U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)
J. Scott Applewhite/ AP
June 14, 2017

After Shooting, Davis Calls For Move Away From 'Hateful Rhetoric'

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) was at the plate Wednesday, during an early morning batting practice of the Republican Congressional baseball team, when he heard a loud noise that he did not immediately recognize as a gunshot. Davis says the noise sounded to him like a large piece of metal being dropped at a construction area, although they weren’t at a construction area, but at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. The noise was followed by someone else on the field shouting, “Run, he’s got a gun!”

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Demonstrators outside the Champaign office of U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville).
Jim Meadows/Illinois Public Media
June 02, 2017

Protesters Return for Rodney Davis’ Office Hours In Champaign

About 75 protesters showed up at Congressman Rodney Davis’ Champaign office Friday afternoon for his “office hour” meetings with constituents. The turnout was smaller than the Taylorville Republican’s round of closed-door meetings with individuals and small groups three weeks ago. But the demonstrators made enough noise, chanting “Town Hall!” “Bring Rodney Out!” and other slogans, that the congressman’s office neighbors complained.

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Wikimedia Commons
April 28, 2017

Soldier From Bloomington Killed In Attack In Afghanistan

The military says a 22-year-old soldier from central Illinois has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense released a statement Friday saying Sgt. Josh Rodgers of Bloomington was among two soldiers killed this week as a result of small arms fire in Nangarhar Province. Rodgers' family pastor, Paul Thomasson, tells the Pantagraph newspaper the family was notified of his death Wednesday.

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