Lauren Underwood, a 31-year-old registered nurse and a public health adviser to the Obama administration, decided to run for office because of a broken promise. Her local congressman, Republican Randy Hultgren, had pledged that he would not vote for a healthcare bill that made it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to access health insurance. And then, in May 2017, he did just that. “I was very, very upset,” Underwood told me when we spoke on the phone. As a nurse, she regularly cared for people with chronic conditions, but this was also personal: when Underwood was eight years old she was diagnosed with a heart condition. Had the Republicans’ 2017 Health Care bill passed, health insurance could have become prohibitively expensive for her, too. “I decided, you know what? It’s on. I’m running,” she said. The Cook Political Report classifies Underwood’s district in Illinois – the state’s 14th congressional district … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlight Meet Lauren Underwood, the 31-year-old Democrat hoping to shake up Illinois politics
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Deirdre Shesgreen USA TODAY Published 4:53 p.m. UTC Aug 23, 2018 WASHINGTON — Andrew Brunson arrived at a local Turkish police station nearly two years ago with his American passport in hand – hoping to renew his visa and continue the work he’d been doing for more than two decades as a Christian missionary in the city of Izmir on Turkey's southwest coast. Instead, the 50-year-old evangelical pastor was arrested, jailed and accused of plotting to overthrow the government of Turkey, where the population is overwhelmingly Muslim. Now, Brunson is at the center of a geopolitical conflagration that has strained U.S.-Turkey relations, rattled economic markets, and mobilized the U.S. evangelical community. “His sole purpose for being in Turkey for the past 24 years was for one purpose only: To tell about Jesus Christ,” Brunson’s daughter, Jacqueline Brunson Furnari, told a packed audience last month at a July 24 State Department forum … [Read more...] about Andrew Brunson was a missionary in Turkey for 24 years. Now he’s at the center of an international crisis.
DECATUR – When Jacques Nuzzo opened the crate containing the first baby osprey for this year’s hacking project, he was a bit taken aback. “I said, ‘Oh, that really is a baby,’ ” said Nuzzo, program director for the Illinois Raptor Center, which works with the University of Illinois at Springfield to examine and catalog the birds. “I was just a little worried about it, not super worried, but I thought, ‘Let’s just keep him inside and make sure his body temp stays stable,’ and he’s doing great. I’m going to move him outside today.” The osprey chick in question was estimated to be only 3 weeks old. Normally, the chicks are pulled at six weeks, when they’re considerably larger and better equipped to be on their own. Nuzzo decided this baby needed a little more time to grow, and it’s been in the care of the center for a couple of weeks. A DNA test to determine whether it’s male or female has not … [Read more...] about Illinois Raptor Center joins effort to lift osprey numbers
Nashville police officers have arrested the man suspected of opening fire at a Waffle House, ending a methodical day-and-half manhunt. The Nashville police department said early in the afternoon that Travis Reinking was in custody after being apprehended in a wooded area, releasing an image of the suspect with his short torn, his jeans muddied and scratches visible on his shoulder. Four people died after a gunman believed to be Mr Reinking strode into a Waffle House in the early hours of Sunday morning and opened fire. In the hours leading up to Mr Reinking’s capture, some 160 police officers fanned out to search, joined by agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Read more 'I'm no Superman', insists man who seized gun from Waffle House killer Four dead after naked gunman opens fire on Waffle House in Nashville As the search unfolded, authorities in multiple jurisdictions released details depicting Mr Reinking, who is 29, as a … [Read more...] about Nashville Waffle House shooting: Man suspected of fatally shooting four people arrested
President Donald Trump’s turbulent first year in office begs an important question for Republican congressmen defending their seats in November: Is anyone safe? In the swath of rural northern Illinois between DeKalb, Kane and McHenry counties, there is a trio of incumbent U.S. representatives – Adam Kinzinger, D-16, Peter Roskam, D-6, and Randy Hultgren, D-14 – who vote with Trump more than 90 percent of the time. They now face three Democratic opponents posing threats to their seats in an election that may be primed for a "blue wave." It's typical for the sitting president's party to lose seats in Congress during midterms, but talks of the wave also stem from Democrat Conor Lamb’s victory last month in a Pennsylvania House district that President Donald Trump won by almost 20 points in 2016. Democrats are now eyeing their chance to retake Congress. "We’re seeing enthusiasm for change and having a voice in congress that reflects our values," said Lauren … [Read more...] about Are Illinois Congressmen safe in wake of Donald Trump?