U. S. Congress

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Unopposed in Tuesday's GOP primary, Bill Fawell is preparing to start his campaign for Congress in earnest next month. He'll run against Democratic incumbent Cheri Bustos in Illinois' 17th District.

He's also working on the first bill he'll propose if elected. Fawell believes federal agencies like the EPA and Department of Education have too much power, and he wants to return this power to the states where it belongs.

Every year, community health centers across the U.S. serve 27 million people - at more than 10,000 sites - and they focus on reaching underserved communities.

Federal lawmakers allowed funding for these centers to lapse last fall. U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth of Illinois issued a statement Tuesday calling on Senate leadership to immediately reauthorize funds, lest an estimated 9 million Americans lose access to health care.

A proposal at the Illinois statehouse aims to hold lawmakers accountable in cases of sexual harassment and discrimination. The measure is sponsored by state Representative David McSweeny. He says it would prohibit taxpayer money from covering settlement payouts in cases of harassment by state legislators:

“Somebody that is guilty of sexual harassment should be punished, and they should pay for it themselves.”

Congressman Darin LaHood says he’s “thrilled” with his new committee assignment.

Speaker Paul Ryan appointed LaHood to the House Ways and Means Committee. 

LaHood considers it a significant committee because it deals with taxation, trade, healthcare, and many entitlement programs.             

“..Those are important issues to the American people. They’re important to our seniors. They’re important to every facet of our economic system.”

Killeen Weighs In On Congressional Tax Reform Bill

Dec 20, 2017
Hannah Meisel / WILL/Illinois Public Radio

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen says he's pleased the Republican tax reform bill protects graduate education … but he cautions it could harm higher education in other areas.

In an email to U of I employees, Killeen says he is glad Congress kept the tuition tax benefit in place for graduate students. If grad students get their tuition waived as part of their research and teaching work, they will not have to report that waiver as income.

An Illinois retirement board is terminating the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert for his service in the Illinois General Assembly.
 
The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5-2 on Wednesday to end Hastert's $28,000 annual pension. Hastert is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of students when he taught at an Illinois public school more than 35 years ago.