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  • Duckworth, Kaifesh spar over U.S. business environment Sep 18, 2014 8:17 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth last month compared companies that move operations overseas for lower taxes to military “deserters,” sparking a debate with Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh over the U.S. business environment, taxes and the economy.

     
  • Schneider, Dold to appear Tuesday at Stevenson High School Sep 18, 2014 4:22 PM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield and Republican challenger Robert Dold of Kenilworth are scheduled to appear Tuesday at Stevenson HS. The event is open to the public.

     
  • Durbin vs. Oberweis debate set Sep 18, 2014 7:39 PM
    It's unclear if they'll wear costumes but one things for certain, the two candidates for U.S. Senate will clash Oct. 29 in Chicago. Incumbent Dick Durbin and rival Jim Oberweis will go head to head at a debate sponsored by WTTW and the City Club of Chicago.

     
  • Schneider gets endorsement from union that backed Dold in 2012 Sep 16, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Illinois Education Association, a labor union for teachers, has changed horses and endorsed U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider in his re-election bid against former congressman Robert Dold. The union backed Dold two years ago when he lost to Schneider in a close race.

     
  • Durbin denies 'bullying' Illinois businesses Sep 16, 2014 5:47 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is unabashedly defending his name-calling and other attacks on Illinois businesses looking to locate their headquarters overseas — moves his Republican challenger has described as “bullying” and the kind of anti-business behavior that's hampering the state's economic recovery.

     
  • Oberweis acknowledges Senate hurdles Sep 10, 2014 6:32 PM
    Dairy entrepreneur Jim Oberweis says his proposal to raise the minimum wage for U.S. workers aged 26 and older is a search for middle ground on one of the hottest issues in the 2014 election, even if it contradicts the position of fellow business executives and Republicans whose support he needs in a longshot bid against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

     
  • Candidates for Congress will meet on TV next month Sep 6, 2014 7:15 AM
    Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth and Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield will appear for a joint interview on WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” Oct. 22. And Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville will appear Oct. 23 with Republican challenger Darlene Senger of Naperville.

     
  • Dueling TV ads hit the air for Dold, Schneider Sep 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Dueling TV ads have hit the air in the suburbs' highest-profile battle for Congress as U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider tries to outline his Democratic Party credentials with voters and Republican Bob Dold tries to strike a more middle-of-the-road tone.

     
  • Pregnancy rare for member of Congress Sep 3, 2014 9:43 AM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s pregnancy is rare for a member of Congress as the Hoffman Estates Democrat is set to be the 10th sitting federal lawmaker in history to give birth.

     
  • Schakowsky: House GOP to blame for gridlock Aug 27, 2014 9:19 PM
    Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said she is pushing for an increase of the federal minimum wage and believes the nation's intelligence community was caught offguard by the rise of new terror groups in Iraq recently. She made these statements during an endorsement interview with the Daily Herald's editorial board.

     
  • Roskam talks tax reform, health care, immigration in St. Charles Aug 26, 2014 6:51 PM
    Congressman Peter Roskam shared his views on tax reform, the president's health care law and immigration reform with an audience of local businesses leaders in St. Charles Tuesday.

     
  • Hultgren hears about Common Core pitfalls during roundtable Aug 26, 2014 5:30 AM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren still has concerns about Common Core standards coming to Illinois. But having accepted Illinois' embrace of Common Core, he hosted a discussion Monday night about how to avoid major problems with the implementation.

     
  • Roskam hires wounded veteran in West Chicago office Aug 22, 2014 5:04 PM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, says he’s hired an Army veteran who was badly injured in an Afghanistan explosion to work on veterans issues. Retired Sgt. Shane Scherer was seriously injured in a 2009 explosion at his base in Afghanistan and will work out of Roskam’s West Chicago office.

     
  • Kirk says Duckworth’s ‘deserter’ comment overblown Aug 15, 2014 12:08 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth for saying a company that leaves the country to lower its tax burden is a “deserter.”“If we use comments like ‘deserter’ and ‘traitor,’ that normally those crimes have capital punishment consequences, I would say that that rhetoric is probably too overblown for a country that wants to stick together and hang together,” Kirk said.

     
  • Duckworth: Company that leaves U.S. is a ‘deserter’ Aug 13, 2014 5:06 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, Wednesday compared companies that want to move some operations overseas to lessen their tax burdens to soldiers that abandon their units. “I’m an old soldier at heart and let me tell you, we have a word for people who abandon their nation, who change their allegiance. and there’s nothing worse than a deserter,” Duckworth said.

     
  • Boehner campaigns for Illinois Republicans Aug 5, 2014 6:03 PM
    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is campaigning for Illinois Republicans in tight races this fall. Boehner was in Bolingbook Monday for a fundraiser for state Rep. Darlene Senger, who’s challenging Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster on Nov. 4.

     
  • Campaigns working to get people to vote early, by mail Aug 1, 2014 5:21 AM
    Labor Day and the unofficial open of campaign season is still a month away, but one potentially big and new strategy in politicians' campaigns for votes starts next week. Wednesday — about 90 days before Election Day — is the first day eager voters can start requesting ballots to vote by mail. And campaigns are developing strategies to capitalize from the new headstart.

     
  • Hultgren holds meeting on reducing backlog of veteran claims Jul 18, 2014 5:21 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren sorted through gripes with various veterans groups about the quality of services they receive through the government Friday. Chief among the complaints is an average three year waiting time to work through the appeals process when benefits are denied. One interesting proposal involved a process that defaults in favor of the veteran if the appeal isn't handled in a timely fashion.

     
  • Republicans have some catching up to do in suburban races, monetarily speaking Jul 15, 2014 5:15 PM
    Incumbent Democrats in the suburbs’ three biggest races for Congress are heading toward November with sometimes sizable cash advantages Republicans challengers will have to try to overcome, reports filed Tuesday show.

     
  • Singer Pat Boone backs suburban Republican Jul 8, 2014 4:01 PM
    Legendary singer Pat Boone, famous for hit songs in the 1950s and 1960s, praised Republican Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville for Congress Tuesday on behalf of a national organization for seniors. “I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Larry Kaifesh,” Boone said.

     
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