Rodney Davis

Human Trafficking
4:54 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Human Trafficking Summit Sheds Light On Harsh Reality, But Some See No Further Role For Feds

U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri addresses a panel on human trafficking. Listening are Dr. Denise DeGarmo of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and Deidre Lhamon of The Covering House.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

The federal government puts St. Louis in the top 20 jurisdictions for human trafficking.

That ranking, as well as a host of other sobering facts about human trafficking came to light during a summit Monday morning in Edwardsville hosted by Republican Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis of Illinois.

Attendees also learned:

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Economy & Innovation
4:28 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Steelworkers Rally Against Unfair Foreign Trade

Credit (Flickr/Paul Sable)

The price of steel pipes and tubes are at the center of a rally in Granite City Friday afternoon.

It's one of six rallies planned around the U.S. this spring. The goal is to bring attention to what steelworkers and steel companies say are unfair trade practices by companies in nine countries.

The products are Oil Country Tubular Goods, used in natural gas and oil exploration, an industry that has boomed in the U.S. in recent years.

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Politics
1:59 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

After Unconventional Election, Illinois' Davis Going For Second Term In Congress

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) on Sept. 23. Davis has announced he's running for re-election.
(Sean Powers/WILL)

Reporting from WILL's Sean Powers and WGLT's Charles Schlenker.

Congressman Rodney Davis has announced that he’s running for re-election next year. The Taylorville Republican kicked off a campaign tour Monday across the 13th Congressional District, with his first stop in Urbana. 

See the bounds of the 13th via Govtrack:

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Illinois Politics
3:22 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Illinois County GOP Chair Resigns Over 'Racist' Email

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) Introduces the "Opportunity KNOCKS Act" during a press conference at the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center in Edwardsville on Tuesday, April 30
Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

The chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County, Illinois, has resigned after writing what's been called a racist and sexist email about U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis' primary challenger.

Illinois Republican Party chairman Jack Dorgan says he accepted Jim Allen's resignation on Thursday afternoon. Allen wrote an email Tuesday suggesting Erika Harold could fill a "minority quota" if she lost the Republican primary. The biracial Harvard law school graduate was crowned Miss America in 2003 and launched her bid to challenge Davis this month.

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Federal Farm Bill
7:14 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Mo. & Ill. Congressmen Speak Out On Federal Farm Bill As US House Prepares To Vote

(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Members of Missouri and Illinois' Congressional delegations are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.

Illinois Republican Rodney Davis told reporters today via conference call that the bill is a big improvement over the version passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.

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Politics
4:16 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Call On Obama To Approve Keystone Pipeline Expansion

Congressmen John Shimkus (left) and Rodney Davis (right)
Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio.

Illinois Congressmen John Shimkus and Rodney Davis renewed their calls Friday for President Obama to approve an expansion to the Keystone Pipeline.

The two Republicans touted legislation passed this month that they hope will put pressure on the president to sign off on the portion of the pipeline that crosses the US and Canada border.

“The bottom line is: bigger pipe, more crude oil, access to our markets and our refineries," Shimkus said. "If you understand supply and demand – the more supply and demand stays the same, then prices go down and everyone benefits.”

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River management
2:29 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Davis, Enyart Want Corps To Think Broadly On Mississippi River Management

Two Illinois congressmen want to make it easier for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deal with low water along the Mississippi River.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Two freshman Congressmen from southern Illinois want the Army Corps of Engineers to start thinking of ways it can coordinate management of the Mississippi River to keep cargo traffic flowing during droughts or floods.

"The bill would have the Corps treat the entire drainage system as one entity," said Democrat Bill Enyart, a co-sponsor along with Republican Rodney Davis. "How do you balance someone getting to go boating against being able to get barges full of soybeans and corn out to feed the world? As it stands today, we can't balance those."

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