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  • new storyLawmakers urge federal agency to build campus in Illinois 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 4:08 pm

    MASCOUTAH, Illinois - Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are appealing to the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in support of Scott Air Force Base's bid to host its new facility.

  • Illinois News Digest 
    Updated: Feb-11-16 2:30 pm

    Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Illinois at 1:30 p.m. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or Herbert McCann is staffing the desk. AP-Chicago News Editor Hugh Dellios can be reached at 312-920-3624 or

  • Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes story has photos
    Updated: Feb-11-16 1:35 pm

    WASHINGTON - Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

  • Senate passes bill to hit North Korea with harsher sanctions story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Feb-10-16 9:56 pm

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, Republican and Democratic senators set aside their partisan differences Wednesday to unanimously pass legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal.

  • The Latest: Obama says 'poisonous' politics a turnoff 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 2:51 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Latest on President Barack Obama's visit to Springfield, where he is addressing state lawmakers about how the U.S. can "build a better politics" (all times local):

  • Conservative opposition threatens criminal justice overhaul 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 6:42 pm

    WASHINGTON - A handful of Senate Republicans on Tuesday dealt a severe blow to prospects for overhauling the criminal justice system in Congress this year, with one lawmaker calling the bipartisan legislation championed by President Barack Obama and some prominent conservatives "a massive social experiment in criminal leniency."

  • Pentagon defends use of Russian engines to launch satellites story has photos
    Updated: Jan-27-16 4:22 pm

    WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials on Wednesday sought to defend the use of Russian-made rocket engines to send U.S. military satellites into space, telling exasperated lawmakers they are moving quickly to end the practice and rely on American-made rockets for the launches.

  • States deal with a variety of issues after historic blizzard story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jan-25-16 3:17 pm

    From getting the most snow to treacherous Monday morning commutes, here's a look at how states along the East Coast are digging out from the weekend blizzard.

  • 22 Senate Dems seek deportation raid halt, break with Obama 
    Updated: Jan-22-16 7:12 pm

    WASHINGTON - Twenty-two Democratic senators asked President Barack Obama on Friday to halt the recent round of federal deportation raids, highlighting anew the schism within the party over the administration's handling of Central American immigrants.

  • Rauner aide blasts university 'cronyism' amid funding debate 
    Updated: Jan-13-16 10:59 pm

    SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - Gov. Bruce Rauner took a shot at "waste" and "cronyism" in public universities Wednesday, telling lawmakers through a surrogate that schools should be more accountable for their spending before the state finds money for tuition grants that Democrats are pushing.