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  • Will gay marriage stance cost GOP chairman his job? Jan 24, 2013 9:13 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.”

     
  • GOP governor contenders mostly mum on Brady Jan 24, 2013 7:59 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.

     
  • Brady still thinking about a second term as chair Jan 24, 2013 5:32 AM
    In the wake of calls for his removal over statements supporting gay marriage, Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady reflects on the last few years at the helm of the state party and says he's not ruling a bid for another term. "I feel like we're in the process of taking a good hard look at where's the party's at," he says.

     
  • Illinois delegation joins criticism of Akin Aug 20, 2012 8:03 PM
    Republican members of the Illinois congressional delegation - who represent a spectrum of stances on the legality of abortion - are jumping on the bandwagon decrying Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial comments about how women's bodies function during "legitimate" rape.

     
  • Biggert continues to clash with GOP on domestic violence bill May 24, 2012 6:15 PM
    Congresswoman Judy Biggert's first attempt to include language in domestic violence legislation that would ensure protection for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community and undocumented immigrants failed. On Thursday, she met with a group of local domestic violence experts to try to find ways to get those protections back into the legislation, which will likely end up in a conference committee. This push marks a significant break from the GOP party for Biggert.

     
  • GOP fighting itself to stay on 11th Congressional ballot Jan 11, 2012 5:26 PM
    It's possible there will be no Republican candidates for the 11th Congressional District race by the end of this month.

     
  • Kane clerk to officially enter Congressional race Nov 17, 2011 4:42 PM
    Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said Thursday he'll file his petitions to enter the 11th Congressional District race on Nov. 28. Cunningham will run in a GOP primary against Judy Biggert. The race will also feature former Congressman Bill Foster in a district drawn by Democrats.

     
  • Trade deals will promote job growth Oct 19, 2011 5:00 AM
    Rep. Judy Biggert: Trade agreements lower prices for U.S. consumers and open new markets for our goods. Illinois is among the first to benefit, especially in my suburban congressional district where over 64,000 people are employed through exports.

     
  • Suburban, Illinois leaders react to Obama's speech Sep 8, 2011 11:54 PM
    Elected leaders from the suburbs and Illinois react to President Barack Obama's speech and his $447 billion plan to bring jobs to the country.

     
  • Suburban reps play key roles in debt ceiling storm Aug 2, 2011 6:02 AM
    With hours to go before a government debt default, Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton was walking the marble halls of Congress trying to sway votes, but two members of Illinois' suburban GOP delegation stood firm: Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren.

     
  • ’Burbs flex muscle in new congressional map Jun 6, 2011 5:32 AM
    Thanks to Democratic state lawmakers, a Cubs fan who lives in Addison can head more than two dozen miles east to Wrigley Field at Addison and Sheffield in Chicago, never leaving his congressional district. That’s if Gov. Pat Quinn approves a new congressional map.

     
  • Congressional map sent to Quinn amid GOP protests May 31, 2011 9:00 PM
    A new congressional map — stretching and skewing a number of traditional Republican strongholds in the suburbs — is sent to Gov. Pat Quinn's desk.

     
  • Suburban legislators react to bin Laden's death May 2, 2011 6:50 PM
    Congressional representatives from the suburbs react to bin Laden's death and look ahead to what will happen next.

     
  • What your Congressman's office space says about them Apr 18, 2011 10:59 AM
    Outside each congressman's Washington, D.C., office are the same American flag and welcome sign. But inside, the personalities of the men and women who suburban voters elected to represent them are on display.

     
  • Biggert, Kirk say deal's good, let’s look ahead Apr 8, 2011 11:39 PM
    Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk called the process “overly dramatic,” and Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Naperville said the federal budget cuts made Friday night should have been made last year.

     
  • At the leadership table, Roskam keeps suburban focus Mar 28, 2011 6:27 PM
    Wheaton's Peter Roskam, Republican chief deputy whip and Illinois' 6th District representative, tests his skills as a leader, as the GOP-controlled House tries to cut the federal budget. It's a test that has Roskam poised for even greater power — depending on his performance.

     
  • U.S. House votes to kill a paperwork rule in health care law Mar 4, 2011 6:00 AM
    Suburban businesses may not have to worry about mounds of paperwork required by the federal health care reform law, as a measure to kill that portion of it passed the House Thursday. “I was very excited about the repeal,” said U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert, a Hinsdale Republican.

     
  • Hultgren stands out with “no” vote against Patriot Act extension Feb 9, 2011 6:55 PM
    In keeping with the goal of reducing the size of the federal government, a freshman congressman from Winfield was one of just 26 Republican representatives who broke from their party and voted against extending provisions of the Patriot Act.

     
  • GOP takes over, new Illinois Congressmen step up Jan 5, 2011 7:40 PM
    A chess-like Republican strategy is in the works, with the suburbs serving as key turf in advancing the party’s power legislatively and politically on a national scale. Moves one and two: Four young Republican congressmen, representing various ends of the conservative spectrum, ousted Democratic incumbents in Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will counties.

     
  • Low-income seniors to get housing help under Biggert’s bill Jan 1, 2011 2:08 PM
    Legislation that will provide more suburban low-income seniors with affordable housing options has passed both houses of Congress. Co-sponsored by Hinsdale Rep. Judy Biggert, the Supportive Housing for the Elderly Act allows the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to dole out funds to remodel low-income housing for seniors. The legislation, which is awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature, also makes it easier for owners to convert properties into housing for low-income seniors. The legislation has been in the works since 2007. Biggert calls it “the product of nearly four years of bipartisan collaboration and expert professionals,” many of them from the suburbs. Michael Frigo, vice president of Mayslake Village, says the new law will help the Oak Brook campus convert 100 outdated 300-square-foot efficiency apartments into 50 larger, more modern one-bedroom apartments. The efficiency apartments, smaller than some dorm rooms, were built in the 60s and “in desperate need of remodeling,” Frigo said. Senior residents of the campus, many of whom have limited mobility, find the efficiency units, smaller than some dorm rooms, too cramped to live in, Frigo said. “We get five to 10 calls about housing a day. But this got to the point, because they were so small people said I can’t possibly live in this. Everything else we have on campus is one bedroom.” Frigo said Biggert has “spearheaded the project from day 1,” working closely to hear the needs of seniors on campus. Along with the housing legislation allowing for remodeling funds, Congress also passed the Frank Melville Supportive Housing Investment Act. Also co-sponsored by Biggert, it reauthorizes the housing and urban development department’s Section 811 program, which provides affordable supportive housing vouchers for people with disabilities. The legislation is expected to provide funding to triple the number of such housing units built with federal dollars; speed up that process, and provide incentives to nonprofit and for-profit agencies to partner on such projects.

     
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