Congress

Government
4:24 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Darin LaHood running for Schock’s seat

State Senator Darin LaHood is officially running to replace outgoing Congressman Aaron Schock in the 18th District.  Schock resigns at the end of the month following questions surrounding taxpayer spending and donor relationships.  State Representative Mike Unes is also considering a run for Congress during a special election later this year.  State Senator Jason Barickman, a Bloomington Republican, has expressed interest. Other possibilities include former State Representative Jil Tracy of Quincy, who left her seat for an unsuccessful bid as lieutenant governor last year.  Reports are that state senator Bill Brady is NOT going to run for Schock’s seat.  

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State News
2:48 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Illinois disaster preparedness affected by Department of Homeland Security

Local officials say if congress doesn’t reach an agreement to fund the Department of Homeland Security it could hurt the area’s disaster preparedness.  Michael Masters heads Cook County’s Department of Homeland Security.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:42 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Schock reimbursed costs for lavish office decor

  The Associated Press has learned that Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock has personally reimbursed the government $40,000 for renovations to his congressional office. It was modeled after the TV show "Downton Abbey."

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State News
5:43 am
Wed January 21, 2015

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on SOTU address

Credit dickdurbin.com

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin applauded President Obama’s challenge to Congress to pass specific economic proposals made during Tuesday’s State of the Union address. He says ideas like two free years of community college, paid sick leave, and quality child care are hard to vote against.

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Peoria Public Radio News
12:57 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Congressman Schock touts legislation that could improve locks and dams

Congressman Aaron Schock speaks at a news conferences at the Peoria Lock and Dam.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria Congressman Aaron Schock is touting legislation that could produce millions of dollars to upgrade the region's aged locks and dams. The measure moving through Congress increases the fees barge operators pay to fund construction projects along inland waterways.

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State News
6:39 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Sen. Durbin reacts to Senate CIA torture report

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois is calling the CIA interrogation practices described in the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report troubling. He says it's "equally disturbing" that U.S. intelligence agencies "refused to disclose the truth even to the highest levels of government."

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:14 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

LaHood: "U.S. is one big pothole"

Former Congressman and U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood speaks to an economics class at Bradley University.
Credit Denise Molina-Weiger / Peoria Public Radio

A former Peoria Congressman and U.S. Secretary of Transportation says the country is one big pothole. Republican Ray LaHood spoke to an economics class Thursday at Bradley University on how building a strong infrastructure can boost the U.S. economy.

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Government
1:44 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Bustos touts new state manufacturing lab during Peoria stop

U.S. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says the region could benefit from a new Digital Manufacturing lab next year. She says the $320 million lab will help small and large businesses reduce the cost of developing and launching new products:

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State News
7:05 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Military style police equipment sparks discussion

Since law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri, began using its federally supplied military-style equipment, the spotlight has been on police departments everywhere. Members of Congress have begun to question the program that distributes extra supplies to local law enforcement.

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State News
2:15 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Congressman Davis points out recent accomplishments

Criticism about a 'do-nothing' congress doesn't sit well with a member from central Illinois. Rodney Davis says despite pundits calling attention to what might be an historic low for approving laws, this congress can point to some key accomplishments. 

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