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The head of the McLean County Republican Party says Democrats should have focused more on unifying the country in President Donald Trump's final days in office, rather than pursing a second impeachment.

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Hundreds of Republicans in Congress have declined to acknowledge that President-elect Joe Biden is indeed the president-elect. President Trump himself continues to falsely claim he won the election, even as he seriously considers launching a bid for 2024.

Rodney Davis
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Monday he is “pretty pessimistic” that a deal on more coronavirus relief is imminent, though if it happens he wants assistance for small businesses and airlines to be front and center.

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Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan is making a final push for college students to support her at the polls.

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Two central Illinois congressmen headed to Washington, D.C. this weekend for a special session said it’s not the reason they think they should be going.


Illinois election officials are raising concerns over pulling off the November election, given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Connect Transit

Bloomington-Normal's public bus system will get an additional $8 million for a planned downtown Bloomington transfer center.

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said he's not ready to support an extension of COVID-19 jobless benefits as businesses reopen. The current benefits expire at the end of July.

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.

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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.

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Ashley Phelps

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said Monday the coronavirus aid package which stalled in the U.S. Senate would provide much-needed help for small-business owners who face uncertain times.

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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.

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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.

Cheri Bustos walking in front of U.S. Capitol building
Susan Walsh / AP

The woman tasked with getting more Democrats elected in Congress next year feels the party is well positioned to win a Central Illinois district that's long been in Republican hands.

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Eric Stock / WGLT

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis talked with Transportation Security Administration officers in a visit to Central Illinois Regional Airport on Monday to assess the impact of the recent partial federal government shutdown.

JB Pritzker speaks in Bloomington
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More and more money from outside McLean County—and even Illinois—is pouring into local campaigns with just weeks to go until the Nov. 6 midterm election.

Monday was the deadline for local, state, and federal candidates to report their third-quarter fundraising totals (for the period ending Sept. 30) with the Illinois State Board of Elections and Federal Election Commission. Here’s a closer look at the races GLT is watching:

Davis vs. Londrigan

Candidates in the race for Illinois’ 13th Congressional seat squared off in the first of four debates in Springfield on Monday. Recent polling has suggested the race could be close between Republican incumbent Rodney Davis and Democratic challenger Betsy Dirksen Londrigan.

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Susan Walsh / AP

Vice President Mike Pence will make a stop in Springfield this week, raising money for incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis.

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The Labor Day parade in Bloomington had some unusual elements this year.

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.

Rodney Davis and Matt Drat
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The agency that runs the Jefferson Street Community House in west Bloomington said its programs and events have attracted more than 500 visitors in its first year.

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President Trump announced Tuesday that he has decided to exit a 2015 multinational agreement in which Iran agreed to limit its production of nuclear weapons material.

Rodney Davis speaks
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Even as mass demonstrations continue pushing for new laws to curb gun violence such as the Florida shooting, a central Illinois congressman said he does not see a need for major new curbs on guns.

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One of the most closely watched races in Tuesday's election will be the Democratic primary for the 13th Congressional District.

A Bloomington-based nonprofit will be able to help more young people avoid or escape from sexual exploitation thanks to a new $194,000 federal grant.

A lawyer from southern Illinois is leading the money race among Democrats looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District next year.

Merlin Mather

State Rep. Carol Ammons has announced that she will not run for Congress.


A seventh Democrat has announced plans to challenge Republican Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District.