Gun violence is a public health crisis, but at the federal level we are neither doing enough to prevent it nor to mitigate its impacts. We have seen the mass shootings that have claimed the lives of shoppers, salon workers, and pedestrians so far this year. However, what causes deeper concern is how prevalent and pervasive gun violence is in the daily lives of our community members.
The United States is the global leader in artificial intelligence. We have an innovative private sector, world class universities and remain the top destination for international AI talent. However, American leadership is no longer guaranteed.
The coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetime. In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of people are confirmed sick, more than 20,000 people have died, and more than 16 million have filed for unemployment.
As our nation continues struggling to address the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing a shocking trend in deaths among African Americans.
Last year, the House of Representatives passed the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019. This legislation is the most significant and meaningful gun safety measure passed by Congress in nearly two decades.
About seven years ago, President Barack Obama issued an urgent plea while speaking with Sandy Hook Elementary School families in Newtown, Connecticut. He said America was failing to protect our nation's most valued treasure—our children.
Illinois and the Midwest have long been the breadbasket of the world. Soybeans, corn, wheat, pork and other products are proudly grown here and feed people all over the world. Likewise, we still make American steel products, cabinets, pharmaceuticals and beverage cans right here in Kankakee.
WASHINGTON — On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives authorized public hearings in our ongoing impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump. I voted for this measure alongside 231 of my colleagues.
It’s 1843 and your son has a fever. It’s been getting worse for days and you know he needs help. So, you get on your horse, pull him up and start riding. After miles and miles, you finally reach the only doctor in the county in a desperate attempt to get care for your child. This story would be exactly the same if it were told in 212 B.C., 873, 1564 and even well into the 1900s.
This weekend, we celebrate our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, stepmothers and all the women who love and nurture us.
There will be brunches and mimosas, cards and flowers, backyard BBQs and fancy dinners. It might just be a quick call saying, “Hey mom, I love you.” Each family will be celebrating their moms in their own special way.