Pope Francis to Address U.S. Congress at 9 a.m.CNN correspondent John Allen says Pope Francis is making a point to not serve one political party in particular.
Missouri Senator Leaves Job to Focus on Bridgeton LandfillMaria Chapelle-Nadal says Attorney General Koster called the landfill a possible "Chernobly like event."
Legislative Reforms Lagging a Year After Michael Brown's DeathThe Wall Street Journal reports that other than a few successful bills on body cameras for police officers, most other measures have failed or stalled amid opposition from police unions and prosecutors.
Paul Berry: Don't Raise Min. Wage, Eliminate Earnings TaxHe says there would even be enough money to give police a 25 percent pay increase.
Durbin Open to Extending Deadline for Rail Systems to Install Positive Train ControlCongress mandated in 2008 that railways have it installed within seven years, but didn't provide financial support past the first year. Facing a Dec. 31 deadline, Durbin says he's open to setting a new target date to let railroads become compliant.
Missouri Advocates Praise Ruling for Health Care SubsidiesMissouri health care advocates praised a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Thursday that backs nationwide subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Belleville's Military Boots Contract Saved by Failed BillThe Belleville Boot Company employs 750 people nationwide and has manufactured military boots since World War 1.
UPDATE: Last-Minute Reprieve for Hundreds of Granite City SteelworkersBill before Congress seeks to block dumping of cheap steel and other foreign-made products into U.S. markets.
Bill Would Raise Illinois Income Tax RatesIt won't be on you - it will be on people who make more than $1 million a year, says U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston).
Improper Payments by Federal Agencies Reach Record $125BThe payments included tax credits for families that didn't qualify, Medicare payments for treatments that might not have been necessary, and unemployment benefits for people who were actually working.
$372.5M In Federal Funds Awarded To Conservation ProjectsProjects designed to cut down on fertilizer runoff, expand bird nesting areas and restore native grasslands are among those selected for funding under a new initiative that encourages conservation partnerships between government and private organizations.
Central Illinois Congressman Gives GOP Weekly MessageRodney Davis of Taylorville talks job creation and urges small business owners to hire military veterans

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