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In this episode of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show, we interview Donald Rients. Rients is a Republican running for Congress in the 18th Congressional district, which surrounds most of Springfield. The 18th is currently held by Rep. Darin LaHood (R).

Protecting America’s labor force is a major concern for Rients. He talked about how free trade deals often ended up putting American workers at a disadvantage. Rients argued that foreign businesses with unfair labor practices should not be allowed to compete with American-based companies.

Rients is also very strongly pro-life. While he supported the move to restrict abortions after 20 weeks, he was disappointed that the limit was not much lower. Rients said that most supposedly pro-life politicians are not prepared to actually make substantive changes, even though they have the power to do so.

You can see all the past episodes of the Thomas Clatterbuck Show on the Springfield Daily Radio page.

You can also learn more about Rients and the other candidates for the 18th on our Campaign Headquarters page.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole Dec. 11th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council’s committee of the whole meeting for December 11th.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council Meeting December 4th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for December 4th. There is a presentation by EmberClear about a proposed gas-fired plant.

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Bustos’ American-made flag bill passes in the House

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In 2015, the Federal government spent $4.4 million on foreign-made American flags. Almost all of these flags, which were used by the Department of Defense, came from China. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was appalled when she learned this from a veteran. Under current law, flags only need to be made of 50 percent American-made materials.

Bustos’ bill would require American flags purchased with taxpayer dollars be wholly produced in the United States. Yesterday, that bill passed the House. Bustos has been working on this issue for years; and this is not the first time her measure has made it out of the house.

HR 3121 will now go to the Senate to be voted on there.

You can watch Bustos’ speech in the player. You can read the bill here.

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