4 hrs ago
CAGW Names Mary Landrieu Porker of the Month
The United States sugar program, a misguided relic of the 1930s that CAGW has opposed for many years, arbitrarily protects a select few large and prosperous sugar producers at the expense of U.S. consumers and manufacturers of sugar-containing products and their workers.
8 hrs ago
Zachary Fardon nominated for US Attorney of Northern District IL
He was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the U.S. Attorney of Northern District of Illinois on Thursday.
12 hrs ago
Sen. Kirk to Support Pritzker: She Will 'Take on Special Interests'
Senator Mark Kirk was "uncertain" about supporting Hyatt Hotel heiress and Obama campaign bundler Penny Pritzker for Commerce Secretary until a few days ago.
16 hrs ago
Amid scrutiny of commerce pick, White House confident about her fate
Penny Pritzker, heiress to the Hyatt hotel fortune and one of Forbes' top 300 U.S. billionaires , is not without her critics.
20 hrs ago
Cornyn, Kirk Move to Ban All Iranian Government Exports
As the Government of Iran continues to defy United Nations Security Council orders to halt its nuclear enrichment activities, sponsor terrorism, disregard human rights by targeting Iranian dissidents worldwide and partner with North Korea on missile and nuclear technology, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Kirk introduced today the Iran Export ... (more)
Wed May 22, 2013
Gay rights groups bristle at being excluded from immigration bill
Some Illinois gay rights advocates say they feel betrayed by their Democratic allies because same-sex couples aren't legally recognized in an immigration overhaul bill that's headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate next month.
Your News Now
"Campus Carry" bill shot down in Senate
The so-called campus carry bill is among legislation nearing expiration at the State Capitol and the bill is as good as dead, according to Democratic lawmakers.
The Baltimore Sun
Lawmakers press Pentagon, VA to cooperate on claims backlog
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pressed the Obama administration Wednesday to reduce the backlog of disability claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs by improving cooperation between the several agencies that have a role in the process.
Tri-county area approved for federal disaster aid
Gov. Pat Quinn announced today 14 more counties were approved for federal disaster aid to help people and businesses recover from historic flooding in mid-April. Counties approved today include Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Bureau, Crawford, Henderson, Knox, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, Rock Island, Schuyler and Stark.
Iran legislation moves through US Congress
A number of bills targeting Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program advanced in the US Congress.
Tue May 21, 2013
Bill Clinton Urges Illinois House To Approve Gay Marriage
Former President Bill Clinton on Tuesday released a statement in favor of marriage equality in Illinois, urging the House to approve the stalled bill.
Sen. Kirk To Support Pritzker Confirmation
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk was non-committal when asked whether he would support Penny Pritzker's bid for Commerce Secretary.
Mon May 20, 2013
US News & World Report
Sugar, Monsanto and Tobacco All in Crosshairs on Senate Farm Bill
Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., will introduce an amendment that would repeal the Farmer Assurance Provision,which allows farmers who use biotech seeds to keep planting them even as courts reassess whether the USDA followed protocol when it approved the use of the seeds.
The Washington Post
Iran policy: End of the road?
Then there is the congressional piece of the puzzle. This week the House will take up legislation by Reps.
Sat May 18, 2013
The Southtown Star
Kadner: No chairs for chatty old veterans
As 79-year-old Gerald Lee slumped to the floor, he wondered why there were no chairs for patients at the registration desks in the Edward Hines Veterans Affairs clinic in Oak Lawn.
Belleville News Democrat
Guest view: It's time to fix our locks and levees
In its 2013 Infrastructure Report Card, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave America's infrastructure a near-failing grade: "D-plus." Worse, our inland waterways, levees and ports were given a "D-minus" with an estimated $3.6 trillion needed to turn that around.
Thu May 16, 2013
US Seeking Total Ban on Iran's Oil
After failing to halt Iran's peaceful nuclear program with harsh economic sanctions, a group of U.S. lawmakers are proposing a measure to cut off Iran entirely from world oil markets.
Wed May 15, 2013
Collected Department Releases: Remarks at INL Partner Appreciation Ceremony
Commissioners, superintendents, chiefs, directors, deputy assistant attorneys general, attorney general, ladies and gentlemen, may I start by recognizing two particularly important representatives with us here this morning both here to show their support to local law enforcement in the state or district that they represent.
Congress should close spectator loophole in animal-fighting laws
Despite reforms to tighten prohibitions against animal fighting, a glaring federal law loophole remains: Attendance at an animal fight must be made a federal crime.
Tue May 14, 2013
Gay GOP Group Log Cabin Announces Relaunch
Log Cabin Republicans recently announced a relaunch of their organization, but it remains to be seen how much influence the predominately gay GOP group will have within the national Republican Party.