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2021-10-29 17:32:44
by Dan McCue
Kinzinger Blasts Partisanship While Announcing He Won’t Seek Reelection

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of former President Trump's staunchest critics in the Republican party, announced Friday that... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., one of former President Trump's staunchest critics in the Republican party, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2022. The announcement, via Twitter, came just hours after Democrats in the Illinois... Read More

Pritzker: Illinois a 'Force for Good' by Cutting Carbon Gas

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging... Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state's climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants. The legislation invests... Read More

Democrats Set to OK New Legislative Maps Over Criticism

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some... Read More

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Democrats on Tuesday are expected to approve new legislative boundaries over objections from Republicans and some community groups that the process was unnecessarily rushed and maps drawn behind closed doors to keep Democrats in power.  Tuesday's... Read More

2021-08-20 17:44:20
by Dan McCue
Justice Barrett Gives Green Light to Construction of Obama Presidential Center

CHICAGO -- A long running effort by local environmentalists to block construction of the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s... Read More

CHICAGO -- A long running effort by local environmentalists to block construction of the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Chicago’s Jackson Park ended on Friday when Justice Amy Coney Barrett declined to intervene in the case. The environmentalists, who collectively... Read More

2021-08-19 19:43:30
by Dan McCue
Illinois GOP Claims Census Data Proves New Maps Illegal

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete... Read More

Republicans in the Illinois General Assembly say newly released census numbers reveal the legislative maps that Democrats pushed to complete in the spring are unconstitutional. The Census Bureau released the data Thursday, Aug. 12, months later than usual, due to... Read More

2021-08-12 19:05:34
by Dan McCue
Chicago’s Top Doc Says ‘No Evidence’ Lollapalooza Was Super Spreader Event

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events,... Read More

CHICAGO -- To anyone still waiting for a sign that it’s safe to attend concerts and other large outdoors events, the weekly update from Chicago’s top medical official on Thursday was good news indeed -- the four-day Lollapalooza festival was... Read More

2021-06-29 20:13:19
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Chicago Tries To Jumpstart Housing For Black Community And Promote Equity

CHICAGO - The city unveiled a plan this week to build 250 new homes in North Lawndale, an area on... Read More

CHICAGO - The city unveiled a plan this week to build 250 new homes in North Lawndale, an area on the west side of Chicago.  The city has committed to sell 250 city-owned lots for $1 each, which the mayor's... Read More

2021-06-04 13:03:30
by Dan McCue
Illinois Democrats Plow Ahead Despite Pleas to Go Slow on Redistricting

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will... Read More

After two days of public hearings, Illinois Democrats quickly approved new boundaries for state House and Senate district that will ensure their control of the legislature for the next decade, And they’ve since sent their proposed maps to Democratic Gov.... Read More

2021-03-24 16:01:05
by TWN Staff
Davis Moves to Expedite Major Infrastructure Projects

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is looking to get ahead of what could be a prolonged debate over infrastructure... Read More

WASHINGTON - Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., is looking to get ahead of what could be a prolonged debate over infrastructure priorities and has proposed streamlining and expediting the permitting process to get projects moving faster. Davis is the prime sponsor... Read More

2020-11-03 06:07:52
by TWN Staff
IL-14: Jim Oberweis (R)

About Oberweis : Jim Oberweis is an entrepreneur, family man, and conservative. A native of Illinois’ Fox Valley region, Oberweis... Read More

About Oberweis : Jim Oberweis is an entrepreneur, family man, and conservative. A native of Illinois’ Fox Valley region, Oberweis graduated from Marmion Military Academy before going on to earn a B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and,... Read More

2020-11-03 05:54:38
by TWN Staff
IL-14: Lauren Underwood (D)

About Underwood: Lauren Underwood is currently serving the 14th district in Congress. She is the first woman to represent the... Read More

About Underwood: Lauren Underwood is currently serving the 14th district in Congress. She is the first woman to represent the district. At 33, she is the youngest Black woman ever elected to Congress. Underwood grew up in Naperville. She is... Read More

2020-11-01 09:04:22
by TWN Staff
IL-15: Mary Miller (R)

About Miller: Mary Miller is a Republican running for election to the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 15th Congressional District.... Read More

About Miller: Mary Miller is a Republican running for election to the U.S. House to represent Illinois' 15th Congressional District. Her campaign website described her as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a local farmer, and a business manager. Miller... Read More

2020-11-01 08:52:48
by TWN Staff
IL-03: Marie Newman (D)

About Newman: Newman is running for Congress because “We need a real vision with a real plan. As part of... Read More

About Newman: Newman is running for Congress because “We need a real vision with a real plan. As part of that plan, we need to solve the ‘patchwork of jobs’ issue prevalent here, where folks try to make ends meet... Read More

2020-10-30 23:47:50
by TWN Staff
IL-13: Rodney Davis (R)

About Davis: On January 3, 2017, Davis was sworn in to his third term as the congressman for the 13th... Read More

About Davis: On January 3, 2017, Davis was sworn in to his third term as the congressman for the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. As a member... Read More

2020-10-30 23:46:02
by TWN Staff
IL-13: Betsy Dirksen Londrigan (D)

