CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Senate Democrats have sought more than $41 billion from the federal government in the next coronavirus relief plan, including $10 billion for a pension fund...
CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Friday they are backing Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, adding to the list of top politicians...
CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly a dozen public housing authorities in the Chicago area will receive $75 million in federal funding for development, financing and modernization, federal officials said....
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Army officials have quietly ordered an investigation into allegations that leaders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual assault complaints and retaliated...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Democratic senators demanded Wednesday that Army officials open an investigation into allegations that commanders of an Illinois-based reserve unit mishandled sexual...
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' congressional delegation is backing Gov. J.B. Pritzker's appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reverse its decision to deny aid to individual flood...
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg faced withering questions from senators Tuesday about two crashes of 737 Max jets and whether the company concealed information about a critical flight...
CHICAGO (AP) — Two of Amtrak's Illinois trains routes are among the worst-performing in the nation, according to a new government report.
Amtrak's Illini and Saluki trains run between Union...
WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — Congressmen and senators from Illinois are urging a review of health policies after a mumps outbreak at a northern Illinois county jail that houses immigrant...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois and the city of Chicago are receiving nearly $38 million in federal grants to fight the opioid epidemic.
Sen. Dick Durbin says the money will address "one...
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois is getting $450,000 in federal funds to improve maternal health and reduce the number of women and babies who die during or shortly after pregnancy.
Illinois' two senators continued their pressure campaign on Major League Baseball to be more proactive about fan safety at ballparks, urging greater transparency about how often and how seriously...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of an Air Force general to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, largely discounting an aide's...
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — Wiscasset would collect more than $8 million for storing radioactive waste from Maine Yankee under a proposal in Congress.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois trooper killed in the line of duty has been honored on a memorial wall in the Illinois State Police Memorial Park.
WISCASSET, Maine (AP) — A proposal before the U.S. Senate would seek to help communities around the country that face the expensive problem of storing spent nuclear fuel.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The 183rd Wing of the Illinois Air National Guard could start flying F-16s again after spending years repairing them if the state's two U.S. senators have their...
CAIRO, Ill. (AP) — A published report says the former director of a southern Illinois housing authority ordered to pay a $500,000 fine for mismanaging public housing funds and program fraud hasn't...
DOLTON, Ill. (AP) — A Chicago suburb is receiving federal money to help ease freight rail congestion.
Federal officials say the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded over $19 million...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is partnering with two Midwestern Democrats to fight the spread of misinformation about vaccines in the face of measles outbreaks...
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth has returned to Iraq for the first time since the helicopter she was piloting was shot down during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; former Gov. William Weld, R-Mass.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Illinois congressional Democrats have asked Wisconsin's new Democratic governor to re-evaluate the environmental impact of a sprawling plant that Foxconn Technology Group plans to build near the states' border, saying they are concerned it could exacerbate flooding in Chicago's northern suburbs.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois members of Congress are seeking National Historic Monument status for the Springfield site of the 1908 Race Riots.
CHICAGO (AP) — Three Democratic U.S. senators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to investigate allegations it isn't properly inspecting facilities that emit the cancer-causing gas ethylene oxide.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A suburban Chicago commuter rail agency will get more than $2 million from the federal government to implement a computerized system that will make train travel safer for passengers and rail workers.
In a news release, Democratic U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois say that the funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation will allow Metra to implement what is called Positive Train Control safety technology on its railroads.
GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) — Communities across Illinois are receiving a combined $13.7 million to reduce hazards from lead-based paint in low-income housing.
About $3.6 million will be used for remediation at 200 housing units in Galesburg, where the Illinois Department of Public health has reported high rates of elevated blood lead levels in children. A 2015 study found 14.4 percent of tested children showed elevated levels — one of the highest rates in the state.
CHICAGO (AP) — Five Illinois community health centers are receiving more than $36 million in federal funds to help provide affordable health care in underserved rural and urban areas.
Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday.
SIHF Healthcare in St. Clair County is receiving $15.5 million, the largest amount. Two agencies in Cook County and one each in Winnebago and Whiteside counties also will get funds.
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman is accused of making hundreds of nasty and sometimes obscene phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.
