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Thousands of ventilators in maintenance as government struggles to meet needs

The federal government had faulty ventilators. Then the coronavirus hit. Thousands of ventilators managed by the federal government were unable to be deployed in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic because of a lapse in the government contract to keep the machines maintained, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. President Donald Trump…MORE

FEMA still pushing back on taking a leading role in coronavirus supply chain

FEMA still pushing back on taking a leading role in coronavirus supply chain

Despite states’ continued calls for more federal involvement, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is still pushing back against playing a more active role in leading the supply chain, according to House Democrats. Officials from FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services briefed members of the House Oversight Committee this week on the coronavirus…MORE

How the fight for the Senate is slowly moving toward Democrats

With the country — and the world — focused full-time on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, you may have missed this: The fight for the Senate continues to move slowly but surely in Democrats’ direction. That’s according to two leading political handicapping sites: the Cook Political Report and Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the…MORE

Coronavirus has already permanently changed our economy and the way we live

Coronavirus has already permanently changed our economy and the way we live

The US government effectively shut down the US economy in its effort to make keep Americans at home and, hopefully, slow the spread of Covid-19. The direct result is that a stupefying number of American workers — nearly 10 million in two weeks — filed for first-time unemployment benefits. But while it is now agonizingly…MORE

Trump campaign sends letter to Sessions demanding he stop invoking Trump

Trump campaign sends letter to Sessions demanding he stop invoking Trump

President Donald Trump’s campaign has sent a letter to Jeff Sessions demanding the former attorney general stop using Trump’s name in his campaign materials for his US Senate bid. “We only assume your campaign is doing this to confuse President Trump’s loyal supporters in Alabama into believing the President supports your candidacy in the upcoming…MORE

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Everyone counts and you could make the difference

By Mike Matejka How many federal dollars will there be for road repairs?  To feed hungry families?  How many Illinois representatives will there be in Congress?  Are Illinois communities going to get their fair share? There’s only one way to ensure our community gets treated properly – answer the census. The every ten year U.S. census,…

Reactions to the “A Community in Conflict” exhibit

By Mike Matejka Every community has its home-town pride; Bloomington-Normal is proud to claim Steak n’ Shake and MASH TV star McLean Stevenson.  We’ve also had a moment of contention and conflict.  Sometimes these are uplifting stories of human progress. At other times, they cause us to shake our heads and wonder why. The McLean…