The jury is in on Madigan — even if the Democrats refuse to see it

State Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, opens the House Special Investigating Committee hearing in Springfield. | Ted Schurter/The State Journal-Register via AP The real question is how long the rest of their Democratic colleagues will continue with the charade. Madigan needs to go.   A trio of Illinois House Democrats dug in their heels, buried their […]

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Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to close the American Embassy in Baghdad within weeks if Iraqi leaders fail to prevent Iranian-backed militias from firing rockets at the compound, three U.S. officials said. The move would place U.S. diplomats out of harm’s way but could jeopardize years of efforts to both stabilize […]

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Early voting off to shaky start in Philadelphia: Report

Early voting kicked off in Philadelphia on Tuesday where residents in the key battleground state were met with problems at the polls. Voters who arrived at centers early Tuesday morning had to wait hours to cast their votes, according to a report from The Philadelphia Inquirer. Delays were allegedly triggered by problems with the voter database, […]

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Cuomo presses NYC to clean up its act, hinting at National Guard assistance

Gov. Andrew Cuomo threatened to slash state funding to New York City if it doesn’t increase efforts to tamp down on crime and clean up trash in the midst of a pandemic, even offering to send in the National Guard to help. CUOMO SWIPES DE BLASIO FOR CRIME: ‘WE HAVE A PROBLEM IN NEW YORK CITY’ The […]

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Pennsylvania court strikes down law protecting gun manufacturers from lawsuits

A state appeals court in Pennsylvania declared the federal law that protects gun manufacturers from certain lawsuits unconstitutional on Monday in a victory for gun-control proponents that would allow the family of a 13-year-old boy who died in a 2016 shooting accident to move forward with a lawsuit against Springfield Arms and Saloom Department Store. The […]

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Ohio demands General Motors pay $28 million for shuttering Lordstown factory

Ohio officials ordered General Motors to repay $28 million in state tax credits after it shuttered a factory it promised to keep open for three decades. The state’s Development Services Agency says the Detroit auto giant broke the terms of 2008 economic-development deals by closing its Lordstown plant in March of last year — a […]

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Pritzker to self-isolate after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

Gov. J.B. Pritzker | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times file The staff member, who was not identified by state officials, tested positive for the virus Monday after initially testing negative for the virus last week during weekly testing, according to Pritzker’s office. Gov. J.B. Pritzker will self-isolate for 14 days after a member of his staff tested positive […]

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Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Al Ahmed Al Sabah dies at 91, half brother to take over duties

Kuwait’s Emir, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, has died at the age of 91, state media reported Tuesday morning. He is expected to be succeeded by this 83-year-old half-brother and crown prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed. Sabah has ruled the oil-rich Gulf Arab state since 2006 and has overseen its foreign policy for more […]

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Poll: Virginians about evenly divided on Confederate statues

In a state where Confederate monuments have stood for more than a century and have recently become a flashpoint in the national debate over racial injustice, Virginians remain about evenly divided on whether the statues should stay or go, according to a new poll. The poll conducted this month by Hampton University and The Associated […]

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Gun control group dodges guns in swing state ad campaign: report

The nation’s largest gun-control group dodged guns entirely in a new swing state ad campaign that abandons the group’s core issue to focus on health care. Documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon show Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, supported in large part by donations from billionaire Michael Bloomberg, is funding ads that assail Republicans on health care rather than gun control. The ads target state-level politicians […]

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Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that’s led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort to overturn the measure on the November ballot. Democrats in the […]

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Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that’s led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort to overturn the measure on the November ballot. Democrats in the […]

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Sex ed mandate sparks bitter Washington state ballot fight

Democrats in the Washington state Legislature thought they had passed a routine sex education requirement for public schools earlier this year. But a coalition of Republicans and religious conservatives launched a swift, historic backlash that’s led to a bitter partisan fight and an effort to overturn the measure on the November ballot. Democrats in the […]

