LaHood, Emanuel push for expanded insurance program
Rove has little to say about Obama
OBAMA BEGINS    The road ahead is hard - but not impassable
Democrats blast Bush's budget
Detainee policy questioned

Lawmakers criticize Bush for not visiting hardest-hit Illinois towns
President's words on alternative fuel praised by ethanol producer
Illinois lawmakers split along party lines on health care, Iraq
Obama fights off reports he went to Muslim school
Rumor debunked by CNN, AP

Convicted lawmakers would lose pensions
Obama's record is firmly partisan
Corn growers back revenue safety net
Obama's first step
All in a Day's Work
Illinois Democrat gives response to president's address
LaHood supports Bush plan for Iraq
Durbin, Obama against sending more American soldiers to Iraq
'It's a pretty awesome feeling'

Pentagon report notes concerns
Area projects in jeopardy as earmarks frozen
Durbin: Inaction by Congress hurts Illinois
City native named C-SPAN co-president
Shimkus, Hastert rapped on page case
Hare prepares to join House
Peoria shoeshine man praised in Senate
Lawmakersí reactions mixed on Iraq report
George's place gets update

LaHood defends decision to probe leak
Former Chicago officer Terrance Gainer named top cop in U.S. Senate
Illinois losing clout in D.C.

LaHood letter fuels partisan dispute
Who gets special-interest money?
Report: Durbin rakes in cash

Shimkus testifies on Foley
Shimkus to appear before panel today
Shimkus demands Durbinís apology
LaHood's plan criticized
Shimkus blasts back at questions about Foley
Hastert rejects demands to quit
LaHood: Program 'should be terminated'
Hastert, Shimkus defend actions

Defense Departmentís wind farm report is a lot of huff and puff
Spending bill likely to pass this week
183rd's new mission still unknown
Bielfeldt Foundation increases donations
House shines light on earmarks
LaHood seeks broad immigration reform plan
After burying her husband in her hometown of Morton, mother takes hold of 'big job'
Manual High School graduate says she will never forget images she saw at the Pentagon
Peorian leaves Washington, D.C., area following attacks to raise daughter
Memorials may help families cope
Obama, Durbin obstruct nominee

Peoria area scores high in gifts to troops
Durbin in forefront of fight to stop estate tax cut

JULY 2006
LaHood plans trip to Mideast 
Illinois a winner in FutureGen competition
Durbin, Obama want ruling on state's use of wind farms
Veto a problem for moderates, independents
LaHood urges Israel to show restraint
Senate to take up plan for locks, dams
Durbin urges Gitmo's closing after tour
Durbin visits Guantanamo Bay prison

JUNE 2006
House approves increase in justice assistance grant
$1 million for presidential library, museum
Task force sees few improvements in domestic security
Blagojevich, Daley present wish lists
LaHood defends earmarked project Says money for technology center would create jobs
Lawmakers disclose assets
LaHood 'prediction' targeted terrorist
Wind farm supporters charge politics
A triumphant send-off
Senators press EPA for details on toxics

MAY 2006
Congress, Bush at odds on farm aid
Guard to play support role
Power name of game on Capitol Hill 
Illinois representatives respond to immigration proposals 
Lawmakers call for action 
Meeting with CIA nominee fails to placate Sen. Durbin
Peoria's LaHood backs Hayden
Davlin seeks aid in D.C. 
Ethics bill clears House by 4 votes 
House panel honors retiring representative 
Senators push for vote on water bill

APRIL 2006
LaHood departs for India
Lawmakers defend earmarks for state
Public service or quid pro quo? 
LaHood: Earmarks good for district 

Feds release al-Marri documents 
Evans leaving legacy as defender 

MARCH 2006
Evans endorses longtime district aide
Bush declares Sangamon County disaster area 
'It doesn't seem very real yet' 
Disaster declaration made
Evans announces retirement 
Shimkus, others not allowed close-up view of ballot count 
Lobbyist working for Shimkus PAC resigns
Obama carries a tune

Planners seek $100 million for Lincoln bicentennial
Illinois lawmakers say Cunningham 'bribe menu' may fuel reform effort
Lincoln statues in need of help
Cellini named to Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Plan may mean 1,000 fewer state guardsmen
Caterpillar founder to be honored
Budget a mixed bag for Illinois 
Madigan speaks out on cell privacy
Bush's ethanol ideas well received 
LaHood: Electing Boehner sends message of reform
Lawmakers split on address
Soldiers get close-up view of speech 

