Durbin: Relief Bill Doesn’t Contain Funding To Local Governments

SPRINGFIELD – The U.S. Congress reached an agreement on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief package that extends unemployment benefits, provides stimulus checks to Americans within a certain income bracket and funding to small businesses, but it fell short of providing direct funding to state and local governments. The relief package approved by both chambers of […]

IL Congress Members Join Effort To Overturn Presidential Results

UPDATED Dec. 11, 6:14 p.m. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has rejected a lawsuit backed by President Donald Trump to overturn Joe Biden’s election victory, ending a desperate attempt to get legal issues rejected by state and federal judges before the nation’s highest court. Trump had called the lawsuit filed by Texas against Georgia, Michigan, […]

Joe Biden Elected President Of The United States

WASHINGTON  — Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States. Biden vanquished his Republican foe after a campaign as bitter and divisive as Trump’s own presidential term. Victories in “blue wall” northern industrial states propelled Biden to the White House, where he’ll confront America’s deep health, […]

President Trump And First Lady Test Positive For COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus, he said Friday. The positive test comes a month until the election and after the president has spent the year largely downplaying the threat of the virus. Trump’s positive test comes just hours after the White House announced that […]

Trump Picks Conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden. Republican senators are […]

Illinois Senators React To Trump Supreme Court Nominee

CHAMPAIGN – Both US Senators from Illinois expressed concerns about President Donald J. Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the US Supreme Court. The move on Saturday caps a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation. He also hopes it will provide boost his reelection effort as he […]

WATCH LIVE: 2020 Republican National Convention Day 4

Follow live updates and analysis of Day 4 of the Republican National Convention. Coverage of the Republican speakers beginning at 8 p.m. CST. They will include President Donald Trump, businesswoman Ivanka Trump, an adviser to and daughter of the president, and Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York City and one of the president’s lawyers. […]

Ray LaHood Confirms Endorsement Of Biden

PEORIA – Former Peoria Republican congressman Ray LaHood confirmed Monday he is endorsing Democratic nominee Joe Biden in November’s presidential election. LaHood served as U.S. secretary of transportation during President Barack Obama’s first term and worked closely with then-Vice President Biden. “We became friends,” LaHood said Monday. “I admire his leadership. I admire his years […]

Trump Deploys Federal Agents To Chicago Under ‘Law-And-Order’ Push

WASHINGTON  — President Donald Trump says he will send federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle. Using alarmist language, Trump on Wednesday painted Democrat-led cities as out of control, even though criminal justice experts say the increase in violence in some cities […]

Chicago Violence Sparks War of Words Between Trump, Mayor

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CHICAGO — Chicago’s mayor is strongly rejecting any suggestion to dispatch federal troops to the city and President Donald Trump is all but promising to do just that. The war of words between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Trump come after another bloody weekend that left dozens injured by gunfire and 12 killed as well as […]

Pritzker Responds To Minnesota Protests; Says Trump Is A Racist

CHICAGO – During his daily COVID-19 briefing, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker responded to protests in Minnesota over the killing of a black man by a white police officer.  Pritzker also reiterated his belief that President Donald Trump is a racist. Pritzker expressed condolences to all African-Americans and in particular to the family of George Floyd. […]

Trump Signs Order To Beef Up Meat Production After Coronavirus Hits Plants

WASHINGTON – President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday aimed at addressing concerns about meat shortages. The order invokes the Defense Production Act to ensure beef, pork, poultry and egg plants keep running. “It is important that processors of beef, pork, and poultry (“meat and poultry”) in the food supply chain continue operating and […]