| Jul 7, 2014
| 5:05 AM
During much his two terms as a U.S. senator, in the 1980s and early 1990s, Alan Dixon was the locally minded counterpart to then-Sen. Paul Simon, always angling for the best deals for Illinois.
He was known as “Al the Pal” for his...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:56 AM
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl appeared "drugged" and "very weak" in a Taliban video shown to senators Wednesday during a classified briefing, the administration's most broad-ranging consultation with lawmakers after a controversial prisoner swap.
| Jun 19, 2014
| 4:59 PM
WASHINGTON — There were multiple factors in the defeat of Illinois’ Peter Roskam at the hands of a Louisiana lawmaker in his bid Thursday for the GOP’s third-ranking job in the House of Representatives.
Southern lawmakers were keen for...
| Jul 11, 2014
| 1:52 PM
WASHINGTON — After Republican Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday that 429 unaccompanied minors from the Mexican border crisis were in Chicago and urged they undergo criminal background checks, he drew fire today from an immigrant-rights group and...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 9:56 AM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says he is being “consistent” by refusing to state his position on marriage equality.
Is this consistency part of his master plan of consistently refusing to state his positions on pension...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 7:16 PM
The White House struggled Wednesday to quell a political storm in Congress over the trade of five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and to repair relations with Democratic and Republican lawmakers outraged over the lack of consultation.
| Jun 11, 2014
| 5:35 PM
On the same day the Senate passed a bill that would provide additional support to the troubled Veterans Affairs department, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said he was impressed with the acting VA secretary’s answers on how long wait times and alleged...
| May 9, 2014
| 12:18 PM
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and several other members of Congress called on Pres. Obama Friday to demand that France not deliver a pair of helicopter carriers to Russia.
The letter went out Friday, ahead of a planned visit next week from French Foreign...
| May 12, 2014
| 10:48 AM
WASHINGTON — In a memoir released today, former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner takes a shot at Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois for "delusional" fears when Kirk purportedly warned officials in China not to buy U.S. Treasury securities or other U.S....
| Apr 3, 2014
Letters to the editor from Arlington Heights, Wilmette, Rolling Meadows and Morton Grove.
Mark Kirk's backing
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., took an oath of office to serve the citizens of Illinois. He did not take an oath to serve as a lap dog for...
| Apr 10, 2014
Julie A. Brady, a prominent figure in Illinois Republican politics, worked as a volunteer at the state level for several candidates and was an early supporter of the GOP's 2008 presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain.
The wife of former Illinois...