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Bloomington-Normal’s two Republican congressmen said Wednesday that their vote in support of the GOP tax bill will help middle-income earners in Central Illinois, denying that the measure disproportionately benefits wealthier Americans and companies.

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Embattled Republican Roy Moore’s alleged behavior toward teenage girls “disqualifies him” from serving in the Senate, U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood said during a Bloomington visit.

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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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The House on Thursday passed a sweeping Republican tax bill cutting taxes for corporations and many people, putting GOP leaders closer to delivering to President Donald Trump a crucial legislative achievement after nearly a year of failures.

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A local progressive group says it’s strange that some lawmakers are supporting bills aiming to weaken gun regulations in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre.

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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.

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A Eureka College history professor who was handily defeated by incumbent U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood in 2016 is planning another run next year as a Democrat in the 18th Congressional District.

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Progressives in Bloomington Normal made a point of going out in the rain to area Congressional offices to protest the House vote on the GOP healthcare repeal.

The measure passed the house and moves to the Senate, which has decided to work on its own bill and not take up the House version.

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Congressman Rodney Davis said he is not changing his policy of no Town Hall meetings for the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Faculty had offered to exclude media and give Davis questions ahead of time. The Taylorville Republican said during a stop in Towanda that the invitation was political.

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The second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate will host a town hall in Bloomington on Friday and GLT will broadcast the event live. 

Assistant Minority Leader Dick Durbin will host the event 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Westbrook Auditorium in Presser Hall at Illinois Wesleyan University, at 1210 Park St. 

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Congressman Rodney Davis said he stands behind the American Healthcare Act as written, though he expects it to change significantly before passage.

The Congressional Budget Office indicates older Americans would pay much more for coverage than under the Affordable Care Act.

Physician, Congressional Candidate: Fix Obamacare

Mar 14, 2017
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Congressional candidate and emergency room physician Dr. David Gill thinks Obamacare should be fixed, not repealed and the first step is to address insurance company involvement. 

Gill, a Democrat, has announced he's running against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis who represents Illinois' 13th District.  Gill spoke against the GOP's Affordable Health Care Act Tuesday night at a Stand Up For Justice rally on the lawn of the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts.

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The health care replacement bill developed by Republicans and working through House committees on Capitol Hill establishes a starting point for improvements to the U.S. health care system, according to Congressman Darin LaHood (R-18) of Dunlap.

In a GLT interview, LaHood said the process is "complicated and nuanced."

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Local progressive groups continue to pressure 13th district Republican Congressman Rodney Davis and 18th district Congressman Darin LaHood to conduct live town hall meetings during the Congressional recess.  About 40 sign waving people rallied over the noon hour at uptown Circle adjacent to Davis' office Thursday. 

A number of speakers voiced their displeasure with Davis' support of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. 

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Grassroots organizations are popping up in many places trying to oppose the agenda of President Donald Trump. 

Schock Seeks Court Delay

Nov 16, 2016
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Attorneys for former Illinois Congressman Aaron Schock are asking a federal judge to postpone his arraignment on charges alleging he schemed to profit personally from his government job.

In a request to U.S. District Judge Sue E. Myerscough, Schock's lawyers say a Nov. 21 arraignment will interfere with a planned international business trip by the Peoria Republican.


Former Congressman Aaron Schock is being indicted.

That's according to the Peoria resident's attorney.

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Democratic Congressional Candidate Junius Rodriguez is attacking his opponent's judgment.

Rodriguez is running against GOP Representative Darin LaHood in the 18th District, which stretches from Bloomington Normal to Quincy.

Rep. LaHood Supports Trump, Not Trump's Comments

Aug 11, 2016
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Donald Trump continues to receive support from Republicans, despite comments that have been described as racist, misogynistic and divisive. 18th District Representative Darin LaHood said he will support Trump, but he will not defend Trump's comments.

Opponent Urges Rep. LaHood to Dump Trump Support

Aug 3, 2016
Candidate Junius Rodriguez in front of VFW Hall
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While high-level Republicans are blasting Donald Trump daily on national TV, a candidate for the 18th Congressional District wonders why U.S. Representative Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) isn’t doing the same.


Up until last week, Illinois was the only state in the nation that did not have a budget. Now, there’s a partial spending plan in place to help cash-strapped social service agencies and public colleges. It's also good news for the state’s reputation.

Republican Congressman Darin LaHood of Illinois says it’s a relief to have people in Washington D.C. stop asking about the impasse.

“You know, just the perception of Illinois, we need some good news and this is good news for Illinois. We’ve come together, we’ve compromised, we’re moving forward," LaHood said.

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There's a lot Donald Trump says and does with which Congressman Darin LaHood doesn't agree.  He said voters will have a stark choice this November.

When asked during GLT's Sound Ideas, about Trump's response to the Orlando shooting, statements about a federal judge of Mexican descent, and a ban of people of the Muslim faith from entering the U.S., the Illinois 18th District U.S. Representative said "all of those things you mentioned are not necessarily things I agree with, with Donald Trump."

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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.

Junius Rodriguez

There apparently will be a race in November in the 18th congressional district. U.S. Representative Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) will be challenged in November by a Eureka College history professor. Junius Rodriguez says he was chosen by a group of Democratic party chairmen to run against the first-term Republican in the district, which covers Peoria, Springfield, parts of McLean County and extends to far western Illinois.

Rodriguez says one of the key things he wants to do is bring jobs to the district.


The apparent Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump has the apparent support of central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood. During a stop in Bloomington, LaHood (R-Dunlap) said he's standing by his statement that he will support whoever wins the GOP nomination.

Congressman Darin LaHood

Central Illinois Congressman Darin LaHood said the current havoc apparent in the GOP presidential primary is a result of a disenfranchised electorate.

In a Sound Ideas interview with Willis Kern, the Republican from Dunlap said, "I wish the rhetoric and the name-calling hadn't been elevated like it has. It's unfortunate, and I wish we could talk about policy, and I think that's what we need to stick with. But it's part of the democrat process."

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The central Illinois heroin and opioid epidemic has reached the point Congressman Darin LaHood is asking the Obama administration to schedule a federal community forum in the 18th district.

Late last month, LaHood, a Republican from Dunlap, sent a letter to the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. LaHood said the administration has already held two hearings with 10 more to be scheduled.

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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.

Illinois's newest congressman has not decided who he will support for House Speaker. Peoria Republican Darin LaHood says he wants to interview the candidates to find out how they want to move the country forward.

LaHood took office only a month ago. He says Congress needs to pass a budget, a federal highway reauthorization, and a trade agreement that promotes agriculture job creation.

The House Speaker's job became available after John Boehner said he would step down.


The son of former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is the newest House member, replacing a disgraced former congressman in a reliably Republican district in central Illinois. Republican Darin LaHood was sworn in today, and Republicans now hold 247 of the 435 House seats, the most since 1931.