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  • 6th Congressional candidates clash on immigration Oct 27, 2014 12:09 PM
    Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam knows that immigration reform needs to occur, but he wants to see it occur in well-thought out steps. His challenger for the 6th Congressional District seat, however, Democrat Michael Mason, said if Congress continues to stall reform he believes President Barack Obama should utilize his executive powers to move it forward.

  • Schneider, Dold talk immigration and jobs at North Chicago forum Oct 27, 2014 5:30 AM
    Immigration reform and jobs were front and center Sunday at a candidates forum featuring the two nominees in the hotly contested 10th Congressional District race, Republican challenger Bob Dold and Democrat incumbent U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider. Lake County sheriff's candidates also spoke at the forum in North Chicago.

  • Duckworth has 10 times the money, but Kaifesh says he’s got the message Oct 26, 2014 8:00 AM
    Congressional candidate Larry Kaifesh knew he was taking on an opponent with strong name recognition in Tammy Duckworth, and so remains undaunted by the fact her campaign funding is nearly 10 times the amount he’s been able to raise over the past year.

  • Dold blasts Schneider after accusation about Lake Michigan oil drilling vote Oct 26, 2014 1:07 AM
    Time and again, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider has accused Republican challenger Robert Dold of voting to allow oil drilling in Lake Michigan when Dold served in Congress. Dold has repeatedly called the allegation ludicrious, saying the vote in question isn't what Schneider claims it to be.

  • Sex slavery rampant in the suburbs, experts say Oct 24, 2014 1:35 PM
    Sex slavery is rampant in the suburbs and Chicago, say FBI agents and victims advocates. About 25,000 women and underage girls are trafficked in, around and through local neighborhoods each year. "The people responsible for these crimes are the pimps and johns and those making money from the slaves,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren. "It's a local problem."

  • 14th Congressional District candidates cite debt, dysfunction as top woes Oct 24, 2014 7:35 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren says the biggest problem facing the nation is out-of-control debt, but he thinks it can be addressed with some long-term planning. His Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson, said congressional dysfunction and gridlock is the biggest problem facing the nation. He's advocating compromise.

  • Women’s issues cause tension for Foster, Senger Oct 23, 2014 8:51 PM
    Democratic incumbent Bill Foster and Republican challenger Darlene Senger trade jabs in Naperville over women's rights issues.

  • Durbin, Oberweis interested in finding O'Hare noise solutions Oct 22, 2014 5:34 AM
    Can a U.S. senator give folks stressed by O'Hare jet noise relief? Candidates Dick Durbin and Jim Oberweis explain what they could do. And, with limited cash in his war chest, tonight's debate is a big chance for Oberweis to get his message out for free.

  • 11th hopefuls discuss foreign policy, environment Oct 22, 2014 11:29 PM
    With election season heating up, the two candidates for the U.S. 11th Congressional District seat have grown accustomed to debating popular topics such as immigration, healthcare and changes to the tax code.During a forum at Congregation Beth Shalom in Naperville Wednesday, however, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster and his challenger, Republican State Rep. Darlene Senger, had a chance to offer their viewpoints on some less discussed items, such as international relations and environmental issues.

  • Oberweis, Durbin go into — and leave — debate swinging Oct 22, 2014 9:29 PM
    Who landed a body blow during a debate Wednesday between Jim Oberweis and Dick Durbin? It was a scrappy exchange between the Senate's No. 2, Durbin, and his Republican challenger Oberweis, a state senator.

  • Dold, Schneider sling mud during last TV debate Oct 22, 2014 9:16 PM
    It didn’t take long for the second and final televised debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold to turn into a verbal brawl.

  • Hundreds fill Vernon Hills gym to see Vice President Joe Biden Oct 23, 2014 1:16 AM
    An estimated 750 people packed the Sullivan Community Center’s gym Wednesday afternoon for Vice President Joe Biden’s appearance, part of a rally for three Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot: U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and Paul Vallas, who’s running for lieutenant governor as Gov. Pat Quinn’s mate. “It’s not something that happens every day,” a resident said.

  • Vernon Hills preparing for Vice President Joe Biden’s visit Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 6:49 PM
    The giggling toddlers and energetic dancers who normally would occupy Vernon Hills’ Sullivan Community Center on Wednesday will make way for a political rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is coming to the center on Aspen Drive in the afternoon to stump for some fellow Democrats on the Nov. 4 ballot.

  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Oct 21, 2014 10:08 AM
    As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to help themselves. For getting out the vote, the issue is “a winner with everybody in our state,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, who said he urged party leaders to put it on the ballot.

  • 14th candidates spar on keeping companies in America Oct 21, 2014 5:50 PM
    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Republican Randy Hultgren believes the United States must follow the examples of the tax codes in foreign nations attracting American corporations to end the phenomenon of corporate inversion. But his opponent, Democrat Dennis Anderson, believes the real problem is corporations putting too much emphasis on increasing shareholder value rather than reinvesting into the company.

  • Schneider, Dold spar over health care, Medicare in televised debate Oct 20, 2014 7:28 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider slammed Republican challenger Robert Dold for repeatedly voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act when he represented the 10th District during a weekend televised debate. But Dold got some licks in, too, accusing Schneider of misleading voters on several issues.

  • Foster, Senger debate gridlock, minimum wage Oct 20, 2014 6:56 PM
    Republican challenger Darlene Senger was on the attack during much of a televised debate in which she called Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster a “do-nothing” candidate. Senger, a state representative from Naperville seeking Foster’s 11th Congressional District seat, said the incumbent hasn’t helped move the country forward since taking the post in 2013.

  • 14th Congressional candidates disagree on how to combat ISIS Oct 18, 2014 7:36 AM
    Randy Hultgren, the incumbent Republican in the 14th Congressional District, wants more congressional input on where and how American military force is used around the globe. But his Democratic challenger, Dennis Anderson, said the U.S. must learn from its "mistakes" in Iraq and Afghanistan by developing something other than a military solution to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

  • Senate hopefuls at odds on minimum wage Oct 17, 2014 5:30 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin didn't buy any meatballs or bookshelves at Ikea in Schaumburg Thursday but he did tout the retailer's move to a higher minimum wage. His opponent in the November election Jim Oberweis has his own plan for low-paid workers.

  • Schneider, Dold to debate -- but only on TV Oct 17, 2014 1:57 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold will discuss the issues facing the nation and the 10th District in two televised debates this week. The matchups are the only instances Dold, of Kenilworth, and Schneider, of Deerfield, will debate face-to-face before the Nov. 4 election. They've appeared at the same events but never on a stage simultaneously.

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