Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has asked a judge to toss the corruption case against him, arguing that authorities misinterpreted the law and overreached.  Lawyers for the Illinois Republican filed the motion to dismiss the case in a Springfield federal court. Among their other arguments is that the indictment trespasses on land the Constitution reserves for Congress.

Several months after first being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor of Illinois, Cheri Bustos has decided against it. Monday the congresswoman from East Moline and the 17th District said she will run for re-election next year instead.

Rep. Darin LaHood is expected to make several public appearances Mon. that are being met with criticism. Civic and political groups on Facebook, including Change Peoria, organized protests Sat. after they "caught wind" of LaHood’s schedule.

“Many people are frustrated that there seems to be a distance between Rep. LaHood and his constituents, and conversely, not enough distance between Rep. LaHood and this administration [President Donald Trump],” organizer Terra Brockman, of Eureka, said.

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Last week, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely. 

Republican members of Congress from Illinois are divided on President Trump's executive order on refugees and immigrants. So far, three of Illinois' seven Congressional Republicans have issued statements saying they're OK with the president's order.

Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin had harsh words today in Springfield for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.  President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants. 

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Former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock will be arraigned next month on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job. Schock was scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 21 on theft of government funds, fraud, making false statements and filing false tax returns charges. However, Schock's attorneys asked for a delay, saying an arraignment that day would interfere with a planned international business trip.

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Democrat Raja Krishnamoorthi says he'll embody middle class values when he becomes a member of the U.S. House. 

A central-Illinois physician has lost another round in his fight to become an independent candidate for Congress.

Illinois’ newest congressman has not decided who he will  support for House Speaker.  Republican Darin LaHood took office only about a month ago.  He says he wants to interview the candidates to find out what they have to say about moving the country forward.

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It's been years since the last long-term federal transportation program.  But with Congress back in session tomorrow, Illinois' senior U.S. Senator is making a push for it to get done by the end of the month.  

U.S. Rep. Bill Foster says he'll vote for the Iran nuclear deal after reviewing the scientific details of the pact.

A northern Illinois Congressman is co-sponsoring a bill to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren says the First Amendment Defense Act is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.  He’s concerned that those who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman might themselves become victims of discrimination. 

Illinois U.S. Senator Mark Kirk wants President Barack Obama to introduce stronger sanctions against Iran.  The House approved a new bill yesterday which gives lawmakers the power to review and potentially reject a nuclear deal with Iran.  

Four time Congressional Candidate runs for 13th district

Apr 30, 2015

Four time Democratic Congressional Candidate David Gill says he's tired of the flaws of both Democratic and Republican Parties. His fifth run for Congress will be as an independent.

Darin LaHood running for Schock’s seat

Mar 17, 2015

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.  

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.

  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."

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin on SOTU address

Jan 21, 2015

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 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.

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."

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

Oct 16, 2014
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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.

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:

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.

Congressman Davis points out recent accomplishments

Aug 20, 2014

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. 

Illinois' senior U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin, says Congress needs to act before the federal highway fund is depleted. He says Tuesday in Washington he will help introduce ways to pay for it.

The second battle for Congress between republican Bobby Schilling and democrat Cheri Bustos is officially underway. Sunday in the Quad Cities, Schilling launched his campaign to win back Illinois' 17th District seat.

A group of central Illinois Democrats as well as some in agriculture and academics are trying to rally around President Obama's action last month on climate change.