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READ: Court filing on DOJ pardon investigation

The Justice Department is investigating a potential crime related to funneling money to the White House or related political committee in exchange for a presidential pardon, according to court records unsealed Tuesday in federal court. Read the filing here:MORE

Trump associates, including Giuliani, are asking for pardons

Trump associates, including Giuliani, are asking for pardons

President Donald Trump’s associates are making appeals to him in the hopes of obtaining pardons before he leaves office, a source familiar with the matter told CNN on Tuesday. The source said the list of associates broaching the subject of preemptive pardons that would seek to shield those individuals from prosecution includes Rudy Giuliani, who…MORE

Biden fills out his inauguration team

Biden fills out his inauguration team

President-elect Joe Biden‘s transition team on Tuesday announced more senior positions on his inauguration committee. First shared with CNN, the new additions to the team — which will plan the celebration and activities surrounding the President-elect’s swearing-in on January 20 — comprise a diverse group of staff who worked on Biden’s campaign in various roles.…MORE

Biden unlikely to tap Democrats from Congress for administration posts

Biden unlikely to tap Democrats from Congress for administration posts

As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to announce more key nominations and appointments to his administration, the door is closing on the prospect of tapping Democrats from one of his most cherished places in Washington: the halls of Congress. Inside his transition team, there is a real recognition of how difficult it would be to choose…MORE

Mnuchin says Trump ‘wants to make sure there is not a shutdown’

Mnuchin says Trump ‘wants to make sure there is not a shutdown’

Two of the top negotiators in Washington — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — spoke Tuesday afternoon about funding the government, weeks after talks broke down for a new stimulus package to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and its economic fallout. “I will be speaking to the speaker this afternoon, we’re…MORE

Blogs

Labor Day – Expanding voting rights for all

By Mike Matejka Because of COVID, there is no Labor Day Parade this year.  It’s always a great event for our everyday workers to march proudly down the street and enjoys the festive crowd. If there had been a parade, this year’s Labor Day theme was to be “150 years of struggle: your right to vote.” …

Is federal mobilization the answer?

By Mike Matejka As President Donald Trump threatens to send federal marshals into Chicago, over the objections of Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, recall another Illinois Governor who protested the incursion of armed federal personnel into the city.   Those federal troops, rather than calming, escalated the situation, leading to deaths and violence. Illinois poet Vachel Lindsay…

In these troubled times, to my fellow white Americans

By Mike Matejka Our nation is at a unique watershed in human relations. African-Americans have been killed too many times in the past before George Floyd, but the response to this man’s death is international and all-encompassing. I was a grade-schooler during the Civil Rights 1960s. I watched Birmingham demonstrators hosed and the Selma – Montgomery…

Workers’ Memorial Day – Remember those whose job took their life

Looking around our community, when we say employer, most will respond to State Farm, Country, or Illinois State University.   We too often forget those who are building our roads, serving our food, or our public employees. COVID-19 has made us more aware of the risk.  Going to work every day for some people means…