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Editorial Roundup: Illinois

Apr. 07, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

Arlington Heights Daily Herald. April 2, 2021. Editorial: The lead in Illinois’ drinking water U.S. senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin are pushing for the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen safe drinking water protections in...

Deadly breach could delay decisions about Capitol fencing

Apr. 03, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest deadly breach of the Capitol’s perimeter could delay the gradual reopening of the building’s grounds to the public just as lawmakers were eyeing a return to more normal security measures following the Jan. 6 insurrection. Capitol Police...

Biden rolls out diverse first slate of judicial nominees

Mar. 30, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated a racially diverse and overwhelmingly female group to federal and other judgeships, including three Black women for the U.S. courts of appeals, one pathway to the Supreme Court. Biden promised as a candidate to...

Biden aims to prevent border crossings from swamping agenda

Mar. 21, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is scrambling to manage a growing humanitarian and political challenge at the U.S.-Mexico border that threatens to overshadow its ambitious legislative agenda. With the number of migrants surging, administration officials say...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Mar. 19, 2021 19:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows: ABC’s “This Week” — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas; Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Judy Chu, D-Calif. __ NBC’s...

Battling bigness: Congress eyes action against monopolies

Mar. 19, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle against bigness is building. Whether it’s beer, banks or book publishing, lawmakers are targeting major industries they say have become so concentrated that they’re hurting competition, consumers and the economy. The economic dislocation...

Leading Senate Dem says outlook bleak on immigration bills

Mar. 15, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leader of Senate Democrats' drive to help millions of immigrants become citizens cast severe doubt on its prospects Monday, as one of President Joe Biden's early priorities seemed in danger of running aground in a Congress his own party controls. A...

Security officials to scale back fencing around US Capitol

Mar. 15, 2021 21:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid strong bipartisan pushback, security officials say they will soon scale back fencing that has circled the U.S. Capitol and cut off the entire area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic since a mob attacked the building on Jan. 6. Timothy Blodgett,...

US Sen. Tammy Duckworth announces re-election bid

Mar. 09, 2021 22:38 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday took to Twitter to announce plans to run in 2022 for a second term. In her brief tweet, Duckworth claimed her work for Illinois families and veterans isn’t finished. Duckworth, who turns 53 on Friday, is...

Acting U.S. attorney for central Illinois chosen

Mar. 07, 2021 09:47 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A retired Army lieutenant colonel and top prosecutor in the U.S. attorney's office in central Illinois has been named acting U.S. attorney. Douglas J. Quivey began work last week after the resignation in February of John Milhiser, who was...