Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Paxton's huge flag likely to be installed on PBL district property

PAXTON — Paxton-Buckley-Loda school board members directed Superintendent Cliff McClure to work with Fire Chief Denny Kingren to find a suitable location on school district property for the placement of a 150-foot pole that would fly a gigantic American flag.

Student guide to Governor's Mansion released

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner is releasing an online student and curriculum guide for learning about the newly renovated Governor's Mansion.

Trump's new Africa strategy takes aim at China, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday announced a sharp refocus of its Africa strategy to counter what it called the "predatory" practices of China and Russia, which are "deliberately and aggressively targeting their investments in the region to gain a competitive advantage."

AP exclusive: Iran hackers hunt nuke workers, U.S. officials

LONDON (AP) — As U.S. President Donald Trump re-imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran last month, hackers scrambled to break into personal emails of American officials tasked with enforcing them, The Associated Press has found — another sign of how deeply cyberespionage is embedded into the fabric of U.S.-Iranian relations.

Congress approves $400 billion for farmers, forests, poor

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of debate and negotiation, Congress voted final approval Wednesday to a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.

Investment board says Airbnb West Bank action is illegal

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Illinois officials say that Airbnb's ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank violates state law.

The Investment Policy Board 's vote Wednesday followed Gov. Bruce Rauner's request last month. He sought a review of Airbnb's decision to remove 200 participating properties in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

UPDATE: In plea deal, Russian woman admits to being secret agent

UPDATED AT 12:50 P.M.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian woman accused of being a secret agent admitted Thursday that she conspired to infiltrate the American gun-rights movement to gather intelligence on conservative political groups as Donald Trump rose to power.

Maria Butina, 30, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a deal with federal prosecutors.

British leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

BRUSSELS (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May was seeking a Brexit lifeline from European Union leaders Thursday after winning a no-confidence vote among her own Conservative lawmakers at home — a victory won only after she put a time limit on her leadership.

Southwestern states close to sealing drought deal

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River for drinking and irrigation water are getting closer to finalizing an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to enact in 2020, officials said Thursday.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has now been abandoned by two of his most powerful protectors — his longtime lawyer and the company that owns the National Enquirer tabloid — bringing a perilous investigation into his campaign a step closer to the Oval Office.

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