Articles filed under 8th Congressional District

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  • Foster: Stop cutting heroin addiction help Feb 7, 2014 4:11 PM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat, took to the House floor this week to criticize cuts to federal money used to fight heroin abuse in the same week award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from an apparent overdose this week.

  • 8th District GOP hopefuls compare credentials Feb 5, 2014 5:37 AM
    8th Congressional District Republican candidates Larry Kaifesh and Manju Goel share many of the same takes on the issues facing the nation, so their contest for the GOP nomination and the right to take on incumbent U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth may come down to personal credentials.

  • Schaumburg teacher awed at State of Union Jan 29, 2014 3:18 PM
    Even as Schaumburg science teacher Michelle Burke was waiting to take off from Washington D.C. Wednesday morning, she was still coming down from her once-in-a-lifetime experience of watching President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address in person the night before. “I just sat there the whole time awe-inspired,” Burke said.

  • Suburban members of Congress on State of the Union Jan 28, 2014 11:11 PM
    What suburban lawmakers said about the State of the Union address.

  • Schaumburg science teacher invited to State of the Union Jan 22, 2014 7:11 PM
    Michelle Burke never thought teaching science and running a technology education program at Addams Junior High School would earn her a seat at the State of the Union address on Capitol Hill. But Burke will be the guest of 8th District Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth at next Tuesday’s presidential address in Washington, D.C.

  • 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.

  • Editorial: An election system set up to help incumbents Jan 13, 2014 7:59 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial argues that election rules should make it easy for candidates to get on the ballot, not unnecessarily hard.

  • GOP Senate primary race down to two Jan 9, 2014 1:58 PM
    Members of the Illinois State Board of Elections today removed two Republicans running for U.S. Senate from the March primary ballot.The vote to remove Republicans Armen Alvarez of Chicago and William Lee of Rockton was quick and unanimous. Neither had the 5,000 petition signatures needed to run for U.S. Senate in the March 18 primary.

  • Duckworth to host Hanover Park veterans forum Dec 19, 2013 5:04 PM
    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth will host a veterans forum Friday afternoon in Hanover Park, officials said. The forum at village hall is an opportunity for veterans to speak with Duckworth, a Democrat from Hoffman Estates, and ask her any questions they might have, officials said.

  • Duckworth: Signing up for insurance took 8 hours Dec 16, 2013 6:09 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, said she’s happy with the health insurance plan she bought through the federal exchange but said she felt the same technological pain as a lot of people trying to do the same.

  • The politics, money behind keeping HQs in suburbs Dec 13, 2013 5:43 AM
    Two years ago this month, state lawmakers finalized a package of state and local tax breaks for Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp., answering the question about whether that company would flee Illinois but raising questions about how future requests would be handled. This week, the new Office Depot Inc. announced it would eventually leave the OfficeMax headquarters in Naperville for Florida, where Office Depot already had its home base.

  • 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.

  • GOP hopeful in 11th district defends supporting Obama, Blago Nov 15, 2013 9:29 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.

  • Carpentersville colonel enters GOP primary for Congress Nov 4, 2013 2:33 PM
    Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, a colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, announced today he’ll enter the GOP primary race to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates.

  • Goel shows big early fundraising in 8th District Oct 18, 2013 10:12 AM
    Republican Manju Goel of Aurora raises $200,000 in her bid to take on Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates. And Republican state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale contributes to a group trying to draft an opponent for state Rep. Ed Sullivan of Mundelein over his support of same-sex marriage. Find that and more in Political Editor Mike Riopell's Suburban Political Recount column.

  • 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.

  • The Soapbox Oct 12, 2013 5:00 AM
    Here's what Daily Herald editors have to say about football moms, local street repairs, and the ups and downs of social media, among other topics.

  • Why was Illinois Capitol on 'SNL'? And more politics Oct 11, 2013 5:32 AM
    The new Illinois House Republican leadership team brings a few new suburban lawmakers onto the squad and leaves another out, Political Editor Mike Riopell notes in his Suburban Political Recount column. And was that the Illinois Capitol doing a cameo on "Saturday Night Live"?

  • Republican congressional candidate voted in Democratic primaries Oct 10, 2013 2:00 PM
    Republican candidate for Congress Manju Goel of Aurora, the first GOP challenger to U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth to emerge publicly, voted in Democratic primaries in 2008 and 2012, election officials confirmed.

  • While shutdown loomed, so did fundraising deadline Oct 1, 2013 7:39 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.

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