BENTON, Ill. (AP) — A southern Illinois woman has been charged with making more than 200 harassing phone calls to U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth over a five-month period.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser has been appointed the U.S. attorney for Illinois' central district pending confirmation by the Senate.
Milhiser started his new duties on Wednesday. President Donald Trump nominated him in August, and U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth have praised the selection.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is receiving more than $12.5 million in federal grants for improvements at Midway International Airport.
Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the funding Tuesday.
The grants will be used to improve lighting on Midway's runways and the airfield and to replace some concrete on the terminal ramp.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated Sangamon County State's Attorney John Milhiser to be U.S. attorney for the central district of Illinois.
The 48-year-old Milhiser has been state's attorney since 2010. The U.S. Senate must consent to the Republican's appointment before he takes over the 46-county central district.
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Programs that help babies and young children and their low-income families in suburban Chicago are getting nearly $3 million.
U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin say in a news release the money will help families gain access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs through the Evanston/Skokie Community Consolidated School District 35. Specifically, it will help existing education, nutrition and health programs for children from birth until they are 5 years old.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Sixteen community service programs in Illinois will receive more than $16 million dollars in federal funding.
The federal Corporation for National and Community Service is distributing $11.6 million to help more than 900 AmeriCorps members conduct community projects and pay college costs and student loans after completing their service.
CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says she's returning to full-time work after 12 weeks of leave to care for her baby.
The Illinois Democrat tells the Chicago Sun-Times that she stayed at her Washington home as much as possible but returned to the Senate for critical votes. A daughter, Maile Bowlsbey, was born in April.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:
ABC's "This Week" — Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — The federal government is giving Illinois $4.1 million to renovate a veterans' home where Legionnaires' disease has contributed to the deaths of 13 residents.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the money from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be used to upgrade the water system and other improvements at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
Durbin says the money will be a "needed boost," but that "there is much more work to be done."
CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government is providing $200,000 to clean up a site in an economically disadvantaged neighborhood on Chicago's southwest side.
U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin say the money will be spent to help eliminate toxic pollutants from a 3.2-acre (1.3-hectare) site where there are plans to build a public health care facility called the Focal Point Community Campus. The area was left contaminated by an industrial facility that once operated there.
THOMSON, Ill. (AP) — A prison in northwestern Illinois will be completely activated by the end of next year, a Bureau of Prisons official said.
The Thomson Administrative U.S. Penitentiary could have up to 600 employees, Sauk Valley Media reported . The government originally had projected that the facility could employ up to 1,100 people.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's South Side will see $132 million in federal funding to separate rail lines in an effort to alleviate train congestion in the area.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the mass shooting at a Texas high school (all times local):
The mother of one of the students killed in last week's school shooting is voicing her opposition to unfettered gun rights.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sens. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and John Hoeven of North Dakota marked the anniversary of the shooting of an Amtrak conductor in suburban Chicago with the introduction of legislation that would make such an attack a federal crime.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, of Illinois, joined with 28 other veterans Wednesday in calling for Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson to apologize for questioning the "cognitive thought process" of veterans who are Democrats.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on veterans' letter sent to Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson seeking an apology (all times local):
Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is joining with 28 other veterans in calling for Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Kevin Nicholson to apologize for questioning the "cognitive thought process" of veterans who are Democrats.
THEBES, Ill. (AP) — Federal housing officials have agreed to reduce the rent for more than two dozen families who have been told they must move out of two southern Illinois public housing complexes that have fallen into disrepair.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tiny Maile Pearl made Senate history Thursday without making a sound.
The tightly wrapped 10-day-old baby, brought to the well of the chamber by her mother, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, became the first newborn to appear there, just one day after the Senate approved a new rule permitting it.
"It's about time," the Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran told reporters on the way in to vote.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate and a rule change allowing newborns of members into the chamber (all times local):
Sen. Tammy Duckworth and daughter Maile have made Senate history.
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is receiving more than $6.7 million in federal grants to help low-income residents with HIV and AIDS.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth say the funds from the Department of Health and Human Services are intended to provide support services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families. The care will extend beyond essential medical services, and is aimed at improving overall medical outcomes.