Shooting Star
(Phil Terzian/AP)
May 23, 2014

New Meteor Shower May Be Huge, Starts Tonight

The nation could be in for a big show late Friday night as a new meteor shower makes its way across the skies. And—you don’t have to travel far to see it. 

May 23, 2014

Shimkus Calls For VA Sec. Shinseki to Step Down

Illinois 15th Dis. Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) says he considers Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki a personal friend whom he respects. But Shimkus says Shinseki needs to step down, amid allegations of delayed treatment and deaths in the V-A’s health system.

Tea Party activists rally in front of the U.S. Capitol in June 2013.
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
May 23, 2014

Is The Tea Party Finished?

The time has come for us all to take a long, step-back look at this thing we call the Tea Party.

Both senators in Maryland — where the Washington Redskins play — signed on to a letter urging NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to get the team to change its name.
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
May 23, 2014

Senate To NFL: Change The Redskins’ Name

The United States Senate ratcheted up the pressure on owner Daniel Snyder on Thursday after a letter — signed by half the Senate — was sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to use his authority to get the Washington Redskins to change a team name that many consider racist.

Scales of justice and gavel
AP Images
May 22, 2014

Probation Services Will Decrease If Income Tax Drops

The Illinois legislative session is set to end May 31st, and the votes needed to make the current income tax permanent are lacking. The possible tax decrease would damage state probation services. 

May 22, 2014

Amendment Seeks To Preserve Health Alliance Retiree Contracts

An area senator wants area retirees to keep Health Alliance as their Medicare Advantage provider. Mike Frerichs’ (D-Champaign) amendment would let those on Medicare Advantage remain on Health Alliance, which was dropped last year by the state for those retiree contracts, despite being the low bidder.  

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