News Coverage: Congress


October 20, 2011 @ 3:30 AM

Watchdog: Jackson Jr. Likely in the Clear

Chicago News Coop/

A reopened investigation into U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s 2009 quest for a Senate seat is not expected to put him in the hot seat, according to a Washington, D.C., watchdog group that once named the high-profile congressman to its “most corrupt members of Congress” list. 

August 04, 2011 @ 2:12 AM

FAA furloughs hit Chicago, DuPage County


After battling over the debt ceiling, Congress went on vacation, and left some work unsettled. Without an agreement on funding for the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency was forced to furlough more than 4,000 employees across the country.

July 28, 2011 @ 10:23 AM

Walsh accuses Sun-Times of running ‘hit piece’ on his back child support troubles


Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Thursday said a Chicago Sun-Times article about his ex-wife suing him for back child support was a “hit piece” but that his financial troubles do not erode his credibility as an outspoken opponent of government spending in the congressional debate on raising the debt ceiling.

June 02, 2010 @ 6:42 AM

Kirk treads dangerous line on Navy service

Mark Kirk

Mark Kirk's campaign this morning released a praise-laden statement from Kirk's former Navy boss. 

It's another effort to stem the tide of damaging publicity that has the GOP Senate candidate on the defensive.  Read more...

June 01, 2010 @ 12:20 PM

County Board approves Arizona boycott, then awards contract to Arizona company

Calling an Arizona law aimed at finding illegal immigrants un-American, Cook County commissioners today approved a resolution boycotting the state and giving the board power to end any contracts with vendors located in the state.

But in a quick turn of events, commissioners then approved a contract with a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that will supply red-light cameras in the Cook suburbs. Read more...

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