Former central Illinois congressman Tim Johnson dies

URBANA – Former Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson has died. Johnson’s former chief of staff, Mark Shelden, reported his death on his Facebook page on Tuesday morning. An obituary published on Sunday May 15 in the News-Gazette and at the Renner-Wikoff funeral home website says the 75-year-old Johnson died Monday night at Carle Foundation Hospital in […]

Senate approves bill to make daylight saving time permanent

WASHINGTON — The Senate has unanimously approved a measure that would make daylight saving time permanent next year. The bipartisan bill approved Tuesday would ensure Americans would no longer have to change their clocks twice a year. But the bill still needs to pass the House and win the signature of President Joe Biden to […]

Senate passes anti-lynching bill and sends federal hate-crimes legislation to Biden

WASHINGTON — The Senate unanimously passed a bill on Monday that criminalizes lynching and make it punishable by up to 30 years in prison. It sailed through the House of Representatives last month, and President Biden is expected to sign it. While it eased through both chambers of Congress this time with virtually no opposition, […]

Longtime US Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois won’t seek 16th term

CHICAGO — Longtime U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois won’t seek reelection after 15 terms in office. The 75-year-old Chicago Democrat known for anti-violence and racial equity advocacy said in a prepared video announcement obtained Monday by The Associated Press that he’d remain in the public eye through church work. Rush confirmed his plans to […]

The House has passed the $1 trillion infrastructure plan, sending it to Biden’s desk

WASHINGTON — After months of tense negotiations, the House of Representatives has passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, 228-206, fulfilling a major priority for President Biden’s domestic agenda and cementing a political victory for Democrats. The measure includes significant investments in roads, bridges, railways and broadband internet. It passed late Friday night largely along […]

House Passes Bill Bolstering Landmark Voting Law

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have passed legislation that would strengthen a landmark civil rights-era voting law weakened by the Supreme Court over the past decade. It’s a step party leaders are touting as progress in their quest to turn back voting restrictions advanced in Republican-led states. But the bill passed Tuesday on a 219-212 vote […]

House Passes $3.5T Biden Blueprint After Deal With Moderates

WASHINGTON — House Democratic leaders have compromised with moderates and muscled President Joe Biden’s multitrillion-dollar budget blueprint over a key hurdle. Biden praised Tuesday’s 220-to-212 vote as a step toward “truly investing in the American people.” A band of moderate lawmakers had been threatening to withhold their support for the $3.5 trillion plan. They were […]

WATCH LIVE: Officers Give Harrowing Testimony Of Defending The Capitol On Jan. 6

Updated July 27, 2021 at 12:08 PM CST The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding its first meeting Tuesday. Four police officers are giving testimony about the physical and verbal assaults they faced responding the the riot that day. The four officers — Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell […]

Illinois Congressional Delegation Sticks To Party Lines On Impeachment Vote

House Democrats in large part supported two impeachment articles against President Donald Trump, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois was one of three lawmakers who missed the historic House votes  The Republican from the 15th congressional district is not seeking reelection and was on a long-planned […]