| Jul 18, 2014
With a Sunday deadline approaching, Iranian and Western negotiators likely will agree on one thing: They need more time to reach a deal on Iran's rogue nuclear program. Six months wasn't enough.
President Barack Obama has signaled that he will likely...
| Jul 20, 2014
It should come as no surprise that Democrats are looking to women voters for help this fall and plan to use the Hobby Lobby decision — and an assault of women's reproductive rights generally — as part of their rallying cry. In a meeting Friday...
| 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...
| 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...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 2:51 PM
The U.S. Senate today confirmed the appointment of a veteran federal prosecutor to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Manish Shah, who is chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office,...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:35 PM
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy's apparent grip on the race to become the new House majority leader has set off a contentious battle to replace him as the third-ranking Republican, testing ideological and geographic loyalties as the party's most...
| 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...
| 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 5, 2014
| 3:00 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 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...