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.
Schock To Resign From CongressEmbroiled in a growing scandal over how he has spent taxpayer and campaign funds, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has announced he is stepping down from Congress at the end of the month. The Peoria Republican said questions about his use of taxpayer dollars and campaign cash have become a distraction.
Rauner "Not Familiar" With Senate Republicans' Letter To IranIt’s been one of the biggest national stories of the week, but Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday said he’s “not familiar” with a letter 47 Republican U.S. senators sent to the leaders of Iran, amid the Obama administration’s efforts to negotiate a nuclear deal.
Durbin: GOP Letter To Iran "A New Low" That Undermines Nuclear NegotiationsThe White House and top Democrats in Congress have accused a coalition of 47 Republican senators of attempting to undermine President Barack Obama’s efforts to negotiate an end to Iran’s nuclear program.