8 hrs ago
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.
8 hrs ago
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.
Bill calls for increased US oil production to displace Iranian oil
Sen. James Inhofe will introduce legislation Wednesday calling for increased drilling on U.S. federal lands to displace Iranian oil on the world market, according to a copy of the bill obtained by The Hill.
Internet Sales Tax A Win, Say Niles and Morton Grove Chambers
The U.S. Senate has passed, 69-27, the Internet Sales Tax bill, which would require online businesses to collect the sames sales taxes as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, according to congress.org. The bill now moves to the Republican-controlled U.S. House, where it would need to pass in order to become law, according to cnn.com. Niles Chamber ... (more)
Mon May 13, 2013
The Huffington Post
Iran Sanctions Bill Draft Would 'Create The Path For A Disastrous War'
An Iran sanctions bill being drafted by a bipartisan group of senators would make regime change the official U.S. policy toward the country, a religious anti-war group said Friday, expressing concern that the measure would increase the likelihood of armed conflict over Iran's nuclear program.
Donations, lobbying by high-speed traders on the rise -report
High-frequency trading firms increased their campaign contributions to federal lawmakers by 673 percent from the 2008 to the 2012 election cycle, according to a report that sheds light on their political connections in Washington and efforts to impact policymaking.
Kirk Running For Re-election, Says Pat Brady
Sen. Mark Kirk will run for re-election in 2016, according to outgoing Illinois Republican Party chairman Pat Brady.
National Organization for Women
New Path to Ratify the ERA: Three-State Strategy Bill Introduced
Advocates of the Equal Rights Amendment were cheered Thursday when a bipartisan resolution was introduced by Sens.
Sat May 11, 2013
Belleville News Democrat
At last, a voice of reason on Scott
It was good to hear from the voice of reason in the form of Sen. Mark Kirk, with reassurances that Scott Air Force Base is safe from any future BRAC cuts.
Tough task awaits next state GOP chief
With the exit of Pat Brady of St. Charles as its chairman this week, the Illinois Republican Party is hunting to fill an often thankless job with someone who could face immense pressure to turn the GOP's recent defeats around in a crucial 2014 season.
Davis backs Internet sales tax measure
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he supports legislation, approved this week in the Senate, that would compel states to collect sales taxes on Internet-based sales.
Washington News Museum to honor two Hamas "journalists"
Washington's Newseum in its annual tribute to journalists who died reporting the news plans to honor Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, who were killed by an Israeli air strike Nov.