'Vision' rhetoric will highlight speech 
Pair of senators pledges to challenge all earmarks 
Durbin says Republicans have 'misplaced priorities'
Report restates strains on military
LaHood reduces ties to lobbyists

Obama, Durbin say 'no' to Alito 
Shimkus PAC's treasurer a lobbyist 
Sen. Durbin fails to corner Alito on abortion issue
Durbin challenges Alito on abortion, civil rights

MGP reaches air pollution settlement
Republicans reject farm relief funds
Bush says spying is needed to guard U.S.
Democrats assail wiretaps
Wounded Iraq veteran plans House bid 
National All Kids proposed 
Federal-state flu pandemic plan in the works
At rest among heroes 

Duke's two sides: a good ol' boy, yet childlike outbursts
Congress approves funds for Lincoln tourism project 
Federal money rolls into Peoria 
Lawmaker wants to be U.S. attorney 
Water projects, museum get funding 
Sen. Obama takes a stand on lead paint regulations 
Senators say Guard needs more equipment
Durbin softens on court nominee 
Illinois rakes in farm aid 

Amendment aims to shield seniors from identity theft 
Durbin not celebrating 
Congress refuses to stop base closings
LaHood: Charges could be bad for Bush, Republicans
Sox win gets poetic response 
Reps. Shimkus, LaHood support end to pay hike 
Students improve slightly in math 
LaHood votes against refinery bill 
Durbin wants to know more about Miers 
Shimkus directed to refund $1,000 in campaign funds
Rep. Shimkus promotes oil refinery bill 
Marine takes helm of Joint Chiefs
LaHood opposes environmental changes 

Durbin makes deal on health-care coverage 
Senators criticize cruise ship deal 
Route 66, Illinois River Road gain scenic status
Durbin, Obama oppose Roberts 
LaHood battles to save Illinois Guard unit 
Bush signs off on base closures 
Speech offers hope to evacuees, not to presidential image 
Durbin urges Roberts to clarify positions on civil rights and privacy rights 
Patrolling New Orleans 
BRAC sends its proposals to president 
Rep. Shimkus explains decision to drop term limit pledge 
Redpath aiding rescues
Action at last 
Durbin, Obama criticize federal response to hurricane
Durbin calls for stepped up scrutiny of Roberts
Binding up a regionís wounds
God is good'
Headway i'n Mississippi
Gillespie native hurries clothing to victims in Biloxi 

183rd losing its jets 
Sen. Bema makes first foreign trip
Governor makes final plea to spare Illinois bases
Illinois senators criticize recess appointment
Debate over Lincoln Memorial balances security and symbolism
Air Guard dispute dismays panel

JULY 2005
Energy bill to boost ethanol
Farmers can receive aid
LaHood says Patriot Act extension lacks safeguards
High-stakes battle builds over asbestos

Davlin argues 183rd jet transfer in D.C.
Durbin: Roberts should face questions squarely

Illinois river project stands to get billions
Durbin to press for answers on abortion

Air Guard cuts questioned
Officer: Court must end BRAC flap

Senate approves trade agreement

JUNE 2005
Opinion on Guard bases sought
Senate energy bill contains goodies for Illinois
Illinois lawmakers split down party lines on effectiveness of president's speech
Durbin to talk to veterans at convention
$1 billion shortfall in budget for vets' health
VFW accepts Durbin apology
Farmers wait for energy bill
Springfield youth lobbies Congress for diabetes research funding
LaHood: Trips not on U.S. taxpayers
Diesel emissions passes Senate
Durbin apologizes
Durbin sorry for 'misunderstanding'
Critics blast Durbin for remarks
Sen. Durbin discloses travels to Hawaii, Italy
Services are held for Bloomington FBI agent
Pentagon: There is life after jets
Springfield speller out of Scripps national bee
C-a-b-e-c-e-r-a trips LaSalle speller

