Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Sen. Durbin doesn't plan to seek U.S. presidency

CHAMPAIGN — While many of his Democratic colleagues have thrown their hats in the ring for the White House in 2020, Sen. Dick Durbin said Tuesday that he won't be joining them.

"Some people come to me and say I should run for president," Durbin said. "I went to my wife, Loretta, and she said it's OK if I wanted to. I said there's one condition: She gets to pick the country."

Election 2019 | Retired businessman OK being odd man out in Champaign school board race

CHAMPAIGN — Everyone has a brand.

That includes retired businessman Lee McDonald, now a Champaign school board hopeful.

"I'm a little bit of the grumpy old man down the street," he said. "Maybe I'll be the grumpy old man on the school board."

Election 2019 | Veteran Danville alderman finds it's 'perfect time' to run for mayor

DANVILLE — Two decades-long wishes are coming true this year for Steve Nichols — restoration of the Fischer Theatre and running for mayor of Danville.

State ag director to advocate for rural broadband

MATTOON (AP) — Illinois' new agriculture director says rural economic development and increasing broadband access are among his top priorities.

Lake Zurich park to become arboretum

LAKE ZURICH (AP) — The northwestern Chicago suburb of Lake Zurich is taking a barely used park and turning it into an arboretum.

Dwight approves immigration detention center plan

DWIGHT (AP) — Trustees of a small village southwest of Chicago are moving closer to allowing a private immigration detention center to be built in the area, despite pushback from activists and communities.

N.Y. weighs medication-assisted opioid treatment in all lockups

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Laura Levine says she never smoked a cigarette or touched a drink until age 35. Then the mother of five tried heroin, and she was hooked.

White House foresees long economic boom where others don't

Contrary to the views of most economists, the Trump administration expects the U.S. economy to keep booming over the next decade on the strength of further tax cuts, reduced regulation and improvements to the nation's infrastructure.

AP finds hot records falling twice as often as cold ones

Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associated Press data analysis shows.

New Zealand leader vows to deny accused gunman notoriety

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's prime minister declared Tuesday she would do everything in her power to deny the accused mosque gunman a platform for elevating his white supremacist views, after the man dismissed his lawyer and opted to represent himself at his trial in the killings of 50 people.