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  • Jan Schakowsky

    Suburban Democrats targeted over graduated income tax Dec 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Illinois arm of Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative advocacy group, is targeting a handful of suburban Democratic state lawmakers with video ads in its fight against the idea of a graduated income tax. Tax issues are likely to be a big topic in 2014 in Springfield, but it's hard to say if the graduated tax will gain traction.

     
  • House Republicans signaled support Wednesday for a budget deal worked out a day earlier, a plan narrowly drawn but promoted as a way to stabilize Congress' erratic fiscal efforts, avert another government shutdown and mute some of the partisan rancor that has damaged Americans' attitudes about their lawmakers. Suburban lawmakers are divided on the issue.

    Local lawmakers divided on federal budget dealDec 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    A bipartisan collection of suburban federal lawmakers backs the latest federal budget deal struck in Washington, but others are waiting until closer to a possible House vote today to make a decision. Approval would avoid another budget battle that led to a government shutdown this year, and some local lawmakers say they support the agreement at least partly for that reason.

     
  • Candidate filing ends for March primary Dec 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    The deadline to file petitions to run for state office came and went Monday with five incumbent suburban Republicans facing primary challengers for Illinois House. One Democrat faces a similar primary challenge.

     
  • Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.

    Suburban GOP group endorses every governor hopefulNov 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Barrington Township Republican Organization's leaders recently got together to endorse candidates. But when committeeman Gene Dawson sent over the endorsements for the highly watched governor's race, it said: “All candidates.” Dawson said the group couldn't come to a consensus on someone to pick.

     
  • Naperville businessman Bert Miller announces his candidacy for the 11th Congressional District at his Phoenix Closures Inc. manufacturing facility.

    GOP hopeful in 11th district defends supporting Obama, Blago Nov 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    As owner of Naperville's Phoenix Closures, Republican businessman Bert Miller took a turn last decade as chairman of the powerful Illinois Manufacturers Association and has given campaign donations to mostly Republicans, including Jim Oberweis and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. But his primary opponents have seized on two gifts to Democrats: $1,000 to then Democratic Senate candidate Barack Obama in 2003 and $1,000 in 2002 to Rod Blagojevich.

     
  • Randy Hultgren

    With debt deal sealed, Hultgren 'had nothing to lose' with 'no' voteOct 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren decision Wednesday to buck House GOP leadership and be the only Illinoisan to vote against a deal to end the government shutdown could insulate him from some attacks from conservatives in his heavily Republican-leaning western suburban district.

     
  • Peter Roskam

    Roskam votes 'yes,' Hultgren 'no' to dealOct 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    After weeks of pushing for delays to President Barack Obama's health care law in exchange for a budget agreement, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam voted for a plan to end the government shutdown and avoid default, saying the country has to pay its bills.

     
  • Darlene Senger

    Senger leads Republicans in fundraising; Foster has more Oct 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger has a large fundraising lead in their primary race for Congress, but Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has far more campaign cash then any of his potential GOP challengers.

     
  • While shutdown loomed, so did fundraising deadline Sep 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    As the clock ran down on the federal government budget Monday, midnight also represented federal lawmakers' third-quarter political fundraising deadline. The two events converged as lawmakers of each party worked to blame the other side for a potential government shutdown.

     
  • Brad Schneider

    Suburban members of Congress sound off on Syria Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    After President Barack Obama’s address on Syria Tuesday, federal lawmakers from the suburbs are split over how to proceed. Several local members of Congress offered thoughts after the speech.

     
  • Chris Balkema

    Balkema enters Republican primary race for Congress Sep 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Republican Chris Balkema enters the 11th Congressional District Republican primary race. Along with Balkema, state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville has announced her candidacy and private investigator Ian Bayne of Aurora has said he's running, too. The seat now is held by Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville.

     
  • Grundy County board member running against Senger in congressional primary Sep 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    A member of the Grundy County Board says he will announce that he’s running in the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional District. Chris Balkema put out a news release Thursday saying he will announce his candidacy on Tuesday in North Aurora. He faces Republican state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville in the GOP primary.

     
  • Sen. Dick Durbin, left, and Rep. Bill Foster joined forces in Aurora Tuesday to challenge House Republicans to bring a Senate immigration reform proposal to a vote.

    Dems tout bipartisan immigration reform bill in AuroraAug 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Sen. Dick Durbin, Congressman Bill Foster and Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner were among a team of local Democrats who appeared at an Aurora church Tuesday to promote an immigration reform proposal recently approved in the Senate. Republican Senators Marco Rubio and John McCain are among the Republicans who helped craft the proposal. The measure provides a path to citizenship.

     
  • Bill Foster

    Foster: Target fradulent legal advice to immigrants Aug 2, 2013 12:00 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster has introduced legislation targeting “notarios” who give immigrants fraudulent legal advice that can, at times, get them deported.

     
  • Darlene Senger

    Senger jumps into 11th District GOP race for Congress Jul 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Darlene Senger today formally announced her campaign for Congress. The Naperville Republican faces possible primary challenges from private investigator Ian Bayne of Aurora, Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema from Channahon or both. Senger will run for the 11th District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville.

     
  • Robert Dold

    Dold being recruited by top GOP to run again in 10th Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Congressman Bob Dold is being actively recruited by top GOP officials to make another bid for Congress. National Republican Committee Chair Greg Walden told the Daily Herald that he's "hopeful" the Kenilworth Republican will run in 2014 for the North Suburban 10th Congressional District seat he lost to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider.

     
  • State Rep. Darlene Senger, a Naperville Republican

    Senger meets with GOP officials about challenge to Foster Apr 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    State Rep. Darlene Senger, of Naperville, heads to Washington, D.C., this week to talk to Republican officials about possibly challenging Congressman Bill Foster in 2014.

     
  •  Congressman Bill Foster met with officials at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora Thursday to push legislation he crafted to encourage the spread of Fab Labs, an MIT project that brings basic design and fabrication labs to area communities for public use.

    Congressman brings Fab Lab pitch to Waubonsee, local manufacturers Mar 28, 2013 12:00 AM
    Rep. Bill Foster hosted a roundtable discussion Thursday about his Fab Lab bill. The 11th District congressman introduced a bill last week to establish a National Fab Lab network across the country to catalyze the manufacturing sector. He spoke at Waubonsee Community College's downtown Aurora location.

     
  • Pat Brady

    Will gay marriage stance cost GOP chairman his job?Jan 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Newly elected suburban state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove is rounding up fellow Illinois Republican officials to try to oust the chair of the beleaguered party, Pat Brady of St. Charles, over Brady's support for legalizing same-sex marriage. “All of my time is now being spent responding to emails on social issues,” he said. “I don't think those are the most pressing issues we should be dealing with.”

     
  • State Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale

    GOP governor contenders mostly mum on BradyJan 24, 2013 12:00 AM
    Should Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady should keep his party post after voicing support for same-sex marriage? The growing field of likely GOP gubernatorial primary bidders is largely silent on the issue. Only state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale, who described Pat Brady as a “gregarious and fearless leader,” said he agreed with Pat Brady that the party needs to be more open and inclusive and gain additional supporters.

     
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