Senate Blocks Obama Nominee to Lead Civil Rights Division
The U.S. Senate blocked President Barack Obama 's nominee to be the government's top civil rights enforcer after Republicans and law enforcement groups objected to his role in the case of a Black Panther activist convicted of killing a white Philadelphia police officer.
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On Sentencing Reform, Are Libertarian-Leaning Republicans Joining...
New York Times describes an "unlikely" alliance between Attorney General Eric Holder and libertarian-leaning Republicans that "may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon declared war on drugs."
Pet coke only the latest pollution threat on the Southeast side
Mounds of pet coke can be seen on the property of KCBX Terminals on Chicago's Southeast side.
E-Cigarette Ban: No Facts, No Logic, No Problem
A handful of Democratic Senators are up in arms about the Golden Globe awards. No, they're not upset that Breaking Bad beat out House of Cards for best Television Drama Series.
Tue Mar 04, 2014
Bastiat, Obama, and the Russians
The early 19th-century French radical Frederic Bastiat proclaimed, "I shall not hesitate to vote for disarmament because I do not believe in invasions."
Sun Mar 02, 2014
5 Steps Government Officials Are Considering To Deal With The Situation In Ukraine
As a tense situation continued to unfold in Ukraine on Sunday, the major Sunday talk shows brought on Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as other government officials, to discuss whether there should be any U.S. involvement here over Russia's decision to send troops into the semi-autonomous region of Crimea and, if so, what that could look ... (more)
Thu Feb 27, 2014
As drivers try to avoid danger, aldermen do battle with potholes
If the polar vortex and heavy snowfalls weren't bad enough, maneuvering around the plethora of potholes found on local streets is the latest headache for drivers, and aldermen are scrambling to respond to constituent complaints.
Wed Feb 26, 2014
Senators Boxer, Durbin, Harkin, Blumenthal, Markey Introduce...
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer , Dick Durbin , Tom Harkin , Richard Blumenthal , and Edward J. Markey today introduced the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the marketing of e-cigarettes to children and teens.
Tue Feb 25, 2014
Ukraine's DC Lobbyists in Disarray
They represented a strongman's allies in Washington. Now that the strongman is hiding, they're not sure who they serve.
National Public Radio
Before Lawmakers, Former Inmates Tell Their Stories
Illinois Sen. Richard Durbin is calling on federal and state prisons to ban solitary confinement for juveniles, pregnant women and the mentally ill.
Richard Durbin: Under current policies, 'we're going to reduce...
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said the United States' debt is set to go down by $3 trillion over the next 10 years.
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Rice, Durbin And Their Staw Men
Senator Dick Durbin made an outlandish remark on Fox News on Sunday. Speaking of developments in the Ukraine, Senator Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, who appeared on the show with New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte, said: A lot of my colleagues, and I'm not pointing to my friend Kelly Ayotte in this instance, but a lot of my colleagues ... (more)
Mon Feb 24, 2014
American Exceptionalism, Crime and Punishment Edition
It is part of human nature to punish, and often cruelly so, but a provocative new book persuasively explains why American punishments remain so relentlessly harsh even in the 21st Century.
Obama to announce millions in funding for U of L partnership
President Obama is expected to announce Tuesday that more than $320 million in government and private funding will go to an advanced manufacturing initiative in which the University of Louisville is a partner.
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Feds to Bail Out Chicago? Sen. Durbin: 'Not in The Realm of Political Possibility'
Sen. Dick Durbin says having the federal government financially bail out Chicago "is not in the realm of political possibility."
Sun Feb 23, 2014
On The Record With ... Christopher Vito
Crystal Lake Central junior Christopher Vito recently completed a program as a U.S. Senate Page in Washington.
Rice Says U.S. Will - Play a Role' in Aiding Ukraine
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice said if Russian President Vladimir Putin sends troops into Ukraine, "that would be a grave mistake."
US Sen. Durbin, Chicago mayor laud federal grants for manufacturing labs in Ill., Mich.
Illinois' senior U.S. senator is lauding as revolutionary a White House initiative under which he says Chicago and Detroit will boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.
Fri Feb 21, 2014
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Schatz deserves a full Senate term, top Democrat says
The Illinois Democrat said this week, It's hard for me to put in words what I think about Danny Inouye.
Thu Feb 20, 2014
Lighter Prison Sentences for Nonviolent Drug Crimes
S. 1410 Smarter Sentencing Act The Essentials 1. Over the past 30 years the number of federal prison inmates has risen more than 500 percent, largely because of Reagan-era mandatory minimum drug sentences for crack cocaine possession that locked up thousands of low-level, nonviolent offenders.