Local student set to spell by intern Kelly Bennett

MAY 2005
Spelling champ ready for limelight
Shimkus opposes limiting women's roles in combat
Fight to keep F-16s here continues
VA official provides benefits report
Lefkow: Protect judges
Durbin, Davlin meet with BRAC commissioner
Brac panel voices concern about Guard and Reserve cuts
City to lose F-16s
Rep. Weller denies link to troubled lobbyistVA official provides benefits report
Illinois lawmakers describe evacuation
Tax information can be misleading
Base-closing committee starts meeting this week

APRIL 2005
LaHood says he gave Hastert blunt advice on ethics 
Pentagon: No veto on Guard bases
Governor advocates Capitol Avenue project
VA secretary to meet with Illinois veterans May 20
Lesson plans come first
Panel: Judges deserve more protection
LaHood among lawmakers who visited China

MARCH 2005
Bush names base closing members
Sen. Durbin traveling to Middle East during break
Injured 233rd soldier fitted with artificial limb after amputation
Shimkus undergoes open-heart surgery for genetic condition
Obama's staff combines experience, enthusiasm
Obama seeks middle ground
State's youngest representative
Veteran appeals for benefits for 'warriors'
Roads bill includes money for central Illinois
Sens. Obama, Durbin blast Bush plan impact on blacks
Bill would give central Illinois road projects millions

Blagojevich chairs Midwest Governors Conference
Galesburg guard members finish training, prepare for Iraq
A different battle
Sen. Durbin tries out a new routine
Bush: Cut domestic programs
Illinois farmers and veterans to be hit hard by proposal

Controversial NIU prof will stay
Sen. Obama creates fund-raising PAC, plans to help mayoral candidates in spring
Term 2 begins
Illinois band gets a look at history and more
Notre Dame students shiver for a glimpse of Bush
Central Illinoisans head to Washington to support 'our guy'
Peoria-area residents find inauguration to be hot ticket
Bigger, Brighter, Bolder
Durbin's new digs

Army Corps reaffirms Illinois & Mississippi River plans
Safety of drug imports questioned
New driver's license rules meant to deter terrorists
Obama gains book deal

Report says Illinois, other states lag on bioterror efforts
Fitzgerald will retire with record of reform
Bielfeldt suit largest in recent state history
Bielfeldt family sued for millions
Obama big hit in D.C.

LaHood and Shimkus oppose intelligence reform measure; Evans supports

Summit offers glimpse of second-term diplomatic agenda
Obama meets with Bush, Fitzgerald
Congress approves $13 million to design lock expansion
Farm aid up in Illinois last year
Federal funds to benefit local agencies
Congress OKs zoo, museum funds
Durbin pledges to help Obama obtain committee assignment
Obama gets oriented in the Senate
Prison guard fights 'poverty of the spirit'
Madigan defends drug-sniffing dogs before high court
Obama must work his way up in Senate
Durbin considers bid to move up in leadership

Former Republican congressman urges Bush's defeat
Bush signs $136 billion tax-cut bill
Illinois house members rake in campaign funds
Wild cards
New members named to Bielfeldt Foundation
Young voters show interest in election
No holds barred

From Taylorville to Capitol Hill
Sen. Jon Corzine a key fund-raiser for Democrats

Upper Midwest Democrats await spark from Kerry
Partisan divisions grow in Congress
Another photo finish?
Wisconsinites are working
Entering the battle zone
Kerry holds small lead in Michigan
Missouri reflects national standings
Ohio's a kingmaker
The Keystone State


JULY 2004
LaHood raps intelligence plan; Durbin supports it
Obama to give keynote address
'Can-do' spirit earns engineers attention
Bielfeldts modify foundation

JUNE 2004
GOP leaders exhale in relief
Republicans question Ryan's future
Cat persuaded to back phaseout of export subsidy
Senators release financial records
LaHood blasts Ryan's 'bonehead campaign'
Eurekan helps plan state funeral
Cat praised for school bus project
LaHood shocked at Tenet's timing
Which senators are good Catholics?

