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Thursday had all the makings of deja vu for the U.S. House’s farm bill draft: immigration concerns, uncertain Republican votes and a wall of Democratic opposition to changes in the main federal food aid program.

In the end, the chamber avoided a repeat of May’s failure, when members of the conservative Freedom Caucus wanted to deal with immigration first. But the farm bill passed Thursday — narrowly, 213-211. Still, 20 Republicans voted against it, as did every Democrat in the chamber.

U.S. REP. ROGER MARSHALL'S OFFICE

Held up over disagreements over federal food stamps, the first draft of the 2018 farm bill arrived Thursday, bearing 35 changes to that program, including starting a national database of participants.

Growing Signs that Some Charges Against Aaron Schock are on Shaky Ground

Feb 28, 2018
Cass Herrington

Growing sympathy for defense arguments, seeming confusion within the team of federal prosecutors, and a disgruntled judge are among the signs that key portions of the corruption case against former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) might be at risk of unraveling.

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For years, Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) has been trying to get legislation passed that gives local governments in rural Illinois a better shot at disaster aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Now the 13th District Congressman said he might finally have his chance. 

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President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress for the first time  Tuesday evening at the Capitol. The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs.

T.J. Carson

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL) recently started her third term by taking on a bigger role in her party. She is one of the three co-chairs of the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee.

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Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Jonathan Ahl

The newest member of Congress has not decided who he will support for Speaker of the U.S. House.  Darin LaHood (R-IL) said he wants to hear from everyone interested in the job before making a decision.

State Senator Darin LaHood (R-Dunlap) has won a special election to replace disgraced former Congressman Aaron Schock.

Library of Congress

A grand jury is taking testimony as part of a federal investigation into former Congressman Aaron Schock's (R-IL) expenses.

Wiki Commons

After last week’s midterm election, Washington’s Republican leaders imagine their future as “Interstellar.”

Remembering Lane Evans

Nov 10, 2014
Friends of Lane Evans

Family, friends, and former colleagues and co-workers said goodbye Monday to Lane Evans.

AFSCME Local 31

Lane Evans passed away Wednesday night after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.  He was 63.

The men running to represent northeast Missouri in Congress will have to be ready for some serious windshield time if elected.

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As flags unfurl, fireworks explode, and independence celebrated this week, patriotism seems absent from many corporate boardrooms, and an effort to encourage America-first business with roots in west-central Illinois lies dormant since being introduced eight years ago.

One year from this week – on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 – people will vote on all 435 Representatives in Congress, a third of the 100 U.S. Senators, and dozens of governors, and labor is choosing where to use its resources.