Illinois

Office of Congressional Ethics Looking at Rep. Bobby Rush

A Congressman’s handling of a $1 million grant and his campaign fund expenditures are being probed by the Office of Congressional Ethics.
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., acknowledged the inquiry and stated, “I’ve been cooperative,” according…

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Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate

Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it’s been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law…

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NRCC Chairman to Fundraise for Illinois House Hopefuls

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden is making a campaign swing through Illinois on Friday, headlining fundraisers benefiting four Republican challengers and one of the party’s most vulnerable members.
Walden will host separate fundraising…

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Ann Callis, Rodney Davis to Face Off in Targeted Illinois District

Former Madison County Judge Ann Callis picked up the Democratic nomination in Illinois’ 13th District Tuesday night and will now face a top target of national Democrats, freshman GOP Rep. Rodney Davis.
Callis defeated physics…

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Oberweis wins GOP primary to face Durbin

Illinois state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R) has won his Senate primary and will face Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) in the fall.
Oberweis, a wealthy dairy magnate, hardline conservative and perennial candidate, leads businessman…

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Convicted Terrorist Worked as Obamacare Navigator in Illinois

A terrorist from Jordan briefly worked as an Obamacare navigator in Illinois while authorities remained unaware of her conviction for involvement in a deadly grocery store bombing and two other attacks.
Rasmieh Yousef Odeh was…

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Kirk’s Next Challenge? Re-Election in 2016

Lying in a Chicago hospital bed two years ago, Sen. Mark S. Kirk had a lot of time to think.
Debilitated by an ischemic stroke, he thought about his failings as a senator and as…

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Federal judge shoots down Chicago gun sales ban

After ruling Chicago’s ban on firearm sales a breach of constitutional rights earlier this month, a federal judge is giving the city 180 days to formulate a new law governing gun stores.
Judge Edward Chang…

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Gun ban in Chicago ruled unconstitutional — by Obama-appointed judge

A federal judge appointed by President Obama said Chicago’s ban on the sale and transfer of guns was unconstitutional, overturning the city’s ordinance and handing a very big win to Second Amendment activists.
U.S. District…

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Retired teachers file first lawsuit against Illinois pension reform law

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association filed suit Friday challenging the constitutionality of the state’s historic but controversial plan to deal with the nation’s most underfunded public employee pension system.
The lawsuit is the first of…

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FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.

The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as…

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Quinn writes stricter rules into concealed carry bill

Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday made sweeping changes to a bill that would allow concealed guns to be carried in public, writing in tougher regulations he deemed “common sense” amid staunch criticism from lawmakers who…

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Calling Miss America a ‘Street Walker’ May Get GOP Honcho the Boot

Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., called on a local GOP official to resign after calling the congressman’s primary opponent a “street walker” in an email.
Montgomery County GOP Chairman Joe Allen made several disparaging comments about…

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