About Londrigan: In 2018, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan came within less than one percent of the vote of unseating incumbent Rodney... Read More

About Londrigan: In 2018, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan came within less than one percent of the vote of unseating incumbent Rodney Davis. In Congress, she will oppose tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy. She will support a labor union's right... Read More

An Illinois University Got Major Pushback for Cutting Religion, French and Anthropology. But Other Colleges Are Dropping the Humanities too

CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this. Though... Read More

CHICAGO — Scott Sheridan didn’t expect his 23 years of teaching at Illinois Wesleyan University to end like this. Though fewer students are pursuing degrees in his areas of study these days, many still participate. This semester, more than 50... Read More

2020-03-02 19:28:22
by Dan McCue
Davis Investigates Automatic Voter Registration System Failures in Illinois

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill,... Read More

In the wake of complaints that Illinois' news automatic voter registration system is riddled with problems, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill, last week convened a congressional listening session to get a handle on the problem many fear is compromising voters' rights.... Read More

Illinois Customers Spent $40M on Recreational Marijuana During First Month of Sales

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and... Read More

CHICAGO — Customers spent $39.2 million on recreational marijuana during the first month of legal weed sales in Illinois, and operators say they don’t expect sales to slow down any time soon. Sales to Illinois residents totaled more than $30.6... Read More

Recreational Weed is Legal in Illinois, But Medical Marijuana Requests Are Up. Here’s Why.

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores... Read More

CHICAGO — Since recreational weed went on sale in Illinois three weeks ago, long lines have formed outside dispensaries, stores have established buying limits, and some have run out of product. All that was expected, based on what’s happened as... Read More

2019-07-25 21:46:52
by Dan McCue
Reps. Davis, Craig Introduce Bipartisan Disaster Loan Program Bill

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by... Read More

WASHINGTON - Representatives Rodney Davis, R-Ill., and Angie Craig, D-Minn., proposed Wednesday to create a low-interest loan program administered by FEMA for states to fund projects that reduce the risks and costs of natural disasters. “Helping communities prepare for disasters... Read More

2019-01-09 01:51:50
by Bill Myers
A Failed State, How Illinois' Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of ... Read More

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won. A few years ago, Lee County authorities ... Read More

IL-04: Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D)

Jesús “Chuy” García is a progressive leader who has fought to improve the lives of all people. Chuy ... Read More

Jesús “Chuy” García is a progressive leader who has fought to improve the lives of all people. Chuy emerged as a national leader during his 2015 bid for Mayor of the City of Chicago.  Chuy received an outpouring of ... Read More

2018-11-05 22:30:41
by IL-06: Sean Casten (D)
IL-06: Sean Casten (D)

Sean has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and masters’ degrees in engineering management and biochemical engineering, which ... Read More

Sean has an undergraduate degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and masters’ degrees in engineering management and biochemical engineering, which helped inform his career in science and business. In 2007, Sean moved to Illinois to co-found Recycled Energy Development LLC, with ... Read More

2018-11-03 02:12:49
by TWN Staff
ILLINOIS'S 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT

Why this race matters: A former U.S. Navy officer and State's Attorney, Kelly is known for filing suit against ... Read More

Why this race matters: A former U.S. Navy officer and State's Attorney, Kelly is known for filing suit against major pharmaceutical manufacturers for maximizing profits while deceiving patients about the dangers of certain prescribed opioids. Kelly has make the ... Read More

2018-10-19 17:58:59
by TWN Staff
On the Trail: Countdown to the Midterms

AZ (Senate): Candidates for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, U.S. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R), debated ... Read More

AZ (Senate): Candidates for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat, U.S. Representatives Kyrsten Sinema (D) and Martha McSally (R), debated at an event hosted by Arizona PBS and the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. Watch the debate... Read More

2018-09-08 17:38:41
by IL-14: Lauren Underwood (D)
IL-14: Lauren Underwood (D)

Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Lauren was appointed by President Obama ... Read More

Lauren Underwood is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Read More

2018-09-08 14:37:42
by IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)
IL-12: Brendan Kelly (D)

With the help of a Navy ROTC scholarship, Brendan attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Government ... Read More

With the help of a Navy ROTC scholarship, Brendan attended the University of Notre Dame, earning a degree in Government and International Relations and earning a commission as an officer in the United States Navy. Read More

2018-09-05 23:39:35
by John Kass
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Drops Out, and It's Lord of the Flies, Again

Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops a political bombshell on Chicago, announcing he won't run for re-election, and just like that the ... Read More

Mayor Rahm Emanuel drops a political bombshell on Chicago, announcing he won't run for re-election, and just like that the race for mayor has been transformed: It's Lord of the Flies on LaSalle Street. Read More

2018-08-29 00:51:54
by John Kass
The Silence of Pope Francis and the Pain of a Church

As Roman Catholic bishops tear at each other, as Pope Francis refuses comment even while standing accused of covering up ... Read More

As Roman Catholic bishops tear at each other, as Pope Francis refuses comment even while standing accused of covering up sexual abuse, I thought of a Bible story. Read More

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