MAY 2004
'In their honor'
Memories flood back to Peoria-area veterans
Local vets in D.C.
Senators push forward lock expansion plan 
LaHood: Bush is 'hanging tough'
Chambers' members rub elbows with high-profile speakers
Durbin: Pentagon will finally beef up Bartonville Chinooks
EPA finalizes diesel rules
Durbin: Abuse 'will haunt us for generations'
Half of Illinois unit's Humvees lack armor
Chinooks lack advanced missile defenses

APRIL 2004
River project will move forward
Bartonville-based reservist fired rifle as he fled ambush
Experts see a moment of truth
Reactions to Rice predictable
Thomas Skinner promoted within EPA by president
House approves $275 billion transportation bill

MARCH 2004
State bids for clean-coal plant
Base closure report poses threat to Guard, Reserve stations
Critics of Corps of Engineers pursue reforms in Congress
Ready to come home
Deaths from asbestos lead to push for ban
Memo case to be sent to Justice
A changing of the guard in Fallujah
Into the hornet's nest
Panel: Ex-Senate staffers stole memos
For the 233rd, what a long strange trip itís been
Michel lauded for service

Illinois couple challenges federal ban on import drugs
Blagojevich pushes drug plan in D.C.
Washington conflicted over same-sex marriage
Governor: Hastert has 'Illinois on his mind'
Debate on road funds headed to collision
Durbin accused of leaking information
Bush budget leaves out river projects
Risky business
Ricin slows senators' workday
Local Guard facility part of Bush budget

Durbin wants more done to ensure food safety
LaHood stands by vote to invade Iraq
Senate OKs bill funding central Illinois projects
American, United to cut O'Hare flights
Hootin Howard down
Illinois lawmakers show partisan reaction to speech 
Back from Iraq
National exposure
233rd suffers first serious injury
Durbin asks why it took so long to confirm mad cow case
State rated average in safety laws

FDA to ban ephedra sales
Pentagon tells how it will decide
Senator and Ryan had their moments
Changes proposed in train whistle ban
LaHood praises efforts of military
Panel criticizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers again over lock and dam project
Delayed spending bill affects central Illinois
Voice of integrity stilled
Bush ends 2002 tariffs on steel in face of EU trade war

Part 4 / Dealing with change
GOP aide punished for leaking Durbin file
Part 3: Living with a lie / Some immigrants sacrifice their identities to stay in America
Part 2 / Conquering the great divide
Beardstown / Reflection of a changing America 
Rep. LaHood proposes federally designating area to honor Lincoln
Energy bill vote blocked
Fitzgerald says he will vote for energy bill
Senator: Bill 'last chance' to increase ethanol use
Durbin to vote against energy bill
Bush's trip spurs outcry in London
Negotiators agree to $1.2 billion for Amtrak
Army orders defense systems for all helicopters
Guard says it told Army of copters
Galesburg Guard funds OK'd
Congress pledges $2.2 million for Illinois River watershed
Durbin questions if copter properly equipped
Choppers lack defense system 
Federal lawmakers urge ban on ephedra products
Guard member says helicopters lack defense
Capitol Hill services for Corinne Michel
House passes death penalty reforms
DOD: Copter had  anti-missile system
LaHood wants to protect Illinois military bases
Governor's projected prescription drug savings disputed
Ethanol provisions bog down energy bill
233rd-trained unit stopped attack

Presidential library funds clear hurdle / House, Senate negotiators agree to send $5 million
Congressmen reject Durbin's pay plan for National Guard, reserves
Hooters girl' trades hot wings for Humvee
Agency heads visit capital 
Exercising leadership
Serving together
A woman's PLACE
Congress scrambles to revamp tax policy
Guard members make the best of a bad situation
Daily Operations
Iraq trip strengthens Shimkus' support for aid
Lawmakers compromise on bill for access to DNA testing

ADM to contribute to world food program Project 
Group calls Cat a 'war profiteer'
Drug plan strongly opposed
Fitzgerald opposes Air Force lease plan
Political leaders from Illinois react along partisan lines
Park district lauds House vote on trails
Durbin recoils at Iraq spending 
Farm aid down in Illinois last year
Panel wants farm subsidies tightened
Foundation loses millions under Bielfeldts
Futures market can be extremely perilous
Corn trades get Bielfeldt fined, maybe suspended

IRS slaps $70 million lien on Bielfeldt

JULY 2003
Durbin gives support to measure targeting mentally ill offenders
Nancy Brinker quits Hungary ambassador post
$2 million approved to restore watershed
Federal funding coming up short
Senate committee OKs cash for Knox
Bob Michel recognized for service

