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Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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Twenty years ago, Adam Kinzinger was a college kid navigating the politics of the McLean County Board, pushing for fiscal discipline, evening meeting times, and merging the Bloomington Election Commission into the county clerk’s office.

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The Wisconsin National Guard has decided an Illinois congressman who serves as a guardsman did nothing wrong when he criticized Gov. Tony Evers' decision to withdraw troops from the U.S. southern border.

 Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Bloomington-Normal native and Illinois State University alum, blasted Evers on Twitter and on Fox News last week for ordering Wisconsin National Guard troops to leave Arizona.

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A spokeswoman for an Illinois congressman who doubles as a Wisconsin National Guard pilot says he shouldn't face any discipline for criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for withdrawing troops from the U.S. southern border because he was off duty when he made his remarks.

Adam Kinzinger stands at a podium.
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Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois has been deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit. 

Kinzinger's communications director, Maura Gillespie, posted on social media Wednesday that the congressman was deployed earlier this week and is on active duty as a lieutenant colonel. She says Kinzinger will stay within the U.S. during the border mission. Kinzinger has written on his website that he is committed to strengthening border security and better enforcing immigration laws.


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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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At least two significant demonstrations were sparked Tuesday in Bloomington-Normal after President Donald Trump's decision to wind down a program protecting young immigrants from deportation.