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About a month after appearing with Donald Trump in southern Illinois, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will attend former President Barack Obama's Friday visit to Urbana-Champaign.

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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has been added to a Republican incumbent-protection program—another sign of the national stakes in Illinois’ competitive 13th Congressional District.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible Russian election interference has led to five convictions coming out of President Donald Trump's inner circle.

Update: Congressman Rodney Davis said Levi Lovell, the staffer who was fired, was not sent by him, nor does he believe his campaign sent him, to Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen-Londrigan’s event at a Springfield bar last Wednesday.

In an interview last week, Londrigan said it is common to see political operatives affiliated with the Davis campaign at her events. On Monday, Davis said he too sees trackers at his gatherings but does not know who they are with.

“Those are some of the things, unfortunately, that are a part of politics today," said Davis. "I’d rather it not be part of politics. I’ve been screamed at so loud by supporters of those who are opposed to me that they’ve spat on me in the streets of Springfield. That’s not something we should condone and I certainly don’t condone the behavior of my former employee either.”

Davis has apologized for the incident. 

Lovell was released on bond on Thursday. The Sangamon County State’s Attorney said criminal charges have not been filed at this time.  

Previous story: The Field Director for U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis was arrested last night for aggravated battery at a campaign event for Davis' opponent.

Central Illinois Regional Airport
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Central Illinois Regional Airport is getting $2.3 million from the federal government to complete a major pavement rehab project.

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As Congress gets set to debate a final version of a new farm bill this summer, one of the negotiators wants to ensure job training requirements are included.

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The trade partnership struck between the Trump administration and the EU this week is a “big deal” for Illinois farmers, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday during a visit with the president near St. Louis.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will join Donald Trump on Thursday in southern Illinois as the president visits a steel mill to tout his trade agenda.

New campaign finance disclosures show Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan outraised U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis last quarter, though the incumbent Republican still has a much larger war chest heading into the thick of campaign season.

UPDATED 4:30 p.m. | A well-known nonpartisan analyst says the race is tightening between U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Democrats are trying to flip several Congressional seats in Illinois this fall. That’s put some Republicans in a tricky spot when it comes to questions about President Donald Trump.

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The Republican-led House has narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Wednesday that President Trump’s new executive order to address his controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy may complicate things on Capitol Hill.

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One year after a shooting at a congressional baseball team practice, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will honor those who were injured and represent Illinois State University at Thursday's game.

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Bloomington-Normal's two congressmen cautioned President Trump on Monday against commuting or pardoning former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

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Editor's note: U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis made his comments Thursday afternoon. The House voted Friday morning against the Farm Bill. The vote was 198 to 213. All Democrats voted against the measure, and were joined by 30 conservative Republicans. The GOP lawmakers, members of the House Freedom Caucus, voted no after failing to get concessions on spending and a future vote on immigration in exchange for their support.

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Before there can be a blue wave, before it’s really the Year of the Woman, Democrats like Betsy Dirksen Londrigan have to win.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis has a substantial fundraising advantage as he begins his general election fight against Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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Manufacturing has seen a surge of economic growth lately, but the industry is growing faster than it can find employees to fill the gap.

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Farm states are likely to be among those hit hardest by China’s proposed tariffs on American exports, including Illinois.

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Even as mass demonstrations continue pushing for new laws to curb gun violence such as the Florida shooting, a central Illinois congressman said he does not see a need for major new curbs on guns.

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National Democrats are throwing their support behind Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, adding her to a list of top-tier candidates who they think have a shot at defeating Republican incumbents in November.

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The U.S. House has approved a bill to improve school safety in the wake of the shooting that left 17 dead at a Florida high school.

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The environment, including climate change, along with maintaining and expanding healthcare coverage were among the top issues for attendees at Tuesday's GLT Candidates Forum for the five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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The five Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis echoed each other Tuesday on nearly every progressive issue—from health care to immigration—while trying to distinguish themselves using their personal and professional backgrounds.

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Illinois Democrats and Republicans sat in the same chamber listening to President Donald Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday night, but they came away hearing different messages. 

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President Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill passed by Congress on Monday, ending the partial shutdown of the federal government after three days.

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Republicans and Democrats are each blaming the other party for the impasse that has caused government funding to expire and a partial government shutdown to loom on Monday.

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Fresh off their first major legislative victory since President Donald Trump took office, Republican lawmakers went on a bit of a victory tour back home during the holiday break.

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