Politics and Government

Politics and Government

State help possible for U.S. Steel workers in Granite City

GRANITE CITY, Ill. (AP) — A group of Illinois state lawmakers say they're working to find resources to help more than 2,000 Granite City workers who will be laid off from U.S. Steel.

A day after missing deal deadline, Iran nuclear talks resume

MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press
GEORGE JAHN, Associated Press

Indiana debate exposes Republican divisions

STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — It is a debate many Republicans hoped to avoid.

Tom Kacich: Champaign campaign tops six-figure mark

The four candidates in Champaign's race for mayor have raised a combined $111,344 — at least — easily surpassing the $44,756 raised in the last mayoral contest in 2011.

School board candidate Lee: Central discussion not new

CHAMPAIGN — In six days, Kerris Lee will find out whether he'll keep his seat on the Unit 4 school board — and whether that new-look board will need to keep searching for a future facilities proposal that voters will pass.

Indianapolis Star calls for law protecting gays

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Star is urging Indiana lawmakers in a front-page editorial to respond to widespread criticism of a new religious objections law by protecting the rights of gays.

A look at widely criticized Indiana law on religious freedom

JENI O'MALLEY, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers have been scrambling to control damage from a widely criticized new law that critics fear could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. The state is among about a dozen where measures aimed at preventing government from infringing on people's religious beliefs have been introduced this year.

Ameren to clean century-old contamination at Belleville site

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Ameren Illinois says it will spend $35 million to clean a more than century-old contamination of tar and ash in Belleville.

Fight over religious objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays and lesbians has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure.

Clinton also used iPad for email; mixed personal, work chats

JACK GILLUM, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.