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  • Dold, Schneider engage over VA wait times May 30, 2014 5:02 AM
    The scandal brewing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over veterans' health care has made it to the suburbs' highest-profile race for Congress. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield for, he said, not being vocal enough about the lengthy wait times faced by some veterans at VA hospitals.

     
  • Duckworth to lead Chicago’s Memorial Day parade May 23, 2014 6:16 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is the grand marshal of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. The festivities begin with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Daley Plaza. The parade will follow at noon along State Street.

     
  • Duckworth criticizes opponent over endorsement May 23, 2014 5:40 PM
    Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign Friday criticized her Republican opponent Larry Kaifesh over his upcoming endorsement by former congressman Allen West.

     
  • Duckworth joins Roskam on Benghazi committee May 21, 2014 4:36 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, has been named to the special committee charged with investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Duckworth will join U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, on the panel.

     
  • Hoffman Estates student wins Congressional art contest May 20, 2014 1:40 PM
    A senior at Hoffman Estates High School is the winner of the 2014 U.S. House art competition in the 8th Congressional District. Marco Gomez was chosen as the winner for his piece titled “Winter Solitude.” It will be displayed in the United States Capitol.

     
  • Congressman gives low priority to immigration, minimum wage May 15, 2014 11:01 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren faced questions about immigration reform, Russia's threats regarding the International Space Station and healthcare reform at a Batavia luncheon Thursday.

     
  • Anderson seeks to force Hultgren into public debate May 13, 2014 4:19 PM
    In an effort to force U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren to debate, Democrat Dennis Anderson announced a series of town-hall meetings on key issues.

     
  • U.S. Reps plan Medicare discussion with local seniors Tuesday May 8, 2014 4:12 PM
    U.S. Reps. Brad Schneider, Jan Schakowsky and Tammy Duckworth will host a “Keeping Medicare Healthy” discussion with local seniors and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

     
  • Could a court end red light cameras? May 8, 2014 6:15 PM
    Will an Illinois Supreme Court case eliminate red light cameras for good? The argument against them will sound familiar. Democratic U.S. Rep.Bill Foster of Naperville, one of Congress’ only scientists, weighs in on the global warming report from this week. And Greg Baise says special interests are bad, except his.

     
  • New national brain science building named after former suburban congressman May 4, 2014 4:54 PM
    More than a dozen years after he left his northern suburban congressional seat, the National Institutes of Health has named major brain science building after former Republican U.S. Rep. John Porter.

     
  • Lake County boards could get more firing power May 2, 2014 5:38 AM
    A proposal approved by an Illinois House committee Thursday would let suburban county boards create codes of ethics to guide the actions of appointed boards like the Lake County Housing Authority and others throughout the suburbs.

     
  • Roskam: Human trafficking a growing threat in suburbs Apr 24, 2014 7:02 PM
    Human trafficking — both in terms of labor and sex — is becoming more prevalent in the suburbs, and legislators and law enforcement officials say they’re taking steps to fight it. Elected officials joined suburban police to learn about what more can be done to address the problem. “It (human trafficking) is happening in the suburbs,” Rep. Peter Roskam said. “It is happening in ways that should be apparent to us, but we don’t even see it.”

     
  • Blagojevich makes one final campaign donation Apr 18, 2014 5:16 AM
    More than a decade after he served in Congress and two years into his prison sentence, Rod Blagojevich’s federal campaign account made its final donation this week. In closing down, the federal fund Friends of Rod Blagojevich gave $709.85 to the Serbian Orthodox Church’s New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake on April 14.

     
  • Durbin banks more than $6 million for re-election bid Apr 16, 2014 4:49 PM
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has banked more than $6 million for his 2014 re-election campaign. Durbin faces Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove in November. Durbin’s campaign released a summary Wednesday of its most recent campaign finance filing. The full report, which was due on Tuesday, has not yet been processed and posted online by the Federal Election Commission. Durbin’s campaign says the Senate’s No. 2 Democrat has raised about $1.4 million from more than 8,400 donors since he announced last fall that he would seek his fourth term. That includes about $771,000 raised in the first three months of 2014. Oberweis’ report also had not been posted online as of Wednesday. The dairy magnate and money manager didn’t immediately return a phone message.

     
  • Duckworth visits Elgin for app challenge Apr 16, 2014 5:34 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth visited the Elgin Technology Center in downtown Elgin to promote the U.S. House Student App Challenge, which began Feb. 1. As part of the nationwide competition, students create and exhibit their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. “It’s like driving a tank. Make it military and I will understand it,” Duckworth joked. “I could play with this all day.”

     
  • Chapa LaVia apologizes over racial comments Apr 10, 2014 6:09 PM
    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized on the Illinois House floor today for comments she made Wednesday saying Republicans have “a half” minority among them in the chamber.

     
  • Rush says he’s being investigated by ethics group Apr 9, 2014 10:55 PM
    Congressman Bobby Rush says the Office of Congressional Ethics is targeting him with an investigation that he says is based on published reports questioning spending by his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant.

     
  • Congressional art contest accepting entries Apr 1, 2014 4:50 PM
    Submissions are now being accepted for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition, U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s office announced Tuesday. High school students who reside or attend school in the 8th Congressional District may participate.

     
  • Hultgren unveils proposed solutions to heroin problem Mar 31, 2014 5:56 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren unveiled a preliminary list of solutions for what federal, state and local leaders can do to address a growing problem with heroin use. The suggestions came from a recent brainstorming panel Hultgren hosted with more than 50 leaders involved in the drug war.

     
  • Kirk vows to help end cyber bullying Mar 29, 2014 6:02 PM
    Sen. Mark Kirk said he will launch a public service video, and make a Top 10 list of the most dangerous apps that lead to cyberbullying. He met Saturday with about 20 high school students who talked about how the dangerous practice is rising. “My colleagues, who are 50 plus, have no idea what Yik Yak or Snap Chat are, and we have to make them aware of their dangers,” Kirk said.

     
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