JUNE 2003
Durbin, Fitzgerald vote for senior drug benefit
Lincoln Bicentennial Commission extended
Marshall, Stark counties added to metro area
Donation to Shimkus opens campaign finance debate
Local lawmakers disclose financial reports
Pilot's mom opposes promotion
Voters get glimpse at finances of leaders
A changing of the Guard 
Studies expose risks to diesel operators from emission effects
Senate OKs ethanol plan
Renewable energy bill fuels ethanol debate

MAY 2003
Housing debate
Scorpion's crew still mourned
Health experts gear up for virus threats
West Nile repeat predicted
Anti-terrorism training comes at high cost
LaHood skips tax-cut vote -- Congressman has important dinner
commitment in Peoria

Blagojevich, Daley meet with Illinois delegates
Illinois to get $50 million for homeland security

APRIL 2003
EPA proposes rules for diesel
State seeks federal funding increase
Central Illinois native is Tomcat pilot in the war
Maytag taking 800 Illinois jobs to Mexico
ADM settles pollution charges
Abe statue unveiled in Virginia
Local sailors help keep Constellation on mission
Burning ethanol
Local stars aboard USS Constellation

MARCH 2003
A nose for news / Newseum exhibits are accessible while new facility is built
Island project suffers setback
Health commissioner tours command post
State to receive funds to fight bioterrorism
LaHood helps change budget bill
Area lawmakers seek project funds
Durbin raps Bush diplomacy, backs troops
Bush's Iraq comments stir storm in Mexico
LaHood calls for gas inquiry
Red Alert: Panic, then protection

Congress sends cash for projects this way 
State to fight revisions to Clean Air Act
Ethanol backers gear up in Congress
Peoria's D.C. lobbyist struggles with funding
Capital on edge, but life goes on
Peoria-area projects in hands of Congress
Local lawmakers agree time running out
Planning begins for Lincoln bicentennial
President tells nation to pray for guidance
Budget includes military buildup

LaHood to chair subcommittee 
Making a case 
Peoria couple puts human face on Bush's argument for changing Medicare 
Leader may be lured by higher post 
Death row decision hard to gauge 
President solicits input on Clean Water Act 
Bush plan likely to be revised by lawmakers
Springfield man on front line of war on terrorism 

Fitzgerald backs Frist to replace Lott 
Fitzgerald backs Lott
EPA will crack down on factory farms' waste 
Durbin says 9-11 report blunt in faulting intelligence
Blagojevich meets with governors

Illinois officials rap eased air rules 
Congress approves kid-friendly Web area / Special domain will keep content safe

Army economist attacks river project 
Ethanol measure shelved for year 
In winning re-election to U.S. Senate, Durbin will return with Republicans in control 
Bush rally moved to Armory 
Tickets to see president available to public today 

GOP sends out Bush tickets 
Evans says Iraq resolution would hurt war on terror 
Parents urge ban on herbal stimulant 
Tonkin Gulf vote remembered 
Durbin works for resolution he can support 
Durbin wants sales of dietary aid to end 

Widow seeks normalcy for children
More than a memory

Lawmakers offer no guarantees against future attacks
West Nile vaccine may be available in three years 
Shimkus aides: Pull ads about Enron 
Decatur TV station pulls ad criticizing Shimkus
Illinoisans in Congress cautious on Iraq 
Air Guard leaders under scrutiny 
Shimkus aides: Pull ads about Enron 
U.S. war effort at a crucial crossroads in Afghanistan 
Congress' actions could hurt health care 

New York still 'hurting' from terror attacks 

Diesel engine debate revs up -- Caterpillar faces millions in
clean-air penalties

JULY 2002
Incumbent matchups may determine control of House 
Lawmakers propose rebate to benefit Cat 
House votes overwhelmingly to expand Chicago's O'Hare airport 
Durbin study: Destroyed gun-purchase records may pose public threat 
Death penalty bill moves forward 
House unexpectedly strikes down O'Hare expansion plan 
EPA urged to delay clean-air rules to aid Caterpillar 
Pilots not the only focus of probe 
Military faces opposition over bid for relief from environmental laws 
Election-year anxieties play in Yucca vote
Durbin expected to vote for nuclear waste site 

JUNE 2002
U.S., Canada agree on blame 
Springfield native to direct Red Cross
Congress pressures Bush to keep Amtrak on track 
Congressional hearings focus on death penalty reform bills 
Illinois lawmakers welcome new Cabinet-level department

