| Oct 13, 2014
| 2:10 PM
It's no secret that our 2012 endorsement in the 8th Congressional District was in part a vote of "no confidence" in the bellicose freshman incumbent, Republican Joe Walsh. On key issues such as the need to cut spending or reform Medicare and Social...
| Sep 26, 2014
| 6:36 PM
Two years ago, Illinois Democrats parlayed a new political map they drew and the final appearance at the top of the ticket by President Barack Obama to sweep out four Republican congressmen and reverse some of the losses suffered in the 2010 election that...
| Sep 19, 2014
| 9:56 AM
A new federal policy aimed at making it easier for members of the general public with no aviation background to embark on careers in air traffic control would be reversed under legislation proposed in Congress on Friday.
The Safe Towers Act,...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 4:38 PM
WASHINGTON -- Fifteen of the 18 House members from Illinois voted today in favor of the federal budget deal, which passed 332-94.
One Illinois Democrat voted no and two others skipped the vote.
The two who did not vote were Reps. Bobby Rush and...
| May 27, 2014
| 5:12 PM
Twenty-nine members of the U.S. House sent a letter to the head of the Federal Aviation Administration over the holiday weekend complaining about a “lack of transparency’’ in the agency’s new off-the-street hiring policy for air-...
| Jun 13, 2014
| 7:37 AM
Chronic fatigue at airport towers and government radar facilities that direct planes is still a major threat to safety, three years after a “sleeping controllers’’ scandal spurred the Federal Aviation Administration to focus on evening...
| 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 11, 2014
| 3:48 PM
WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam is likely to run for the third-ranking spot in GOP House leadership, according to Rep. Randy Hultgren, one of his Illinois colleagues.
“He’s letting people know that if there’s an opening for the...
| Aug 6, 2013
Wednesday's print column Emcee: Are you going to be on your best behavior? Crowd: No! This moment, from an NPR report on last weekend's Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kickoff for political campaigns in Kentucky, was yet another illustration of......
| Aug 2, 2013
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Dec 3, 2011
| 6:46 PM
Freshman Republican Rep. Joe Walsh said today he’ll decide on Monday which congressional district he’ll seek re-election from next year.
Walsh, a tea party favorite from McHenry, had his home drawn into the new 14th Congressional District...