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Congresswoman Underwood Hosts First Town Halls

Feb 20, 2019
Sarah Jesmer

Freshman Representative Lauren Underwood (D-14) held a series of town halls throughout her district. She fielded questions about health care, climate change and border security at her last stop in Sycamore.

Congresswoman Underwood answered questions from a crowd of nearly 150 people at a DeKalb County high school Tuesday night.

Underwood sits on the Committee of Homeland Security. She said President Trump’s emergency declaration to bypass Congress for funding for a border wall is unconstitutional.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly unveiled new policies on Tuesday that are aimed at detaining and deporting more immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The two memos, signed by Kelly, lay out a series of steps the department plans to take to implement President Donald Trump's executive orders from late January. Those orders called for increased border security and better enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.

Hackers Expose Illinois Cybersecurity Holes

Feb 6, 2017

In 2016, the Illinois Board of Elections and the state Republican Party were victims of cybersecurity breaches. But uncertainty lingers as to what the hackers wanted and whether future attacks can be prevented. 

When Tim Soper received a letter from the Illinois Board of Elections in late September informing him that personal data from his voter registration may have been compromised in a cybersecurity breach, he chose to find the humor in the situation.


An Illinois driver's license won't be enough identification to get into most federal facilities after Jan. 10 when the state's exemption from federal Real ID requirements ends.

By summer, it could mean Illinois driver's licenses won't be accepted as identification for commercial airplane flights.