People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 27,2013, to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case.
(Evan Vucci/AP)
February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act

Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday. And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history. Upheld five times by the court, the law now appears to be on life support.


Chuck Hagel being sworn into office
(MC1 Chad J. McNeeley/Office of the Secretary of Defense)
February 27, 2013

Hagel Takes Helm At Pentagon After Bitter Fight

Chuck Hagel took charge Wednesday of the Defense Department with deep budget cuts looming and Republican opponents still doubtful that he's up to the job.


Robin Kelly
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
February 26, 2013

Kelly Wins Dem. Nod For Ex-Rep. Jackson Jr.‘s Seat

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC.


February 26, 2013

Illinois House Republicans Delay Concealed-Carry Debate

A raucous debate over guns got under way Tuesday afternoon in the Illinois House of Representatives. At issue are the restrictions that will be in place as lawmakers comply with a federal court order demanding the state allow people to carry guns in public.


February 26, 2013

U of I President: Sequester Could Hurt Research Funding

University of Illinois officials are waiting to see exactly how the federal budget sequestration will affect their research programs. But university President Robert Easter said they stand to lose $65 million out of their $813 million research budget.


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