John Shimkus, during an interview with WILL in 2013.
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November 17, 2015

Illinois Republicans In Congress Back Closing Borders To Syrian Refugees

​Republicans in Illinois' Congressional delegation are on board with Governor Bruce Rauner's move to temporarily close the state's borders to Syrian refugees in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris. The state's eight Republican House members are also condemning President Obama's plan to let in 10,000 refugees from that country this year.


Pope Francis is applauded as he arrives to address a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so.
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September 24, 2015

Davis, Durbin Praise Pope’s Address To Congress

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Congressman Rodney Davis agreed with the pope's words before a joint meeting of Congress Thursday.  But they differed over funding for Planned Parenthood.


Adalberto Martinez’s paid a $200 fine for lacking health insurance. But under the Affordable Care Act, he is exempt from the requirement to have health coverage, and from the penalty.
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March 30, 2015

Obamacare Tax Rules Trip Some Immigrants

The deadline’s coming to file tax returns, and aside from the usual headache, this year it’s proving particularly thorny for undocumented immigrants. That’s because, for the first time, there are penalties under the Affordable Care Act for those lacking health insurance


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