House GOP Says Health Care Fight Not Over, But Offers No Path Forward

House Republicans emerged from a members-only meeting Tuesday morning to bullishly declare the health care legislative battle is not over. "We promised that we would repeal and replace Obamacare, and that's exactly what we're going to do," House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters after the meeting. The regular House GOP weekly meeting ran unusually long and lawmakers kicked staff out so they could vent properly after Friday's demoralizing setback. House Speaker Paul Ryan...

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Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is beginning repairs on two segments of Interstate 90 in the Rockford area.  

The Spring Creek Road Bridge will undergo repair beginning April 3.  It begins with overnight lane closures, and will follow with a two-week full bridge closure on April 5. During this closure, posted detours will direct eastbound traffic to Bell School Road and direct westbound traffic to Lyford Road and then over I-90 via Rote Road.  

The House of Representatives has gone along with the Senate and voted 215-205 to overturn a yet-to-take-effect regulation that would have required Internet service providers — like Comcast, Verizon and Charter — to get consumers' permission before selling their data.

President Trump is expected to sign the rollback, according to a White House statement.

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Illinois Senator Dave Koehler is introducing legislation to address the state’s growing number of industrial livestock facilities.

Ten years ago, Cindy Bonnet found out she was getting new neighbors in Nora, Illinois: 10,000 cows. It’s what’s known in the industry as a “concentrated animal feeding operation,” or CAFO: basically a big cow warehouse, with a giant trough under it to catch their waste.

Bonnet says a California businessman was behind the venture.

Illinois Lottery

A private company hired to manage the Illinois lottery remains on the job more than two years after the state first moved to fire it for missing sales goals, and the firm is now able to collect more in fees than under its original contract.

    

That's the finding of an Associated Press review of Northstar Lottery Group.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's administration says the delay reflects challenges states have faced since turning some lottery operations over to the private sector.

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Hidden handguns could be legally carried without a license in Wisconsin under a far-reaching, Republican-backed proposal being circulated for co-sponsors.

The bill unveiled Tuesday would also allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to bring firearms into places where they are currently barred, including school buildings, unless signs are posted prohibiting them.

Bill co-sponsor Republican Rep. Mary Felzkowski says its intent is to remove the "barrier of the concealed carry permit" so people can exercise their constitutional right to carry a gun.

The Democratic speaker of the Illinois House is chastising Gov. Bruce Rauner for comments the governor made about him.

Speaker Michael Madigan wrote the Republican a letter Tuesday. It said Rauner made ``false statements'' a day earlier that Madigan was blocking sale of the state-owned Thompson Center in Chicago.

Madigan says his staff and Rauner's continue to cooperate on the details. He says Rauner's comments were ``disingenuous'' and ``beneath your office.''

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Plans to convert a downtown Rockford building into a hotel and conference center were delayed by two weeks. 

The city council is working on a deal with Gorman & Company that would renovate the former Amerock building by Davis Park.  Alderman were slated to approve the proposal Monday.  However, the Rockford Register-Star reports there were lingering concerns about the arrangement.  

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Legal uncertainty remains surrounding the President’s travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries.

Northern Illinois University students and members of the DeKalb community are reaching out to those who may be affected.

“Without even us reaching out to anyone, I was getting like five, six emails per day, just of support," said Afreen Warsi, a biology major and member of the Muslim Student Association at Northern Illinois University. She says other students reached out to her following the first travel order issued by the White House.

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Nearly two weeks after a strike from the district’s bus drivers, paraprofessionals, and food service workers, a contract deal isn’t in close reach.

AFSCME represents the workers who protested what they call “dead end contract negotiations.” 

Ed Sadlowski, with the labor union, says the strike was successful in giving school employees a voice.

“It’s a new awareness and a new understanding about what needs to happen and how, and the very appropriate approach to when you’re encountered being provoked to strike, just how do it," he said.

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Cook County Democratic leaders heard from the six candidates thinking of running for governor Monday ahead of a potential endorsement later this year.

Each candidate attacked Governor Bruce Rauner.

Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar compared Rauner to colonial England - dividing allies to conquer them.

Venture capitalist JB Pritzker said Rauner’s agenda is the Koch Brothers’ agenda.

Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers had to be asked about Rauner’s shortcomings - and said he hasn’t seen one accomplishment.

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The Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., has generated plenty of controversy since it opened last fall.

But concerns about President Trump's conflicts of interest might not be enough to stop his company from opening a second hotel in the nation's capital.

Muslim children are more likely to be bullied in school than children of other faiths. A new survey by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) reveals that 42 percent of Muslims with children in K–12 schools report bullying of their children because of their faith, compared with 23 percent of Jewish and 20 percent of Protestant parents.

These results confirm recent findings by other research and advocacy groups showing that bullying of students of color is on the rise.

Canyon Mansfield and his dog were walking the ridge line near his house in Pocatello, Idaho, when the 14-year-old spotted a curious device that looked like a sprinkler nestled in the ground.

A federal judge levied the first of two punishments over the "Bridgegate" tale of political retaliation in New Jersey Wednesday, sentencing former Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni to two years in prison.

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