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  • Arlington season's fate rests with lawmakers Jan 24, 2014 8:23 AM
    If you're watching Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech Wednesday and see some lawmakers in the crowd nervously checking their watches, it might not be just because he's been talking too long. Lawmakers have a very tight deadline to extend a law that would let the Illinois Racing Board recoup the money it needs to regulate a full horse racing season.

  • Local lawmakers back budget plan, tout local gains Jan 16, 2014 9:32 AM
    Suburban federal lawmakers of both parties unanimously backed the budget plan approved by Congress Wednesday, praising what they called an imperfect compromise. “As any football fan knows, you don't just score on perfect 50-yard passes, you work your way to the end zone running the ball for three yards and a cloud of dust,” U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, said.

  • Local lawmakers divided on federal budget deal Dec 12, 2013 7:58 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.

  • Elgin tech center offers “Hour of Code” Dec 9, 2013 6:03 PM
    The Elgin Technology Center participated Monday in a national initiative that encourages students to learn how to write code. An “Hour of Code” event was held at the new home for the tech center on Riverside Drive. Participants included U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and Elgin City Council member Terry Gavin.

  • Hultgren wins approval for banking bill Oct 30, 2013 6:00 PM
    The U.S. House Wednesday approved legislation from Rep. Randy Hultgren that would allow banks to offer certain complex financial tools that reforms following the 2008 financial crisis sought to strip from them. Hultgren argues the particular investment instruments shouldn’t have been targeted by sweeping reforms that followed bank bailouts because local businesses can use them to manage risk.

  • Roskam votes 'yes,' Hultgren 'no' to deal Oct 17, 2013 8:09 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.

  • Dennis Hastert: 'Life went on' after last shutdown Oct 4, 2013 5:26 AM
    As the federal government shutdown heads into its first weekend, former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert reflected on the last time it happened — a three-week shutdown that lasted until early 1996. “Life went on. It was the Christmas holiday,” Hastert said. “You can cut a lot out of government without bothering people."

  • Hultgren's dilemma: Derail Obamacare or keep government running Sep 30, 2013 12:50 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren says he is deeply torn between two mandates from his constituents: Fighting Obamacare and keeping the federal government open for business. He may be forced to choose between them this week.

  • Suburban members of Congress sound off on Syria Sep 11, 2013 8:19 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.

  • Rep. Hultgren says border security is first step to immigration reform Aug 31, 2013 8:00 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren said this week he will not support the Senate's immigration reform bill, saying increased border security must come first. “I see the engine of this immigration ship not working,” said Hultgren, a Winfield Republican. “The bureaucracy is failing. But I also see on the ship that we’ve got a leak — we don’t know who is coming in and out across our borders.

  • Hultgren says U.S. should intervene in Syria Aug 28, 2013 8:32 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren said Tuesday he does support some form of U.S. intervention in Syria, but he stopped short of backing a missile strike until he sees more details. He said the time for threats is over. “We’ve got to respond,” Hultgren said. “The threats, or the line in the sand hasn’t worked. So something has got to happen.”

  • Some locals still fighting Common Core Aug 18, 2013 2:50 PM
    The Common Core State Standards for reading and math are already here. Illinois adopted them in 2010 and districts have spent the last few years shifting their curricula to line up. Starting this school year, kids will be assessed based on their mastery of the new standards. But parents haven’t stopped fighting back.

  • New curriculum standards change suburban classrooms Aug 19, 2013 1:20 PM
    Evan Borkowski’s 8th grade math class at Algonquin Middle School doesn’t look the same as it did last year. He arranged his students’ desks differently and changed up his lesson plans. This is the first year Borkowski and his fellow math teachers in Community Unit District 300 will tailor their curriculum to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

  • Democrat Anderson will run for Hultgren’s seat Aug 15, 2013 6:00 PM
    Democrat Dennis Anderson of Gurnee is planning a second run for the congressional seat now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield.

  • Democrats, Independents start new political action group Jul 30, 2013 3:03 PM
    Progressives in the Illinois 14th Congressional District recently formed a new organization. Now registered as a political action group named Democrats and Independents for the Fourteenth, the organization is working to coordinate efforts across the district.

  • Hastert goes to the mat to reinstate Olympic wrestling May 2, 2013 9:07 PM
    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert spoke before the Illinois House and Senate Thursday to urge the International Olympic Committee to add wrestling back to the Olympic Games.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • Time to re-evaluate, rebuild GOP Nov 15, 2012 4:40 AM
    A Winfield letter to the editor: We as a party have to re-evaluate our strategies and our messaging, and we must find ways to increase our voter pool. These are healthy debates and I am looking forward to being part of those debates and helping to rebuild the Republican Party.

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