US Airways jet takes off as an American Airlines jet is prepped for takeoff
(AP Photo/Matt York, File)
February 14, 2013

American Airlines, US Airways To Merge

The merger of American Airlines and US Airways, to be formally announced Thursday, caps a turbulent half-decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the U.S. airline industry and leaves travelers four big carriers to choose from.


February 13, 2013

Dillard a “No” on Same Sex Marriage

The Illinois Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday on a bill (Senate Bill 10) legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. State Sen. Kirk Dillard (R-Hinsdale) says he will not be voting for it.


February 13, 2013

AFSCME Wants Violent Cons to Stay Put

The union representing Illinois correctional workers is demanding a stop to what it says is the transfer of violent maximum-security prison inmates to less-secure lockups.


February 13, 2013

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon Won’t Seek Re-Election

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn will have to pick a new running mate for his re-election campaign. Sheila Simon said on Wednesday that she doesn’t want to be lieutenant governor any more.


Linda Frank and Deb Frank Feinen
(Courtesy of Deb Frank Feinen)
February 13, 2013

Politics in the Family: Linda Frank and Deb Frank Feinen

Linda Frank and her daughter, attorney Deb Frank Feinen are both Republicans, with decades of political experience between them. Frank recently retired after serving five terms as Champaign County Circuit Clerk, while her daughter Deb serves on the Champaign City Council.


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Former Congressman Tim Johnson (R-Urbana)
(Sean Powers/WILL)
February 12, 2013

Politics in the Family: Tim Johnson

You can find family businesses in any number of walks of life – third generation doctors, plumbers, lawyers, architects, accountants – you name it. Not surprisingly, the same could be said for politics. Former Congressman Tim Johnson is the product of a family political tradition reaching from his grandparents to his own grown children.


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February 11, 2013

North Korea Says It Has Conducted 3rd Nuclear Test

North Korea successfully detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at a northeastern test site Tuesday, state media said, defying U.N. Security Council orders to shut down atomic activity or face more sanctions and international isolation.


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