Illinois congress members seek 1908 Race Riot designation
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois members of Congress are seeking National Historic Monument status for the Springfield site of the 1908 Race Riots.
1908 race riot site could become National Historic Monument
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois congressman has introduced a measure to designate the site of 1908 race riots in Springfield as a National Historic Monument.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says the site is an important part of the history of Springfield and the nation. He says the designation will ensure the site's history "is nationally recognized and preserved."
Nearly $60M set aside to repair key Illinois River lock
BEARDSTOWN, Ill. (AP) — Nearly $60 million in federal money has been set aside to repair a lock on the Illinois River deemed vital for barges carrying agricultural goods to market.
Two Illinois representatives in the U.S. House announced the funding for the LaGrange Lock and Dam this past week. An initial $10 million was allotted earlier to begin renovating the central Illinois facility south of Beardstown.
The Latest: GOP’s Davis wins in central Illinois House race
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the midterm election in Illinois (all times local):
Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has won a fourth term representing a central Illinois congressional district.
Davis on Tuesday defeated Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, a first-time candidate from Springfield.
GOP Rep. Rodney Davis wins re-election to central Illinois House seat, defeating Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — GOP Rep. Rodney Davis wins re-election to central Illinois House seat, defeating Betsy Dirksen Londrigan .
Pence campaigns for Rep. Rodney Davis in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has emerged as a voice for conservative values in Congress and is urging his supporters to get out the vote in the midterm elections.
Obama endorses Londrigan in Illinois congressional race
CHICAGO (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in her race against Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for a central Illinois congressional seat.
Obama announced his second round of endorsements on Monday, backing 260 additional candidates for races across the U.S. He says the list represents candidates who "aren't just running against something, but for something."
Staffer for Rep. Rodney Davis arrested at campaign event
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The field director for Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis's re-election campaign has been charged with felony aggravated battery after he allegedly got into a physical altercation at a campaign event for Davis' opponent.
GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump has praised GOP congressmen from Illinois during a visit to a steel mill where laid-off workers recently went back to work.
Trump recognized U.S. Reps. Mike Bost, Rodney Davis and John Shimkus in his speech at Granite City Works. He says "they fight for you."
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner skipped the event, saying he had other events that conflicted with the visit. He signed legislation in Peoria and held a campaign event in suburban Chicago.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois officials are working to preserve artifacts from the 1908 Springfield Race Riots that were found at the site of a railroad improvement project.
Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis told the State Journal-Register that he's working with officials to move the items to museums, such as the Smithsonian or the Library of Congress.
WASHINGTON — Republican congressional baseball coach Roger Williams was hitting infield practice Wednesday morning as Rodney Davis played catcher and Williams staffer Zack Barth backed them up around a flooded batters box. In the outfield, lobbyist and former Hill aide Matt Mika was fielding balls with teammates.
It seemed like a normal baseball practice.
But, the scars from bullet wounds on Barth’s legs were visible.
Federal agency rules in favor of Springfield rail project
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A federal agency has ruled that a rail improvement project in Springfield, Illinois, won't have to reroute its tracks away from where homes burned during the city's Race Riot of 1908.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said the Federal Railroad Administration's decision is "critical to moving the Springfield Rail Improvements Project forward to the next phase."
Rep. Rodney Davis said Monday that it's important the memo concerning possible abuses in the surveillance system are publicly released to prevent misconceptions.
"I am for more transparency. Let's start with four pages," Mr. Davis, Illinois Republican, said on CNN. "Then let's talk about releasing more."
Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate reached an agreement Monday to temporarily reopen federal government services that were shuttered over the weekend during a standoff over spending.
One congressman says the shutdown was all about politics.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois, said the plan to keep the government running was chock full of issues that Democrats used to support.
Ending individual mandate could reduce Medicaid burden on taxpayers
One of the provisions that differed between the U.S. House and Senate tax reform proposals in Washington, D.C., is still up in the air, but one congressman hopes an end to the individual mandates prevails.
