Republicans are now poised to take control of the U.S. Senate. Democratic Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, who won re-election Tuesday night, says a change in party control could actually aid President Obama.
Some lawmakers are criticizing the Obama administration for the recent prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. But—Illinois Congressman, Rodney Davis supports the decision. IPR’s Bria Purdiman reports:
Shipping their harvest on barges through the vast river way system is vital for Midwest farmers. But many say the system of locks and dams on major rivers is decaying and out of date. House and Senate negotiators in Washington recently reached agreement on a bill to authorize improvements to the river system …and President Obama is expected to sign the measure. But the changes won’t happen overnight. IPR’s Rich Egger has the story
Republicans say they've found another way to fundraise for a future Barack Obama presidential library, one that doesn't involve tax money. This comes a day after Democrats advanced a plan to use state funds to entice the president to put his library in Chicago.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday declared 15 Illinois counties major disaster areas. That includes Tazewell county where hundreds of homes were destroyed in Washington and surrounding towns. Woodford, Champaign and LaSalle counties were also among those getting the federal designation. Federal assistance that's made available can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans for uninsured property losses.
President Barack Obama Monday said there was ‘no sugarcoating’ the online computer bugs following the launch of his health care law. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos says more time is needed before fixing the glitches that people encounter during the enrollment process: