Durbin: Refugees Already Face 'Closest Scrutiny One Can Possibly Imagine'U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he will vote against legislation that would prevent Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. until there are guarantees they won’t be a security threat.
Obama Unveils Presidential Plan To Cut Gun ViolencePresident Barack Obama unveiled an array of measures on Tuesday tightening control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass.
Prosecutors Issue Second Subpoena For Aaron Schock's RecordsFederal prosecutors seek financial records, texts and emails as part of a grand jury probe into spending by the former Congressman from Peoria.
Chicagoans Impressed With Pope's Speech To CongressMany Chicagoans who could not be at the U.S. Capitol to see Pope Francis in person on Thursday as he spoke to a joint session of Congress were glued to their television sets as he became the first pontiff in history to address a joint meeting at the U.S. Capitol.
Metra Chair Warns Of Shutdown Without Extension Of Rail Safety System DeadlineThe head of Metra’s board of directors has urged Congress to extend the deadline to install some costly safety equipment, or the commuter rail line and other railroads could be forced to come to a halt.
Dixon Family Excited To See Pope In Washington, D.C.A Dixon, Illinois, family has won an “unbelievable” opportunity to see Pope Francis when the pontiff visits the nation’s capitol later this month.
Railroads Threaten Shutdown Without Extension Of Safety System DeadlineThe nation's major freight railroads are threatening partial or total shutdowns Jan. 1, unless Congress extends the deadline for installing new signaling systems and software -- and Metra and Amtrak are caught in the middle.
Democrats Skeptical Of Iran Nuclear Deal, GOP Mostly HostileUnder the historic accord, Iran's nuclear program would be curtailed in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions. The agreement aims to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.
Iran Nuclear Deal: Fine 'New Chapter' Or 'Historic Mistake'?Iran, the United States and other world powers struck a historic deal Tuesday to curb Iranian nuclear programs in an agreement aimed at easing the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hanging over the volatile Middle East. In exchange, Iran will get billions of dollars in relief from crushing international sanctions.
Illinois Democrats Voice Opposition To Obama's Pacific Trade PactIf most of Illinois’ Democratic congressional legislation gets its way, President Barack Obama will not get fast-tracked authority to negotiate an historic trade pact with 11 Pacific Rim nations.
In Final Speech In Congress, Schock Says He's Leaving 'With Sadness And Humility'In his final speech on the House floor, embattled Congressman Aaron Schock apologized for letting down his constituents, and vowed to “work tirelessly to make it up” to them.
Schock Leaving Congress With About $3.3M In Campaign FundsThe Peoria Republican controls funds for himself, the GOP and one for other candidates. Schock may use the cash to pay any legal bills he's incurred amid recent questions about irregularities in his spending. He also could return the money to donors or give it to other candidates, the GOP or to charity.