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by Ellyn Fortino
12:39pm
Tue Apr 22

Congresswoman Kelly Committed To Renewing Push For Federal Gun Control Legislation

Although gun-control legislation has stalled in Congress, "common-sense gun reform" remains one of U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly's top priorities, the Democratic congresswoman said at a Monday night event in East Hazel Crest to review her first year in the House.

Kelly, a former state representative, was elected last April to fill the 2nd congressional district seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. after he resigned in 2012. The district covers Chicago’s far Southeast Side and a large swath of the southern suburbs.

While in Congress, Kelly introduced gun-control legislation meant to place stricter safety standards on guns and keep "violent, dangerous people" from being able to purchase firearms. But supporters of gun curbs simply cannot get gun-control legislation to the House floor for a vote, Kelly said. 

"There is gun legislation dealing with background checks, and there is about 180 to 190 bipartisan signatures, Democrats and Republicans," the congresswoman said. "But we cannot get it called to the floor, so what I tell people when people come and see me about the gun issue [is], 'I'm your choir.' So we need to call other people across the United States and call Speaker [John] Boehner [to] at least [bring] the bill to committee and to the floor and let it be voted up or down."  Read more »

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
2:40pm
Thu Oct 17, 2013

Government Shutdown Ends, Debt Ceiling Crisis Averted — For Now

The federal government is now open, workers are back on the job and the debt ceiling deadline of October 17 was barely met following a late night for Congress and the president. Progress Illinois takes a look the new deal, the effects of the government shutdown and what's next for Congress.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
3:31pm
Wed Oct 16, 2013

Congress Appears Poised To Reach Deal On Debt Ceiling, Government Shutdown (UPDATED)

Senate leaders have reached a deal on a plan to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government, and both the House and Senate appear to be poised to pass the package. 

The plan would fund the government through January 15 and raise the debt ceiling through February 7. 

"Our country came to the brink of disaster, but in the end political adversaries set aside ... their differences," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said, adding that the plan will "provide our economy the stability it desperately needs."

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