Politics and Government

Politics and Government

Trump nominates UI law grad as U.S. attorney for C-U's district

SPRINGFIELD — President Donald Trump has nominated a University of Illinois College of Law graduate to become the next U.S. attorney for the Central District of Illinois.

Judge orders review of pipeline's path after Neb. regulators change route

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. State Department to conduct a more thorough review of the Keystone XL pipeline's proposed pathway after Nebraska state regulators changed the route, raising the possibility of further delays to a project first proposed in 2008.

Spalding Park project's budget overage not necessarily sign of things to come

CHAMPAIGN — Is a $254,000 budget overage for Unit 4's Spalding Park project — one of the first in the district's massive referendum package — a sign of things to come?

District officials say it's not as simple as a yes-or-no answer.

Bullying just as prevalent in senior-living centers as in schools

CHAMPAIGN — Bullies don't just lurk in school corridors and on social media. Sometimes, they're in senior-living facilities spending their golden years picking on their neighbors.

Take it from Andrea Butler, the resident coordinator at Round Barn Manor senior apartments in Champaign. She has seen senior-to-senior bullying there and elsewhere, and the impact it has on the victims.

AP Fact Check: Trump overstates his role in black job gains

EDITOR'S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

UPDATE: Davis staffer arrested in incident at opponent's campaign event

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SPRINGFIELD — A staff member for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis’ campaign has found himself out of a job and facing charges after allegedly punching a man at a Springfield tavern where a campaign event was being held for Davis’ Democratic opponent.

Jury deliberations underway in Manafort fraud trial

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Jurors began their deliberations Thursday in the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who prosecutors say earned $60 million advising Russia-backed politicians in Ukraine, hid much of it from the IRS and then lied to banks to get loans when the money dried up.

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan's Shiites mourned their dead and held funeral services Thursday, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the horrific suicide bombing in Kabul that targeted a Shiite neighborhood the previous day, killing 34 students.

Brennan: Trump worked with Russians and now he's desperate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel's investigation.

Judge orders women to begin defense in assassination

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia (AP) — Two women on trial for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother were told Thursday to make their defense after the judge found evidence of a "well-planned conspiracy," extending their murder trial until next year.