12 hrs ago
A year after Fitzgerald's resignation, Obama nominates Latham litigator for Illinois US attorney
Zachary Fardon , a Latham & Watkins partner who chairs its Chicago litigation department, was nominated Thursday to serve as the Northern District of Illinois U.S. attorney.
16 hrs ago
Immigration advocates urge GOP to 'remember November'
In delivering hundreds of petition signatures to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office this week, immigration reform supporters showed they won't be bashful about using last year's election results to try to lobby Republicans.
Finally: Tax-Dodging, Union-Busting, Subprime Mortgage Banker Hauled Before Congress
The Senate will finally confront one of the architects of the subprime mortgage crisis today, hauling a tax-dodging, union-busting, bank-breaking, billionaire member of the "one percent" before the Senate Commerce Committee... to consider her confirmation as Secretary of Commerce in President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
Thu May 23, 2013
WH log shows IRS union leader met with Obama before targeting Tea Party
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.