Lawmaker leads effort for veterans

Just about every politician considers veterans essential. The question is, will VA employees get that distinction in a government shutdown? Thursday, U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, whose district includes Whiteside County, led an effort to protect veterans in the event of a “politically induced” shutdown. She wrote a letter, signed by 36 of her […]

Sequester hits local Head Start program

MOLINE — Head Start programs in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties are being cut back because of the sequester, or cutback in federal funding. In Moline, a Head Start program that used to run five days per week for 36 children from low-income backgrounds now is running four days per week and for one […]

Journal Star: Durbin, Bustos pitch bill to update lock and dam systems

CREVE COEUR — Standing in front of a nearly 80-year-old dam aging past its life span, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos promoted legislation Thursday that seeks to improve the nation's water infrastructure. As they toured the facility, Durbin, D-Ill., and Bustos, D-East Moline, pointed out how the Senate-passed Water Resources Development […]