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  • Riopell: Kirk says 2016 opponents have ‘quite a hill to climb’ Nov 21, 2014 6:27 AM
    Eyes now turn to the 2016 election, and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk told Political Editor Mike Riopell he's confident he'll be re-elected. "No way am I going to retire," said Kirk, who'll be in the majority party come January.

     
  • Local leaders react to Obama’s immigration plan Nov 20, 2014 9:22 PM
    Elected leaders representing the suburbs and state reacted to President Obama's speech Thursday that spares roughly 5 million people in the United States illegally from deportation. Obama's executive order protects those who have been in the country illegally for more than five years and have had children here who are U.S. citizens. Congressional Democrats hailed the president's directive, but Republicans have insisted Obama is overstepping his authority.

     
  • U.S. Rep. Duckworth delivers healthy daughter Nov 20, 2014 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has delivered a healthy daughter, her staff says. “My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl. Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey was born on November 18,” she said in a statement. “Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name.

     
  • Crane remembered as conservative pioneer Nov 16, 2014 6:13 AM
    Longtime Congressman Phil Crane, who died Nov. 8, is remembered as a leader in the conservative movement. The Wauconda resident helped develop strategies for conservative Republicans in Congress and stuck to those principles through a 35-year career.

     
  • Suburban women in politics on Jane Byrne as an inspiration Nov 16, 2014 11:10 AM
    Suburban women in politics said Friday they owe a lot to Jane Byrne for making it clear that women, too, could be players in the political arena. “She was an inspiration for me,” former Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins said. “(Her election) gave any woman the idea that it was possible that a woman could be mayor."

     
  • Dold a’going to the freshman dance, again Nov 13, 2014 5:06 PM
    Newly elected Bob Dold arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for freshman orientation, the weeklong look at all you need to know to be a member of Congress. Not many people go through freshman orientation a second time.

     
  • The crew on Nov. 12, 2004 Nov 11, 2014 11:45 AM
    Ten years ago today, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth was piloting a Black Hawk helicopter that was shot down over Iraq. That critical moment cost her both legs and partial use of one arm and launched a career in politics. On the annivesary, she and her former crew members talk in detail about what happened in Iraq and their journeys over the past decade.

     
  • What is Duckworth’s future in politics? Nov 11, 2014 6:44 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth signature TV ad in her campaign for re-election featured Black Hawk helicopters flying and focused on legislation to help veterans. “I used to fly to work at 140 mph,” she says in the spot. Being a veteran is a key part of Duckworth’s political identity and one that can appeal to independent voters as she pursues politics in the future. Yet, her own history shows it doesn’t make her immune to political defeat,

     
  • NAMI walk raises $1000,00 to help those with mental illness Nov 11, 2014 4:20 PM
    More than 600 people came with their dogs to NAMIWalks, a 5K walk sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness–Cook County North Suburban. The walk was on Saturday, Oct. 18., in Blue Star Memorial Woods, Glenview Woods, and Harms Woods in Glenview.

     
  • Dan Milberg’s account of Nov. 12, 2004 Nov 12, 2014 12:41 PM
    Pilot in command Dan Milberg wrote this account several days after a Black Hawk helicopter carrying him, Tammy Duckworth, Kurt Hanneman and Chris Fierce was forced down by a rocket-propelled grenade in Iraq.

     
  • How two helicopter crews got Duckworth out of Iraq Nov 12, 2014 12:33 PM
    In a damaged Black Hawk helicopter in enemy territory in Iraq, Tammy Duckworth and her crew were easy targets. The person who fired the rocket-propelled grenade could not be more than a half mile away, and three of the four crew members were injured, Duckworth severely. “I am a warrior and a member of a team,” says the Soldier's Creed. Together, they all made it out.

     
  • 10 years after losing her legs, Duckworth returns to flying Nov 13, 2014 5:49 AM
    “When I got back in a helicopter, it felt like home.” Ten years after she lost her legs when a rocket-propelled grenade hit her helicopter in Iraq, Tammy Duckworth is beginning to fly again. This has been a year of many changes for Duckworth, who said she misses being a soldier but finds strength in her friendship with the soldiers who saved her life.

     
  • The day Capt. Tammy Duckworth was shot down Nov 14, 2014 11:04 AM
    "We were almost home." Captain Tammy Duckworth and her crew were minutes from their base in Balad, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade hit their Black Hawk helicopter and forced it down in enemy territory on Nov. 12, 2004. It was 10 years ago today when Duckworth lost her both legs and partial use of one arm and launched a career in politics. This is the story of that critical moment and of the soldiers who saved her life.

     
  • Longtime suburban congressman Phil Crane dies Nov 10, 2014 11:52 AM
    Phil Crane, the former longtime suburban congressman and Republican icon who once ran for president, has died. Crane was 84 and had been battling lung cancer.

     
  • Duckworth reflects on Election Day, pending motherhood Nov 5, 2014 5:00 PM
    Fresh off her re-election victory Tuesday night, 8th District Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates visited her favorite hometown restaurant Wednesday to cap off a personal election tradition and talk with local constituents. Duckworth said she and her husband will now turn their attention to the impending arrival of their baby daughter.

     
  • How did Robert Dold win back the 10th District seat? Nov 5, 2014 4:47 PM
    Just hours after claiming victory in one of the most-watched legislative races in the nation, Congressman-elect Robert Dold greeted early-morning commuters Wednesday at the Ogilvie Transporation Center in Chicago to thank them for their support. The reasons for Dold’s win included there was no Democratic voting surge similar to the support for President Obama’s re-election, Republicans often fare better during midterm elections and Dold had more support from people who cast ballots before Election Day.

     
  • Quigley wins easily in Congress Dist. 5 Nov 5, 2014 12:28 AM
    As expected, incumbent Congressman Mike Quigley breezed to an easy victory Tuesday night in Illinois’ 5th Congressional District. With just over 90 percent of the vote counted in unofficial totals, Quigley had 98,873 votes or 64 percent of the vote.

     
  • Durbin re-elected, says race was toughest of his career Nov 5, 2014 12:14 AM
    Dick Durbin won re-election to his U.S. Senate seat but called the campaign the toughest of his career. He held 53 percent of the vote over Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Libertarian Sharon Hansen.

     
  • Hultgren trounces Anderson in 14th Congressional race Nov 5, 2014 1:23 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren has a comfortable lead over Dennis Anderson in the 14th Congressional race Tuesday night.

     
  • Foster holds on to 11th Congressional seat Nov 5, 2014 12:17 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster defeated Republican challenger Darlene Senger Tuesday and will keep his 11th Congressional District seat. Senger, a state representative from Naperville, conceded shortly before 10:30 p.m. and Foster spoke with cheering supporters a few minutes later.

     
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