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 Former U.S. Congressman Aaron Schock was in federal court in Springfield this week, challenging a potential civil contempt citation.  U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Sharon Paul says the possible citation stems from Schock allegedly failing to turn over campaign and congressional records.  She declined to comment whether this week’s hearings were connected to an ongoing grand jury investigation of Schock into allegations of improper campaign spending.  Paul says the civil contempt matter was delayed pending a status conference set for late next month.

Durbin to chair civil rights hearing

Dec 8, 2014

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin will chair a congressional hearing Tuesday on civil rights. The Illinois Democrat says he planned the hearing before the elections, though protests over grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are sure to be covered.

It’s been more than a month since Peoria County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Same-sex couples with civil unions can get them converted for free into a marriage license.  Some counties will convert the civil union even if it’s from a different county. But Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office is avoiding that:

The only living member of the “Big Six” leaders of the Civil Rights Movement spoke at Bradley University today. Congressman John Lewis was also a close friend of Martin Luther King Junior.  He urged the hundreds in attendance to have courage in standing up against injustice.  But Lewis also praised Central Illinois for a strong history of leadership: