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Key Democrats object to new Republican Iran measure

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Ben Cardin, senior Democrats who oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, will vote against a Republican effort to require new conditions before President Barack Obama could lift any sanctions under the deal, aides said on Wednesday.


5 takeaways from the Republican debate

Republican front-runner Donald Trump came under heavy attack from his rivals in a contentious U.S. presidential debate, and former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina emerged from the back of the pack to lead the charge.


Defense Secretary: Budget woes send ‘wrong message’ to potential foes

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday warned that continued uncertainty about U.S. military spending levels would send "the wrong message at the wrong time" when Russia and China are rapidly advancing their technologies.


10 FOR TODAY: Thursday, Sept. 17

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.


Obama urges Congress to avoid shutdown

There's only a handful of congressional work days remaining until the Oct. 1 deadline, when some federal agency operations could shut down for lack of money.


Report: One-third of US kids still eat fast food every day

Fast food is considered heavy in calories, and scientists have pointed at drive-thru french fries and takeout pizza as contributors to kids being overweight.


5 cities in the running for 2024 games

Los Angeles is in the running to host a third Olympics while Hamburg, Paris, Rome and Budapest will battle to bring the multi-sport extravaganza back to Europe.


Democrats block legislation to kill Iran nuclear deal

By a vote of 56-42, the Republican-majority Senate fell short of the 60 votes needed in the 100-member chamber to advance the legislation.


Trump in the crosshairs at second Republican debate

Rivals seek to make up ground they have lost to the front-running billionaire with a flair for bomb-throwing rhetoric.


10 FOR TODAY: Wednesday, Sept. 16

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.


Obama to raise cyber concerns with China’s Xi

President Barack Obama will discuss cyber security with the Chinese leader when they meet in Washington this month amid rising U.S. worries about hackers.


Senate to hold one more vote on Iran nuclear deal

Senate Republicans will try a second time to move ahead on a resolution rejecting the Iran nuclear deal, but the outcome is expected to be the same.


Aretha Franklin to welcome the Pope to America

The soul singer will be among those performing during the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia later this month.


U.S. airman who disarmed train gunman to receive Purple Heart

A U.S. airman who helped disarm a gunman on a Paris-bound train last month will receive a Purple Heart medal, in an unusual award of the honor to a serviceman wounded while not in a combat zone.


Hundreds protest Trump as Hillary shrugs off slumping polls

A downtown Dallas rally by presidential hopeful Donald Trump produced some of the sharpest scenes of conflict yet.


10 FOR TODAY: Tuesday, Sept. 15

Your daily look at the stories that will be talked about today.


Schools face teacher shortages after years of cuts

After years of recession-related layoffs and hiring freezes, school systems across the United States are in urgent need of more qualified teachers.


GOP leaders’ complex fight to avoid federal shutdown

Republican leaders on Capitol Hill say there'll be no government shutdown this year. But with Congress, it's never easy.


Gas prices down 27 cents

Further price drops are likely if crude oil prices don't skyrocket, because the Sept. 15 change to winter grade gasoline comes with a cost cut in much of the country.


White House to announce steps to ease access to student aid

Among the measures Obama will announce in Des Moines, Iowa, on Monday will be allowing aspiring college students and their families to apply earlier under the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Langfelder: Residency Requirement Ordinance Next Month

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The city had a residency requirement for decades until aldermen removed it in 2000.

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SIU HealthCare Launches Online Patient Portal

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Patients of SIU HealthCare can now manage their health records online.

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Effort to Save Dick Van Dyke’s Childhood Home

Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Screening at AFI Fest at TLC Chinese Theater

Featuring: Dick Van Dyke
Where: Los Angeles, California, United States
When: 10 Nov 2013
Credit: Nikki Nelson/

A foundation has taken possession of the boyhood home of Dick and Jerry Van Dyke, brothers who made it big in show business.

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Southern Illinois Disapproves of Rauner’s Job Performance — Poll

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

More than 50 percent of southern Illinois voters disapprove of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s job performance, according to a new poll.

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It’s “Mammogram Monday”

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Central Illinois women are being encouraged to get free mammograms in the month of October.