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Democratic Illinois Officials Applaud Passage of Federal Stimulus

Mar 11, 2021

Democratic state officials in Illinois applauded the final passage Wednesday of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion federal relief package, which includes billions of dollars in aid to cash-strapped state and local governments.

The “American Rescue Plan” passed the U.S. House on Wednesday, 220-211, largely along party lines. No Republicans voted in favor of the bill while only one Democrat voted against it. The White House has indicated that Biden plans to sign the bill Friday.

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The Senate Homeland Security Committee is holding a hearing examining the security failures that led to the breach of the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Watch the proceedings live.

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Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol.

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Former President Donald Trump is on trial for a second time in the Senate. This time, the House has impeached Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump's defense team denies he directly called for violence and argues that he should not be tried since he is no longer in office. The House impeachment managers say he must be held accountable for the violence at the Capitol.

Watch the proceedings live. Trial to begin at 12 a.m. CST

SCOTUS Declines to Hear Janus’ Lawsuit Seeking Union Dues Reimbursement

Jan 26, 2021
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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a case Monday that sought to compel public employee unions to reimburse nonmember employees for mandatory fees which the court ruled as unconstitutional in 2018.

The case was brought by Mark Janus, a former Illinois government employee whose original lawsuit resulted in the landmark 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision, “Mark Janus v. American Federation for State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31.”

Senate Update from US Senator Dick Durbin.

Jan 22, 2021
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Illinois' senior Senator Dick Durbin says he supports President Biden's ambitious efforts to control the spread of COVID-19, including the goal of administering 100 million doses of the vaccine in 100 days.  Durbin also supports the President's order requiring masks  be worn in all federal buildings.

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Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost released a brief statement following the inauguration of democratic President Joe Biden.

A group of U.S. lawmakers announced the reintroduction Tuesday of the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act

The bill was originally authored by Senator Dick Durbin. It passed in the House but failed in the Senate. In the wake of the recent attack on the Capitol, Durbin said addressing the hazards of domestic terrorism is a bipartisan issue.

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WASHINGTON – Angry supporters of President Donald Trump have stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power. They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory. Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave. Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.

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The federal courthouses in the Southern District of Illinois will generally be closed to the public until further notice, except for special settings.

Chief District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel says the additional restrictions for the Benton and East St. Louis courthouses are due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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America's veterans will now receive the same annual cost-of-living adjustment as Social Security Recipients.

President Trump Friday signed the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act into law.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding hearings on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Barrett would fill the seat left vacant with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Watch the hearings live.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is being remembered in a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, where she will lie in state in Statuary Hall. Watch the ceremony.

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President Trump is accepting the Republican nomination for president on Thursday. NPR reporters are providing analysis of his remarks live.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 3 of the Republican National Convention. Vice President Pence headlines the night.

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Follow live updates and analysis of Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. First lady Melania Trump headlines the night.

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PBS NewsHour's RNC coverage will be streaming live from 7:00pm to 10:00pm CT from Monday, August 24th to Thursday, August 27th.

PBS NewsHour will stream the program on their Website, YouTube, and Facebook.

August 24, 2020: House USPS Hearings

Aug 24, 2020
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A House committee will grill Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over whether there is any political motivation behind recent service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service right as the agency expects to handle tens of millions of mail in ballots this fall.

House Hearing begins at 9 a.m. CT

On Aug. 3, Zach Matheny’s blood thinning medication was filled at his pharmacy, and sent out for delivery via the U.S. Postal Service. It never arrived at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

August 21, 2020: Senate USPS Hearings

Aug 21, 2020
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The Senate holds the first congressional hearings with Postmaster General Louis DeJoy as complaints about slow mail delivery pile up. Democrats worry that DeJoy's cost-cutting measures could also throw a wrench in increased voting by mail this fall.

Senate Hearing begins at 8 a.m. CT

PBS NewsHour's DNC Coverage

Aug 20, 2020
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PBS NewsHour's DNC coverage will be streaming live from 7:00pm to 10:00pm CT from Monday, August 17th to Thursday, August 20th.

PBS NewsHour will stream the program on their Website, YouTube, and Facebook.

DNC Live Coverage: Thursday, Aug. 20

Aug 20, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is speaking Thursday night.

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DNC Live Coverage: Tuesday, Aug. 18

Aug 18, 2020

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday's speakers include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former President Bill Clinton.

Follow live updates and analysis of the Democratic National Convention. Monday's speakers include Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former first lady Michelle Obama.

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SIU leaders say they're working with others in higher education to get a new rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement changed before the fall semester starts next month.

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WSIU's Brad Palmer talks with U.S. Olympic Hammer Thrower and former Saluki star Deanna Price about the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on her training, the delaying of the 2020 Summer Games and her goals of winning a medal at the games, now set for the summer of 2021.

Illinois' U.S. Senator, Dick Durbin, said the Senate will vote soon on the latest deal to address a nationwide outbreak of COVID-19.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Deekshitha Masani and Bisola Atinsola about SIU's International Festival.

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The Senate is holding a trial on the impeachment of President Trump, who is accused by the U.S. House of abusing his power and obstructing Congress.

Both of Illinois’ U.S. senators voted in favor of a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico.

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