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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.

Congressman Rodney Davis at a microphone.
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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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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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The Trump administration's offer to address the DACA problem of childhood immigrants comes with too steep a price tag for many Democrats.

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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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U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood is praising the House version of the GOP tax plan he voted for last week.

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There is a growing bipartisan chorus of calls to take a step in the direction of regulating guns in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, including two lawmakers from Central Illinois.

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Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise returned to Capitol Hill this week, and a central Illinois congressman said it was an emotional moment for him.

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Now that Republican efforts to scuttle Obamacare have failed, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said Wednesday he is hopeful a bipartisan reform measure can emerge.

The Illinois Democrat said he trusts GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to help come up with health care reform.

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Following the failure of the House and Senate to agree on a mechanism to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, Republicans have moved on to an overhaul of the tax code.

Mitch McConnell speaks
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This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay.

In Illinois, many thousands could be affected. Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

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Hastert To Lose Pension

Apr 26, 2017
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An Illinois retirement board is terminating former U-S House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s state pension.

He’d been collecting about $28,000 a year for his service in the state legislature.

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Just before the Senate Judiciary voted to forward President Trump's Supreme Court nominee to the full senate, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois announced his expected opposition.

The Illinois Democrat said federal Judge Neil Gorsuch favors big business and big money over ordinary people in nearly all cases.

D. C. Remembers Peoria's Bob Michel

Mar 9, 2017
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts joined Bob Dole, James Baker, Dick Cheney, Speaker Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi and a slew of former and present Washington all-stars to pay tribute to Bob Michel at a Memorial Service on Capitol Hill.  They said he embodied the highest ideals of democracy.

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Former Congressman Bob Michel has died at age 93. Michel was a member of the United States House of Representatives for 38 years. He represented central Illinois' 18th congressional district, and was the GOP leader in Congress, serving as Minority Leader for 14 years of Democratic Party dominance of the House. 

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said he sees shifting rhetoric by Congressional Republicans that gives him hope the Affordable Care Act will not just be simply repealed.

Durbin said during a stop at the McLean County Museum Of History Route 66 Visitors' Center that a repeal would be disastrous for both the stability of the insurance marketplace and for medical providers.

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In this time of tension over immigration here is an example of how one group of Latinos created its own sense of community and belonging in a town in rural Indiana.

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Since the November election protests have erupted across the U.S. involving a broad swath of issues. many have attracted surprising numbers of supporters.

With Republicans controlling both the legislative and executive functions of the Federal government, traditional Democratic constituencies are increasingly turning to the streets to register their feelings.

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Entering the office with extremely low public approval ratings, soon-to-be President Donald Trump will likely start burning his political capital quickly. That's according to Kerri Milita, associate professor of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.

During Sound Ideas, Milita said Trump's best chances to get things done are during the first 100 days of his presidency.

Mark Wicklund is a disabled steelworker who now is the President of the Board of Directors for the Macon County Opportunities Corporation which has a head start program and a very large senior nutrition program serving 36,000 meals per year at eight rural locations.

He's spent nearly all his life in Decatur.

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The Mayor of Normal is giving Congressional testimony on the merits of high speed rail.

Chris Koos is appearing before the subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets of the Community on Oversight and Government Reform.

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There were no Democrats on the ballot for Congress in the 18th district when Illinois voters cast primary ballots nearly three months ago. But there will be one on the general election ballot November 8th.

Eureka College history professor Junius Rodriguez was chosen last month by a group of county party leaders in the district, which stretches from Springfield to Peoria to the Mississippi River and also includes parts of McLean County. Rodriguez has toyed with running for the post in the past, but decided against it.

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The House has overwhelmingly approved a five-year, $305 billion transportation bill that boosts highway and transit spending. The measure assures states that federal aid will be available as they plan major projects. Congressman Rodney Davis touts the $7.5 billion dollars for Illinois and the $668 million increase for the state over the life of the bill. He's also pleased with efficiency measures in the legislation.

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Central Illinois Republicans Darin LaHood and Rodney Davis joined all but two Republicans in the House and 47 Democrats in voting for a bill that would pause the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in response to the Paris attacks. WGLT's Washington Correspondent Hanna Gutmann has the story.

Despite the president's threatened veto, the House passed the measure with a veto-proof majority.

Transportation Leader Weighs In On Highway Funding

Oct 13, 2015
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Speaking in Normal, the President and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association says he's confident Congress will agree on money for the Highway Trust Fund. Michael Melaniphy says it's an issue that Democrats and Republicans can support.

Authorization to spend money from the Highway Trust Fund will run out on October 29 if no action is taken. The deadline is a result of a three month extension passed last July.

On the topic of infrastructure, Melaniphy said about 15 other countries rate higher than the US.  

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Ray LaHood spent more than two decades in Congress and served another 4 1/2 years as President Barack Obama's first Secretary of Transportation. Next month, his book, “Seeking Bipartisanship: My Life in Politics” is being released.

He spoke in Normal Wednesday to the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association state conference. But before that, he stopped by the GLT studios to discuss transit funding, politics and life after governmental service with WGLT's Willis Kern.