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13th Congressional District

Post office supporters
Rick Bowmer / AP

Bloomington-Normal’s two Republican congressmen were split Saturday on a measure that would infuse $25 billion into the Postal Service and block operational changes that Democrats fear could hobble mail-in voting in this November's election.

post office workers
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is speaking out against President Trump's threat to withhold funding from the U.S. Postal Service over mail-in voting.

The two candidates for the 13th Congressional District say they want to improve healthcare and lower costs, but their preferred methods are very different.

Nancy Pelosi at podium
Carolyn Kaster / AP

House Democrats made good on their plans to respond to a national outcry for reform of the nation's law enforcement departments, with the chamber on Thursday approving wide-ranging efforts to overhaul the way police do their jobs.

Many Democratic governors and a few Republican ones have called on the federal government to re-open the enrollment period for Affordable Care Act insurance programs.

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis is skeptical whether that would do much.

"I think it's obviously open to discussion, but let's not kid ourselves, just opening up the ACA is not going to provide affordable health care coverage to people who are going to have to pay outrageous amounts on the exchanges," said Davis, the incumbent Republican in the 13th Congressional District.

Two Congressmen and a Regional HHS Director at a podium
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Two Central Illinois congressmen said they expect debate over a fourth coronavirus disaster recovery bill to be bipartisan, though they also preferred GOP drafts originating in the Senate.

Davis and LaHood tour testing site
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U.S. Reps. Rodney Davis and Darin LaHood said Thursday federal funding to operate the regional COVID-19 testing site in Bloomington will not end on Friday as previously planned.

UPDATED 11 p.m. | Betsy Dirksen Londrigan fended off a challenge from Stefanie Smith to win the Democratic primary in the 13th Congressional District race and earn a rematch against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

Stefanie Smith
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Democratic congressional candidate Stefanie Smith says anything short of Medicare For All is not enough to fix America’s health care system.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
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This time two years ago, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan was caught in a costly five-way primary for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.

Rodney Davis speaks
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis did not stray far from his fellow Republicans during the leadup to impeachment. But he crossed party lines for several recent votes on the Equal Rights Amendment, student loan debt, and emergency aid for Puerto Rico.

Stefanie and Betsy
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A candidate’s forum in Champaign Monday night featured the two Democrats competing for the chance to challenge 13th Congressional District Rep. Rodney Davis in November.

Rodney Davis speaks
Jeff Roberson / AP

As expected, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis joined House Republicans on Wednesday in voting against the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Rodney and Dan
Ryan Denham / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis dug in Monday night as he again attacked the impeachment inquiry and called on Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring a free trade agreement to a vote.

Rodney Davis speaks
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A national gun violence prevention group is praising U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis for his support of a new bill that would incentivize sales of safe storage devices through tax credits.

Rodney Davis at a table
Jim Meadows / Illinois Public Media

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said it’s a good thing that House impeachment investigators have begun releasing transcripts of closed-door testimony.

But Davis said the testimony doesn't give a full picture, since testimony from other witnesses remains secret.

LaHood and Trump
@RepLaHood / Twitter

President Donald Trump is not a big fan of Chicago. But he had some kind words for two downstate lawmakers during his Windy City visit on Monday.

A key election watcher says the race is tightening between Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and his Democratic challenger, Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

Stefanie Smith
Stefanie Smith for Congress / Facebook

The race for the 13th Congressional District is heating up.

Republican incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis was already facing 2020 competition from Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, who he defeated by 2,000 votes in 2018. But now Londrigan could face a challenge herself—from fellow Democrat Stefanie Smith.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan
Betsy Dirksen Londrigan

Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said she supports the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and doesn’t think it should stop other work from getting done in Washington, D.C.

Davis, LaHood Say Infrastructure Is Top Issue

Aug 20, 2019
Davis and LaHood answer questions with a crowd
Mary Cullen / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said the biggest issue he is hearing out of McLean County is infrastructure.

Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan said the president’s racist rhetoric about four members of Congress is “very worrisome” in part because it prevents “real issues” like health care from being addressed.

Londrigan with a crowd of people and signs
Dirksen Londrigan campaign

Only five months after she lost an election for the U.S. House, Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced Thursday she is running for Congress again in the 13th District.

Davis walks toward microphones
Jacquelyn Martin / AP

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says two background check bills that passed the House are “window dressing” and “distractions” that will burden law-abiding gun owners but won’t really stop gun violence.

Shayna and Nikita hug
Jeff Smudde / WGLT

It was said to be another Year of the Woman. Following Tuesday’s midterm election, that prediction came true as more women were elected to public office across the U.S. than ever before.

Rodney Davis speaks
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Republican Rep. Rodney Davis has won a fourth term representing the 13th Congressional District. But this time, he'll be in the minority party in the House.

Marco Rubio at podium
Ryan Denham / WGLT

Sen. Marco Rubio rallied Central Illinois Republicans behind Rep. Rodney Davis on Monday, calling him an effective, moderate voice in a country filled with political extremism.

Cheri, Betsy, and Nikita at ISU
Mary Cullen / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos stopped in Bloomington-Normal on Monday to voice her support for fellow Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan in the 13th Congressional District.

 Marco Rubio and Cheri Bustos
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan are getting help from some of the biggest names in their parties ahead of Monday’s GLT debate.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
Travis Stansel / Illinois Public Media

Health care, trade, and the tax overhaul are three of the biggest issues in the race for the 13th Congressional District between incumbent Rodney Davis and challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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