| Apr 22, 2013
| 9:25 AM
The U.S. Senate minority's squelching of debate and votes last week on any meaningful legislation to reduce gun violence has unfortunately become the rule, not the exception.
Not much can get done in the Senate under the tyranny of the minority, when it...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 10:42 AM
A scrum of reporters gathered outside Sen. Joe Manchin's office Tuesday afternoon waiting for any sign of movement on his embattled background checks amendment while inside he met privately with negotiating partner Sen. Pat Toomey and former Rep. Gabby...
| Oct 23, 2012
| 5:17 PM
Just four days before the election, Republican Mitt Romney's backers will hold a fundraiser in President Barack Obama’s hometown to buy last-minute TV airtime in the remaining battleground states, a source close to the campaign said Tuesday.
| Feb 28, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Roosevelt University students and faculty are leading a letter-writing campaign to urge U.S. Senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk to combat violence by pushing for more counselors, not armed police, in Chicago schools.
More than 15 Roosevelt students,...
| Nov 4, 2012
| 6:21 PM
Sen. Mark Kirk climbed more than three dozen flights of stairs in Willis Tower during a fundraising event Sunday, but his staff declined to say when the senator will return to Congress following a major stroke.
Kirk’s climb, his first public...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 8:47 AM
Sen. Mark Kirk climbed more than three dozen flights of stairs in Willis Tower during a charity event Sunday, but his staff declined to say when the senator will return to Congress following a major stroke.
Kirk’s climb, his first public appearance...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 6:37 AM
CHICAGO -- When Zac Vawter put his mind to climbing the 103 floors of Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, his legs did the rest.
Even the one that isn't human.
The Seattle resident scaled the skyscraper's stairway heights on Sunday thanks to what the...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 3:35 PM
Candidates in a trio of competitive suburban congressional contests spent the day before the election making the traditional round of train stations, diners and local businesses in a final search for votes.
In the nationally watched 8th District,...
| Nov 7, 2012
| 6:12 AM
WASHINGTON -- Republicans held on to their House majority in Tuesday's election, leaving Democrats well short of the net gain of 25 seats they needed to take control.
"The American people have once again given the House of Representatives to Republicans,...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 4:52 AM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. remained away from the House Monday, skipping three votes despite returning to the nation’s capital from the Mayo Clinic, where he was treated for bipolar depression.
Lawmakers returned Monday from a five-...
| Jan 21, 2012
Edward Derwinski, who represented Chicago's south side and adjoining suburbs in Congress for nearly a quarter-century before becoming the nation's first secretary of Veterans Affairs, died Sunday of cancer at a nursing home in Oak Brook, Ill., his...