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Daniel Bush of PBS Newshour examines what was known, and what was new information, during last week's U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Part of a national protest will take place in Benton on Sunday to oppose the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.

President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to fill the seat after Justice Anthony Kennedy retired. The senate confirmation hearing is scheduled for September 4th.

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The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois and the Women United Network are holding a vigil on Saturday.

It'll be a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The NPT was signed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and to work towards nuclear disarmament.

The House Committee on Veterans' Affairs Thursday passed legislation designed to reform hiring for Human Resources positions at VA facilities.

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Southern Illinois' two republican congressmen back President Trump's new Supreme Court nominee.

In written statements, Murphysboro's Mike Bost says Judge Brett Kavanaugh is highly qualified and will interpret the U.S. Constitution in the spirit of the Founders.

Collinsville's John Shimkus says Kavanaugh is exactly the kind of judge needed on the Supreme Court because he bases decisions on the Constitution and the rule of law.

The White House has issued an executive order that purports to end the separation of children from their parents at the border.

U.S. Rep. Bost Says Separating Families at Border is Not New

Jun 19, 2018

A southern Illinois congressman says the Trump administration policy of separating parents from children at the border is not new policy.

The Murphysboro republican says the Obama administration policy also carried out the practice.

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Media aboard Air Force One say President Donald Trump told them Thursday he is considering commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's sentence.

Reaction from Illinois Congressional Delegation to President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran Nuclear Deal falls mainly along party lines.

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The International Foodservice Distributors Association recognized southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost.

Bost is a recipient of the 2018 Thomas Jefferson Award. The bi-annual award recognizes legislators whose voting record indicates strong support of policies that enable the U.S. foodservice distribution industry to create jobs, expand, and contribute to their local communities.

Illinois State Sen. Kyle McCarter’s nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to Kenya comes at a time of challenges for the African nation.

School Safety Measure Passes U.S. House

Mar 15, 2018
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A bill aimed to protect students from school shootings passed the U.S. House this week.

The STOP School Violence Act would place emergency buttons in the classrooms. They would be similar to those used at banks in case of a robbery.

Illinois Congressman John Shimkus says President Trump’s plan to put a tariff on steel and aluminum imports could have widespread effects.

Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost has introduced a measure to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to veterans.

President Donald Trump delivers his first State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Collinsville republican U.S. Representative John Shimkus says he hopes the unpredictable president will focus on the policy issues at hand and deliver a more traditional speech.

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For years, Illinois 13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has been trying to get legislation passed that give local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. Now, the Taylorville Republican says he may finally have his chance.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin criticized Republicans on Thursday for rushing to deliver a sweeping overhaul of tax laws before Christmas—a package that the senior Illinois Democrat says gives too much away to wealthy Americans and large corporations.

Congressman John Shimkus says people with a state permit to carry a concealed weapon should be allowed to carry their guns in other states.

Shimkus co-sponsored the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, or H-R 38. It says people authorized to carry a concealed weapon in their home state can do so in any other state --- even if that state’s concealed-carry law is stricter.

“because you received a lawful license in your state.”

Downstate Congressman John Shimkus will help negotiate the final version of the Republican tax reform bill.

Shimkus, who represents much of east-central and southeastern Illinois, will be part of the conference committee that negotiates the final tax bill, after the House and Senate passed two different versions.

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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee, where he's expected to face a grilling about the Russia investigation led by Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller as well as a number of other pressing law enforcement issues.

Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is backing an effort to expand background checks for firearms.

Carbondale Celebrates UN's 72nd Birthday

Oct 24, 2017

The United Nations was founded in October of 1945, in the aftermath of World War Two.  Dr. John Jackson, of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, says the Organization has some good accomplishments to its credit, but, also has more work to do.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner says athletes who are protesting during the National Anthem are insulting the country.

Rauner’s most recent disclosure of where all his money comes from shows he’s a part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bulls.

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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.

Several of Illinois' Democratic candidates for governor are calling for president’s Trump’s impeachment. But the state’s senior U-S senator, Dick Durbin, isn’t going there — yet. It began last week with a statement from candidate J.B. Pritzker, who says impeachment is necessary to “preserve our democracy.”
That sentiment was echoed by fellow candidates Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and state Sen. Daniel Biss, from Evanston.

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The Obama Presidential Center will not be a part of the presidential library network operated by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The Chicago Tribune reports the move will free the Obama Foundation from amassing an endowment equivalent to 60 percent of the construction cost.

A state senator from southern Illinois has been recommended as the next U-S ambassador to Kenya.

The seven Republicans in Illinois’ Congressional delegation sent a letter to President Donald Trump … saying Republican state Senator Kyle McCarter would be a good candidate for the job. McCarter has done charity work in the east-African country for decades.

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The Trump Administration launched missiles at an airbase in Syria, the area believed to have released a chemical attack earlier this week.
 
John Jackson with the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute said what Trump did was *not* legal - because he acted without the approval of Congress.

Trump Meets Netanyahu (Annotated)

Feb 15, 2017
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This week, the public will get an important glimpse of the relationship between the U.S. and Israel, when President Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House for the first time.

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A professor at the SIU School of Law says he believes President Trump's nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court will fit in nicely with the other eight members on the nation's high court.

Assistant professor Ed Dawson says Neil Gorsuch has the sort of resume you'd expect for a nominee to the Supreme Court.

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