is running for a fifth term as the congressman from Illinois’ 13th District. In an interview with Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows, Davis says the top problem on the minds of voters in his district is the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear Rep. Davis’ interview via Zoom with Illinois Newsroom’s Jim Meadows here: […]

Dirksen Londrigan Keeps Focus On Health Care In 2nd Run For Congress

CHAMPAIGN – In the 2018 race for  U.S. Representative of Illinois’ 13th congressional district, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan narrowly lost to Republican incumbent Rodney Davis. Now, the Springfield Democrat is making another run for Davis’ seat, and once again making access to health care her main issue. Hear Dirksen Londrigan’s interview via Zoom with Illinois Newsroom’s […]

Congressional Races Set: Miller & Weaver in 15th, Londrigan & Davis In 13th

The next person to represent Illinois’ 15th Congressional District will be a woman from Coles County. Voters in Tuesday primary election selected Republican Mary Miller and Democrat Erika Weaver to run in November. With 95% of precincts reporting, Weaver received 16,777 votes, or 51.9% of the total. She received more than twice the votes of […]

News Around Illinois – March 18, 2020

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Currently, there are 160 individuals in 15 Illinois counties who have tested positive for COVID-19. Click here for a map of the affected counties and other resources from WILL’s Coronavirus Information Center. Chicago Woman In 60s Is State’s 1st COVID-19 Patient Death CHICAGO — Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the first death in Illinois of a […]

Londrigan Makes 2nd Try For Congress In 13th District

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan lost to U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis by 0.8% of the vote in the 2018 election. Now, the Springfield Democrat is making a second run in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District, starting with a bid for her party’s nomination.

News Around Illinois – February 11, 2020

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13th District Democratic Primary Candidates Discuss Issues At Forum CHAMPAIGN – Healthcare was a major issue for both Betsy Dirksen Londrigan and Stefanie Smith at a candidate’s forum in Champaign Monday evening. But the two Democrats competing to run against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in Illinois’ 13th District disagreed on what’s the best plan. Smith, […]