The tax bill includes a reduction of the corporate income tax from the highest in the industrialized world to among the lowest – 35 percent to 20 percent. It also could repeal the requirement that U.S. citizens purchase health insurance or get financially penalized.
Vietnam veteran from Coffeen has been awarded Bronze Star
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran from Coffeen has been awarded a Bronze Star for combat service in the Vietnam War.
Retired Staff Sgt. Kenneth D. Carlock was presented the award for meritorious service Thursday at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Decatur.
Carlock was an artillery forward observer from August 1971 to March 1972. He advised his commander on effective artillery and mortar fire.
GOP congressmen say Rauner ‘let down’ Illinois on abortion
CHICAGO (AP) — Republicans in Illinois' congressional delegation are criticizing Gov. Bruce Rauner for signing legislation expanding taxpayer-funded abortion.
The Republican congressmen on Tuesday touted their support for the bill outlawing most late-term abortions. They said Rauner "let down taxpayers and the unborn" last week by signing a law permitting Medicaid and government health-insurance abortion coverage. He previously suggested he'd veto the bill, but last week said he's pro-choice.
The Latest: Families name 3 of the missing sailors on McCain
SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on the collision between the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer and an oil tanker east of Singapore (all times local):
Three of the 10 sailors missing from the USS John S. McCain have been identified by family.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said McCain crew member Logan Palmer is from the Decatur, Illinois, area and his mother identified him as missing.
3 of 10 missing US sailors identified after warship crash
DETROIT (AP) — Sailors with ties to Michigan, Illinois and Ohio are among 10 who are missing after a U.S. warship collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asia.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he was informed by Logan Palmer's family that the central Illinois man is missing. In Michigan, April Brandon said the military informed her that her son, Ken Smith, is also missing.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Rep. John Delaney is announcing bipartisan legislation aimed at building infrastructure.
Delaney, a Democrat, is announcing the legislation on Wednesday with Florida Rep. Ted Yoho and Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis, who are both Republicans.
The Partnership to Build America Act would create a new American Infrastructure Fund to pay for state and local projects. Delaney is filing the measure with Yoho.
Trump refocusing on protecting police as some in minority communities worry about repercussions
WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump and his Justice Department have signaled they will change the way they will interact with local law enforcement, raising concern among minorities that the pendulum will swing toward protecting police in sometimes strained police-community relations.
Trump is expected to talk about the need to get tougher on crime as part of a broad-ranging address to Congress on Tuesday night, focusing on things such as fighting gang violence and confronting heroin epidemics.
Supporters want Route 66 designated as historic trail
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Supporters of Route 66, the iconic U.S. highway that carried travelers from Illinois to California, are pushing to have the roadway added to a national list of historic trails.
A group of advocates called the Route 66 Road Ahead are supporting legislation in the U.S. House seeking the designation. It would likely make the 2,400-mile road part of the National Park Service, which would provide signs and online resources to promote the highway.
DeKALB – Northern Illinois University’s Athletics Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for its 2017 induction class, selection committee chairman Rodney Davis said.
Illinois Rep. Rodney Davis withdraws support for Trump
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is joining the ranks of Republican officials who have withdrawn their support for Donald Trump after the release of a recording in which Trump makes vulgar comments about women.
The (Decatur) Herald and Review (http://bit.ly/2dNLrhR ) reported Saturday that Davis has asked to be removed from the Trump's agriculture advisory committee.
Illinois independent candidate Gill ends US House campaign
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Independent candidate David Gill says he's ending his campaign for the U.S. House's 13th congressional district in Illinois.
The Bloomington physician said in a Thursday news release that another U.S. Supreme Court justice denied his application to overturn an appeals court decision keeping him off next month's ballot.
David Gill appeals to US Supreme Court to get name on ballot
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Independent candidate David Gill is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow his name to appear on the November ballot for the 13th congressional district race.
The (Bloomington) Pantagraph reports (http://bit.ly/2cBoDRi ) the physician from Bloomington asked the court Friday to reverse a decision from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that led to his removal from the ballot.