Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Trump says he is 'considering' veto of $1.3 trillion budget

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump cast doubt on whether he would back a $1.3 trillion spending bill needed to avert a government shutdown Friday, saying he was "considering" a veto over concerns about young "Dreamer" immigrants and border wall money.

The latest: French police kill hostage taker at supermarket

PARIS (AP) — The latest on a shooting and hostage-taking in southern France (all times local):

4:05 p.m.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb has praised the "heroism" of a French police officer who offered himself up as a hostage swap during an attack in southern France and was seriously injured.

Vermilion board chairman balks at replacing housing authority board

DANVILLE — Officials in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development want Vermilion County to promptly appoint new commissioners to the local housing authority board, but county board Chairman Mike Marron is refusing until he has more information behind the lawsuit that prompted all five commissioners to resign on Monday.

Rauner gives preview of new stump speech in visit to Urbana

URBANA — Reaching out to Democrats and independents, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on Thursday gave a preview of the stump speech he's expected to deliver for the next seven months, tying Democrat J.B. Pritzker to corruption, political favoritism, unfair taxes and House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Census update: Pop. 209,399 ... and rising

Champaign County started this century with a population a smidge under 180,000. It's on track to surpass 210,000 by the time the decade is out. Here's more of what we learned from sifting through the U.S. Census Bureau's latest batch of population estimates, unveiled Thursday.

Jim Dey | Judge's dissent on case he calls 'parking while black' could get high court's attention

Asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case usually is a fool's errand — the high court turns down dozens of requests for each one it accepts.

But just maybe a Chicago federal appeals court decision will have enough sex appeal — interesting facts and an impassioned dissent — to get the justices' attention.

Cook County saw decrease in population last year

CHICAGO (AP) — New U.S. Census data show that Cook County saw a drop in population last year but still retained its status as the second-most-populous county in the U.S.

Ex-campaign worker suing Illinois Democratic Party

CHICAGO (AP) — A former campaign consultant for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is suing his political committee and the state Democratic Party, alleging that reporting a top lieutenant for sexual harassment hindered her from advancing in the speaker's organization.

Londrigan moves up on Dems' priority list

WASHINGTON — Two days after her overwhelming win in the five-way 13th Congressional District primary, Springfield Democrat Betsy Dirksen Londrigan's campaign has moved up the priority ladder at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Londrigan got 45.7 percent in Tuesday's primary, with more than twice as many votes as her nearest competitor, Edwardsville attorney Erik Jones.

Trump, Biden trade fighting words

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are in a rhetorical smackdown over who could clean the other's clock in a brawl.