The 21st Show

Politics News Roundup - October 13, 2023


Our weekly politics roundup recaps the latest from Washington and Springfield. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve Scalise has ended his bid to become House speaker after failing to secure the votes to win the gavel. Scalise told GOP colleagues at a closed-door meeting late Thursday of his decision. Next steps are uncertain as the House is essentially closed while Republicans try to elect a speaker after ousting Kevin McCarthy from the job.

Capitol News Illinois - Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Director Marc Smith will resign effective Dec. 31, he told colleagues in an all-staff town hall meeting Wednesday morning. For years, critics had called on Smith to resign or be fired, amid legislative hearings, contempt citations, a murdered child protection investigator and the highest number of children who died after contact with the agency in 20 years. 


Linda Kenyon

Illinois Public Media Washington, DC Reporter

Hannah Meisel

Capitol News Illinois

Beth Hundsdorfer

Capitol News Illinois