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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Thursday he’s opposed to President Trump’s plan to impose new tariffs on Mexican goods as a way to reduce illegal immigration.

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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.

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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.

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The two Republican congressmen who represent Bloomington-Normal voted Wednesday against a bill that advocates call the most significant gun control measure in more than two decades.

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House Democrats on Thursday approved a plan to re-open the government without funding President Donald Trump's promised border wall.

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The House on Wednesday easily passed the farm bill, a massive legislative package that reauthorizes agriculture programs and food aid.

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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.

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UPDATED 4:05 p.m. | Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan conceded Wednesday in her closely watched race against U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis after it became clear his 2,700-vote lead would hold.

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Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan debated Monday for the last time before Election Day, accusing one another of lying about who’s funding their campaigns, whether pre-existing conditions will be covered, and who really benefits from the tax cuts.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
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Republican U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan both want to know where each others’ loyalties lie—to their campaign donors or the residents of the 13th Congressional District?

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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
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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.

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The federal government’s top mass transit official stopped in Bloomington on Friday to tout $12 million in grants won by Connect Transit and other Illinois agencies which she says will help chip away at the country’s aging fleet of buses.

Betsy and Rodney at their podiums
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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.

Rodney and Betsy at podiums
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A broadcast debate in Urbana between the candidates for Illinois’ 13th Congressional District seat covered issues that ranged from healthcare to preventing gun violence.

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With weeks to go until the midterm election, Democratic congressional candidate Betsy Dirksen Londrigan rallied her base during a recent stop in Bloomington-Normal.

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Congress was unable to pass a new farm bill before the 2014 version expired at midnight on Sunday.

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The U.S. House passed Tax Reform 2.0 on Friday that includes a resolution (H.R. 6760) from U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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Bloomington-Normal’s transit system will receive a $6 million federal grant to buy electric buses and support construction of a new downtown transfer center, officials announced Thursday.

Rodney Davis talks to steelworkers
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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.

Sharon Chung gives out candy
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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

Rodney Davis speaks
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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.

Rodney Davis speaks to reporters
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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.

farm field
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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.

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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.

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