Biden says omicron variant is cause for concern but not panic

President Biden said Monday that while travel restrictions imposed on travelers from several southern African nations would slow the entry of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, “it cannot prevent it.” “Sooner or later, we’re going to see cases,” he said in an address to the American people. Biden added: “This variant is a cause […]

Gasoline prices are surging. Can Biden actually do something about it?

WASHINGTON — You probably don’t need a news report to tell you that gasoline prices have been surging. Prices are at a seven-year high, up more than a dollar from a year ago. Rising energy costs, including gasoline as well as natural gas and coal, are a major driver of high inflation. That’s putting pressure […]

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 […]

Biden, a convert to vaccine mandates, champions compliance

ELK GROVE VILLAGE — President Joe Biden is championing COVID-19 vaccination requirements and is determined that the roughly 67 million unvaccinated American adults must get the shot even as he acknowledges that mandates weren’t his “first instinct.” He had ruled out such mandates before taking office in January, but they’re now a tactic he feels […]

Last Troops Exit Afghanistan, Ending America’s Longest War

WASHINGTON  — The United States has completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, ending America’s longest war and closing a sad two-decade chapter in military history. It’s likely to be remembered for colossal failures, unfulfilled promises, and a frantic final exit that cost the lives of 13 service members, some barely older than the war. The last […]

Biden Pays Respects To US Troops Killed In Afghanistan

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. — At a military base in Delaware, President Joe Biden stood witness with grieving families under a gray sky as, one by one, the remains of 13 U.S. troops killed in the Kabul suicide bombing were removed from a military aircraft that brought them home. The only sounds that could […]

US Airstrike Targets Islamic State Member In Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — The United States military struck back at the Islamic State on Saturday, bombing an IS member in Afghanistan less than 48 hours after a devastating suicide bombing claimed by the group killed as many as 169 Afghans and 13 American service members at the Kabul airport. U.S. Central Command said the U.S. conducted […]

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 […]

UPDATED: Taliban Sweep Into Afghan Capital After Government Collapses

Updated August 15 at 7:00 p.m. This is a fluid situation. We’ll update with Associated Press updates as they become available. The Latest developments on Afghanistan, where a Taliban blitz has taken large swaths of territory just weeks before the final pullout of American and NATO troops: WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and other top […]

CDC Issues New Eviction Ban For Most Of US Through Oct. 3

WASHINGTON — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a new moratorium on evictions that would last until October 3. The Biden administration is trying to quell intensifying criticism that it was allowing vulnerable renters to lose their homes during a pandemic. The new moratorium could help keep millions in their homes as […]

EXPLAINER: How Illinois Hopes To Avoid Summer Eviction Surge

CHICAGO — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their […]

Biden: What’s Good For Families Can Also Be Good For Economy

CRYSTAL LAKE — President Joe Biden says that what’s good for families is also good for the economy. The president spoke at a community college in the Chicago suburbs to bolster support for both his bipartisan infrastructure deal and a broader package that he expects will be passed with only Democratic votes. At McHenry County […]

VIDEO: What You Need To Know About Biden’s Meeting With Putin

GENEVA, Switzerland — President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet Wednesday in Geneva. Here’s what you need to know: Putin arrived first, with Biden’s motorcade pulling in to the villa where they are meeting a few minutes later. The closed-door meeting is expected to last four to five hours. Putin will give his own […]

Study Shows Working Mothers Hard Hit By Pandemic-Related Child Care Burdens

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SPRINGFIELD – New research shows pandemic-related child care burdens have magnified economic inequalities for women in the workforce in Illinois. That research was included in The Child Care Crisis in Illinois: A Survey of Working Mothers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, conducted by the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign […]