Nation/World http://wuis.org en Editor Of Dixon Memoir Remembers The Late Senator http://wuis.org/post/editor-dixon-memoir-remembers-late-senator <p style="margin-bottom: 13px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 22.5px;" xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom" xmlns:apcm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apcm" xmlns:apnm="http://ap.org/schemas/03/2005/apnm" xmlns:o="http://w3.org/ns/odrl/2/"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-size: 14.44444465637207px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Alan Dixon of Illinois has&nbsp;died.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 18:13:47 +0000 Associated Press & Bill Wheelhouse 28709 at http://wuis.org Editor Of Dixon Memoir Remembers The Late Senator Durbin Calls For Russian Troops To Leave Ukraine http://wuis.org/post/durbin-calls-russian-troops-leave-ukraine <p></p><p>U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is condemning Russia for sending military troops into the Crimean region of Ukraine. &nbsp;<br />The Illinois Democrat introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for the troops' withdrawal and a negotiated settlement of any issues involving Crimea. &nbsp;</p><p>Durbin also spoke on the Senate floor about a meeting he held last weekend in Chicago's Ukrainian Village neighborhood. He says he asked community members to gather after church for a conference call with the American ambassador in Kiev. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:13:49 +0000 Associated Press 20258 at http://wuis.org Durbin Calls For Russian Troops To Leave Ukraine Obama Backs Limits On NSA Phone Surveillance http://wuis.org/post/obama-backs-limits-nsa-phone-surveillance <p></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:56:34 +0000 Associated Press 17145 at http://wuis.org Obama Backs Limits On NSA Phone Surveillance Third Party Hopeful In 13th District Congressional Race http://wuis.org/post/third-party-hopeful-13th-district-congressional-race <p>A Springfield man wants to join the race for the 13th Congressional District.&nbsp; Josh Dill wants to run as a third party candidate.&nbsp; He's formed the Lincoln Liberty Party. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:47:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 16814 at http://wuis.org Third Party Hopeful In 13th District Congressional Race 2 Injured, Suspect Dead In Colorado School Shooting http://wuis.org/post/2-injured-suspect-dead-colorado-school-shooting <div class="storytext storylocation linkLocation" id="storytext"><p>A student armed with a shotgun killed himself after opening fire at a Colorado high school, wounding two fellow students, police said Friday.</p><p>Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said the armed student entered the school and said he was looking for a specific teacher. Robinson said another student confronted the gunman and then was shot.</p><p>The Associated Press quotes a hospital spokesman as saying the wounded student was taken into surgery.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:48:55 +0000 NPR News 14980 at http://wuis.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 http://wuis.org/post/nelson-mandela-inspiration-world-dies-95 Nelson Mandela, who was born in a country that viewed him as a second-class citizen, died Thursday as one of the most respected statesmen in the world. He was 95.<p>President Jacob Zuma announced the death in a televised speech.<p>From his childhood as a herd boy, Mandela went on to lead the African National Congress' struggle against the racially oppressive, apartheid regime of South Africa. For his efforts, he spent 27 years behind bars as a political prisoner. Thu, 05 Dec 2013 22:18:47 +0000 Jason Beaubien 14396 at http://wuis.org Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95 Prison "Snafu" Forces Jackson To Spend Night In Hotel http://wuis.org/post/prison-snafu-forces-jackson-spend-night-hotel <p>An attorney for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. says an administrative problem forced the Illinois Democrat to temporarily leave a<br />federal prison where he was trying to begin his sentence early for illegally<br />spending campaign money.<br />&nbsp;<br />The former congressman then spent Monday night at a hotel and reported to<br />prison again Tuesday morning.<br />&nbsp;<br />C.K. Hoffler told reporters in Atlanta Tuesday that she was contacted by Bureau<br />of Prisons personnel and asked to pick Jackson up about two hours after dropping Tue, 29 Oct 2013 22:21:23 +0000 Associated Press 11959 at http://wuis.org Prison "Snafu" Forces Jackson To Spend Night In Hotel Fmr. Congressman Reports To Prison http://wuis.org/post/fmr-congressman-reports-prison <p>Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has reported to a North Carolina federal prison to serve a 2 1/2-year prison term for misusing campaign funds. &nbsp;<br />Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke declined to offer details, including when Jackson reported to prison. &nbsp;<br />Court documents were never clear about when Jackson must report. In her sentencing order written earlier this year, A federal judge in Washington said only that he would have to surrender no earlier than Nov.1. &nbsp; Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:59:21 +0000 Associated Press 11934 at http://wuis.org Fmr. Congressman Reports To Prison Congressman Rodney Davis Defends His Vote http://wuis.org/post/congressman-rodney-davis-defends-his-vote <p>13th District Congressman Rodney Davis doesn’t believe he abandoned his principles by voting to reopen the government.<br />The Taylorville Republican says he didn’t get all the victories he wanted out of the measure approved late Wednesday, but says there were some, including a change in the Affordable Care Act that requires verification of income.&nbsp; Davis says that provision could save taxpayers billions by giving federal subsidies to those who actually deserve them. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 22:24:08 +0000 Jeff Bossert 11170 at http://wuis.org Congressman Rodney Davis Defends His Vote Former Speaker Hastert Discusses Government Shutdown http://wuis.org/post/former-speaker-hastert-discusses-government-shutdown <p>Denny Hastert wasn&#39;t the Speaker of the U.S. House during the last government shutdown, but he was an Illinois Congressman in 1995 and &#39;96. He told Amanda Vinicky this time is different.</p><p>Hastert says back then, Republicans were trying to get a handle on spending. He says it worked.