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National parks in Illinois and across the nation may be a step closer to getting much needed repairs.

The House Committee on Natural Resources has approved the Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act (HR 6510), which would use revenue from energy production on public lands to address the $11 billion maintenance backlog at national parks.

Wednesday's deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida fell on the tenth anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, that killed five students and wounded 17 more.

The two democratic candidates hoping to unseat longtime republican Congressman John Shimkus are going before voters this weekend.

Carl Spoerer of Mahomet and Kevin Gaither of Charleston have agreed to participate in a candidate's forum.

An Illinois pediatricians’ group is calling on Congress to reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.

Jenny Pinkwater is executive director of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She says the CHIP program helps children of the working poor.

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The shooter at the GOP congressional baseball practice this morning was from the Metro East.

The Belleville News Democrat reports two days ago, 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of Belleville posted an angry tweet about President Donald Trump on Facebook. He also worked on Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year.

President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress

Feb 28, 2017
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President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 8PM Central Time.

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Vice President Joe Biden has sworn in Tammy Duckworth as Illinois' new U.S. senator at a ceremony in Washington.

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller talks with U.S. Representative Bill Enyart (D-Belleville).

A southern Illinois Congressman has introduced a bill to assist disabled veterans.

Democratic leaders in southern Illinois have chosen Belleville attorney Bill Enyart as the party's next nominee in the race for the 12 District Congressional seat.

The Belleville News Democrat reports that Enyart was the unanimous choice of the 14-member panel, which interviewed seven candidates on Saturday.