Lloyd Austin Confirmed As Defense Secretary, Becomes 1st Black Pentagon Chief

Updated 2:45 p.m. ET Lloyd Austin, a retired four-star Army general, has been confirmed by the Senate, making him the first Black defense secretary in U.S. history. The Senate approved President Biden’s nomination for Pentagon chief in a near-unanimous 93-2 vote Friday. “It’s an honor and a privilege to serve as our country’s 28th Secretary […]

Biden Focuses On COVID-19 Strategy With 10 Executive Actions

Updated at Thursday 3:36 p.m. ET WASHINGTON – President Biden signed a series of orders and directives on his second day in office to take charge of stopping the spread of the coronavirus — steps that he and his advisers say will start to boost testing, vaccinations, supplies and treatments. Accelerating the sluggish federal response to COVID-19 is Biden’s top […]

From The 21st: Illinoisans’ Hopes for the Biden Administration

WASHINGTON – Presidential inaugurations are by definition historic events. Joe Biden officially become the 46th president of the United States on January 20, 2021 just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The inauguration came two weeks after a violent mob of white nationalists brawled with police and smashed their way into the Capitol building, […]

Senate Confirms Avril Haines As Director Of National Intelligence

WASHINGTON – The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines to be Director of National Intelligence, making her President Biden’s first Cabinet-level official to receive Senate confirmation. The vote was 84-10. Her confirmation comes after Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., briefly held up the process, asking for a written response from her about a question during her […]

Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord

WASHINGTON – In one of his first acts in the Oval Office, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to have the United States rejoin the Paris climate agreement, the largest international effort to curb global warming. The U.S. officially withdrew from the accord to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions late last year, after President Donald […]

Joe Biden Sworn In As Nation’s 46th President

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden has officially become the 46th president of the United States. Biden took the oath of office just before noon Wednesday during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. The presidential oath was administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. Biden was sworn in using a Bible that has been in his […]

Minute By Minute Updates: America’s Change Of Power

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest details on Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration from the Associated Press (all times local): 7:15 p.m. White House press secretary Jen Psaki is delivering the first news briefing of Joe Biden’s presidency, a once standard part of past administrations that was largely sidelined during the Trump era. Psaki said Wednesday […]

Sen. Tammy Duckworth Asks Biden Administration To ‘Restore’ Renewable Fuel Standard

US Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

A group of senators is pushing the incoming Biden-Harris administration to “restore” the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) — a program aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by requiring oil refineries to blend in a minimum volume of biofuels. Under the Trump administration, oil refineries were granted numerous waivers for meeting that requirement. Critics argue the […]

Photo Gallery: Biden Inauguration’s Field of Flags

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Capitol building is prepared for the inauguration ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden as the “Field of Flags” are illuminated on the ground on the National Mall on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. in Washington, DC. Approximately 191,500 flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who […]

Biden To Propose 8-Year Citizenship Path For Immigrants

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration. It would provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, according to a person granted anonymity to discuss the legislation. It’s a massive reversal from the […]

Biden Administration Takes Shape

Editor’s Note: This is an updated post on President-elect Joe Biden building his administration. Biden will be sworn in as the nation’s 46th president in January 2021. Biden Picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh As Labor Secretary Jan. 7, 2:09 p.m. — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, choosing […]

Illinois Electors Cast Votes For Biden, Harris

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois’ presidential electors officially cast their 20 ballots Monday for the Democratic ticket of Joseph R. Biden and Kamala Harris, marking the all-but-final step in a bitterly contested presidential election that incumbent President Donald Trump has refused to concede. “Today, all over the country, electors just like us are fulfilling a constitutional duty […]

Sen. Durbin Poised For Key Biden Role On Judges, Immigration

WASHINGTON — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin is poised to become the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and that would make him a key ally of President-elect Joe Biden. It’ll be up to Durbin to help Biden achieve his goals on judicial nominees and immigration. Durbin says in an Associated Press interview that the […]