Services are scheduled for next weekend for late former U.S. Rep. Ken Gray of southern Illinois.
Gray was 89-years-old when he died Saturday at a Herrin hospital after a long illness.
The Democrat represented Illinois in Congress for a dozen terms and was known for his colorful style. His ability to bring $7 billion in federal funding to his economically depressed district earned him the nickname the ``Prince of Pork.''
Parker-Reedy Funeral Home in West Frankfort says Gray's services will be at 4
Over the next few weeks, you'll be hearing from Congressional candidates running in Illinois' 13th District. There are three Republicans and three Democrats seeking their party's nomination.
Attorney Erika Harold (R-Urbana) is making her second run for Congress. Two years ago, she tried to replace former Congressman Tim Johnson on the ballot after Johnson announced plans to retire from politics. But Republican Party chairs instead chose incumbent Rodney Davis.
Harold talks with Sean Powers about her campaign and what she hopes to accomplish.
Though farm bill talks heated up this week in Washington, key legislators emerged from negotiations Thursday disappointed and predicted there would be no progress until after Congress returns in December from its recess.
The federal government's partial shutdown is worrying some Illinois state workers and retirees.
That'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. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises Newspapers reports (http://bit.ly/1btoZUS ) the ongoing government shutdown means that the IRS isn't providing the federal transcripts.