MAY 2002
Chatham speller stumbles 
Chevelure' spells end of line
A speller's reason to bee 
Gainer named Capitol Police chief 
Gainer in line for U.S. Capitol police chief 
Shimkus to present NATO plan in Bulgaria 
Acela Express an Amtrak success 
House passes bill creating kids domain on Internet 
Fitzgerald, Durbin split on aid for retired workers 
LaHood upbeat on House passage of bill 
Canadian board requests interview with pilot 
President signs $190 million farm bill; subsidies increased 
Lincoln tree tale doesn't ring true, experts find 
Guard official: 183rd trained with equipment 
Senate approves Miller as U.S. attorney for Central District 
Senate passes farm bill 
House approves resolution of apology to Canada over bombing 
House OKs subsidy-rich farming bill 

APRIL 2002
ĎA hell of a joltí 
Veteran pilot to co-chair bombing inquiry 
Jim Ryan visits Washington for campaign aid 
Guard pilots defended as able 
Bombing accident to be probed 
Committee approves bill for $4.6 billion a year in Amtrak aid 
Durbin seeks standards for driverís licenses 
Congress lobbied on locks 
Caterpillar, facing deadline, urges delay for cleaner diesel engines emission standards

MARCH 2002
Transportation officials consider airline crews 
Steel makers, buyers disagree on tariff 

LaHood bows out of House GOP whip race 
Gov. Ryan seeks more health-care funds 
Democrats: Shimkus backpedaling on campaign finance reform
Irradiated mail arrives slowly, smelly 
OíHare expansion plan to go to House for vote 
Piece of a Lincoln favorite to live on 
Durbin, Fitzgerald back cap on subsidies
Reagan's boyhood home designated national historic site 
Lawmakers say proposal to cut state project money won't

Illinois stands to lose $250 million in highway funds 

Illinois Democrats praise Bushís poise
LaHood says Mideast crisis worsening
Amtrak council OKís plan to privatize rail lines

Durbin says he boycotted meeting with Arafat 
LaHood will travel to Middle East 

Shimkus counters Democratic radio ad with one of his own
LaHood vying for majority whip post
Rep. LaHood considers leadership race
Sen. Durbin: Bin Laden video leaves no doubt about his guilt
Railroads plan retirement reform
White House opposes Democratic farm bill
Railroad pension vote looms
Study: Risk of mad-cow disease is low in U.S.

Bush jabs Senate farm bill
Airport explosive-detection devices underused, spot check finds 
Senate candidate Cox aims to change image
Senators want legislation to cut off diamond trade linked to al-Qaida

LaHood one of seven Republicans to vote against package
Illinois lawmakers take precautions in offices
Presidential library gets $8 million from Congress
House OKs $170 billion farm bill
House rejects shifting farm funds
High speed rail debate continues
Bush won't support farm bill

Fitzgerald shows support for displaced airline workers
Conservation funding meets opposition

Attacks leave farm funds in limbo
U.S. mulls takeover of airport security
Emphasis on farm aid shifts to conservation
Local man headed to Yemen
Farm aid divided among few

Senate confirms former Springfield resident as ambassador to Yemen
Brinker to resign from Komen post
Committee OKs Hull's nomination as Yemen ambassador
Committee OK's Brinker's nomination as Hungary ambassador

JULY 2001
Illinois' take up for grabs in farm bill
Levy case doesn't deter D.C. interns
Senate panel approves only $5 million for library
House bill introduced to create clean coal

JUNE 2001
House buoys river restoration
Bush follows tradition in awarding ambassadorships
Those in career foreign service take different path
House panel OKs $10 million for presidential library
Politics played a major role in ethanol decision
House panel earmarks money for river, ag center

MAY 2001
Extra 'e' end of bee for Springfield speller
Peoria native cajoles Congress for White House
Weighty word knocks Roanoke speller out
Chatham's 'king' bee advances to round 2
Roanoke whiz hopes to sting competition
Glenwood student heads to national spelling bee
Peoria native in line to be ambassador to Hungary
Jeffords move could reverse fortunes of Illinois senators
Energy plan does too little on ethanol, Illinois farmers say
Durbin urges creation of inspector to provide more oversight of FBI
President pins promotion on Shimkus
State police seek help from Congress
High energy costs driving up farm expenses