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Kentucky lawmaker: ‘Rioting’ needs a new legal definition

A state lawmaker says she will propose changing Kentucky’s legal definition of rioting after Democratic state Rep. Attica Scott was charged with a felony rioting count while participating in Louisville protests for racial justice By The Associated Press September 28, 2020, 12:10 PM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article LOUISVILLE, […]

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Federal appeals court halts Wisconsin ballot-counting extension

Handing a momentary victory for Republicans and President Trump in a state expected to play a major role in this year’s presidential election, a federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election. As it stands, ballots will now be due by 8 p.m. on Election […]

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Pompeo to give keynote at conservative Christian event in Florida one month before election day

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is slated to speak to a conservative Christian group in the all-important swing state of Florida, just one month before the presidential election between Joe Biden and President Donald Trump. He will be featured as the main guest at the Florida Family Policy Council’s Anniversary Gala on Oct. 3, to celebrate the group’s […]

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ENDORSEMENT: Karina Villa for Illinois Senate in 25th District

The Sun-Times endorses Karina Villa, currently a state representative, for Illinois Senate in the 25th District. | Rich Hein/Sun-Times No matter people’s political persuasions, they will find a good listener and responder in Villa, who is currently a state representative in the district. When a group of conservative-leaning women visited Democratic state Rep. Karina Villa’s […]

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Texas: Does Biden actually have a shot at winning? The answer is a tossup.

Texas has 38 electoral votes. In 2016, Trump won the state by 9.0 percentage points. In 2020, it’s rated Lean Republican. HOUSTON — It’s been a long time since a Democrat won Texas in a presidential race. “Disco Duck” ruled the airwaves and “All the President’s Men” was all the cinematic rage the last time […]

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North Carolina: An empty campus says a lot about the state of the race.

North Carolina has 15 electoral votes. In 2016, Trump won the state by 3.7 percentage points. In 2020, it’s rated a Tossup. CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — I have visited this charming college town too many times to count over the years, sometimes to cover campaigns and more often for fun. But I’ve never seen Chapel […]

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Trump plans visit to Minnesota next week — what’s at stake

President Trump is planning a visit next week to Minnesota, a state he lost to former 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016. Trump is expected to hold a rally at Duluth International Airport at 5 p.m., according to local news outlet the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The president has stepped up his campaign efforts in Minnesota, […]

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College football roundup: Kansas State rallies to stun No. 3 Oklahoma

Skylar Thompson passed for 334 yards and ran for three touchdowns, and Kansas State rallied from 21 points down to beat No. 3 Oklahoma 38-35 on Saturday. Freshman Deuce Vaughn caught four passes for 129 yards and ran for a touchdown for the Wildcats, who were coming off a season-opening loss to Arkansas State. It […]

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Arizona: A Donald Trump Jr. event is full of people and conspiracy theories.

Arizona has 11 electoral votes. In 2016, Trump won the state by 3.5 percentage points. In 2020, it’s rated Lean Democratic. CHANDLER, Ariz. — More than 800 people lined up early on Tuesday morning to see Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, and Charlie Kirk, the 26-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, speak at […]

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Michigan: Enthusiasm runs high as early voting begins.

Michigan has 16 electoral votes. In 2016, Trump won the state by 0.2 percentage points. In 2020, it’s rated Lean Democratic. DETROIT — Sharletta Johnson is not one to curse, but she made an exception Thursday morning, the first day Michiganders could begin dropping off absentee ballots with local clerks. “The last four years have […]

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Pennsylvania: In a county Trump flipped, Democrats seek voters willing to flip back.

Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. In 2016, Trump won the state by 0.7 percentage points. In 2020, it’s rated Lean Democratic. WILKES-BARRE, Pa. — Democrats are hoping to reverse Mr. Trump’s resounding win four years ago in northeastern Pennsylvania’s Luzerne County, but they have a mountain to climb. Luzerne was one of only three Pennsylvania […]

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