</p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 16:53:13 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 10517 at http://wuis.org Former Speaker Hastert Discusses Government Shutdown Journalist And Author Katherine Boo Coming To UIS http://wuis.org/post/journalist-and-author-katherine-boo-coming-uis <p>The University of Illinois Springfield One Book reading program last fall put the tale of Indian slum dwellers in the hands of students, staff, faculty and community members.<br /><br />Katherine Boo is the author of <em>Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity</em>.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 13:39:07 +0000 Peter Gray 10262 at http://wuis.org Journalist And Author Katherine Boo Coming To UIS Shutdown Worries State Workers, Retirees http://wuis.org/post/shutdown-worries-state-workers-retirees <p>The federal government&#39;s partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois state workers and retirees. &nbsp;<br />That&#39;s because recipients of various state health insurance programs need to get documents from the IRS by a late October deadline in order to prove that their dependents should still be eligible to receive coverage. &nbsp;<br />The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1btoZUS ) the ongoing government shutdown means that the IRS isn&#39;t providing the federal transcripts. &nbsp; Thu, 03 Oct 2013 22:20:45 +0000 Associated Press 10241 at http://wuis.org Shutdown Worries State Workers, Retirees Federal Shutdown Leads To Worries In Illinois http://wuis.org/post/federal-shutdown-leads-worries-illinois <p>The federal government&#39;s partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois state workers and retirees.<br />&nbsp;<br />That&#39;s because recipients of various state health insurance programs need to<br />get documents from the IRS by a late October deadline in order to prove that<br />their dependents should still be eligible to receive coverage.<br />The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports<br />(http://bit.ly/1btoZUS ) the ongoing government shutdown means that the IRS<br />isn&#39;t providing the federal transcripts.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:37:21 +0000 Associated Press 10181 at http://wuis.org Federal Shutdown Leads To Worries In Illinois Vote On New U.S. Attorney Set For Thursday http://wuis.org/post/vote-new-us-attorney-set-thursday <p>Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin's office says the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote next Thursday on President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief federal prosecutor in Chicago. &nbsp;<br>Obama chose Zachary Fardon in May to head the U.S. Attorney's Office for northern Illinois. After more than a decade in the high-profile post, Patrick Fitzgerald resigned last year to enter private practice. &nbsp; Sat, 21 Sep 2013 04:42:00 +0000 Associated Press 9360 at http://wuis.org Vote On New U.S. Attorney Set For Thursday Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed http://wuis.org/post/attack-navy-yard-latest-shootings-dc <em>(We're constantly updating the top of this post and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/16/223023740/developing-shooting-at-u-s-navy-yard-in-washington-d-c/#0001" target="_self">adding to it below as well</a>.)</em><p>The nation's capital went on high alert Monday after a shooting attack at the city's U.S. Navy Yard left at least 12 victims and one gunman dead and injured 8 others.<p>Police said one suspected shooter was dead at the scene. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 13:11:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 8948 at http://wuis.org Attack At The Navy Yard: Gunman And 12 Victims Killed Putin, Syria And... The Power Of The Pen? http://wuis.org/post/putin-syria-and-power-pen <p>Russian president Vladimir Putin this week makes a rare appearance on page 31 of the New York Times.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>In his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">Thursday morning op-ed</a> (click here to read), Putin makes an appeal to the U.S. to be "cautious" in the coming weeks as Congress considers military action against Syria.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:58:05 +0000 Peter Gray 8766 at http://wuis.org Putin, Syria And... The Power Of The Pen? NPR's Kelly McEvers Visits WUIS http://wuis.org/post/nprs-kelly-mcevers-visits-wuis <p>Kelly McEvers has spent the past few years covering the Middle East for NPR.&nbsp; But she has local ties. She was born in Lincoln and her parents still live in the area. &nbsp;<br><br>McEvers visited the WUIS studios and spoke with our Bill Wheelhouse about her lasting impressions from covering areas like Iraq and Syria....</p><p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 13:23:35 +0000 Sean Crawford 8569 at http://wuis.org NPR's Kelly McEvers Visits WUIS The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions http://wuis.org/post/syria-vote-guide-congressional-factions This won't be a standard party-line vote. Big factions within both parties remain skeptical about President Obama's plans to launch punitive airstrikes against Syria.<p>If the vote were held today, it might not pass. Obama and his allies — including <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/03/218553541/boehner-pelosi-unite-behind-president-on-syria" target="_blank">top House</a> leaders of both parties — have a big selling job yet to do to persuade a majority of members to authorize military action.<p>Not to mention the public. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 10:03:00 +0000 editor 8390 at http://wuis.org The Syria Vote: A Guide To The Congressional Factions Author: Battle Hymn Of The Republic "Marches On" http://wuis.org/post/author-battle-hymn-republic-marches <p>Harvard professor and author <a href="http://www.johnstauffer.org/">John Stauffer</a> is considered an authority on Lincoln and the Civil War.<br><br><a href="http://www.amazon.com/The-Battle-Hymn-Republic-Biography/dp/0199837430">His latest book</a> charts the evolution of the wartime ballad "Battle Hymn of the Republic".<br><br>Stauffer discussed the origin of the tune Thursday at the <a href="http://www.alplm.org/">Lincoln Presidential Museum</a>.&nbsp; The museum is wrapping up its summer series of book discussions.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:23:16 +0000 Peter Gray 7747 at http://wuis.org Author: Battle Hymn Of The Republic "Marches On" Beason Slayings Trial To Begin In Peoria http://wuis.org/post/beason-slayings-trial-begin-peoria <p>The trial for the first of two brothers charged in the killing of a Logan County family more than three years ago is scheduled to begin Monday in Peoria.</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 15:33:24 +0000 Associated Press 1880 at http://wuis.org Beason Slayings Trial To Begin In Peoria