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  • Editorial: An election system set up to help incumbentsJan 13, 2014 12:00 AM
    A Daily Herald editorial argues that election rules should make it easy for candidates to get on the ballot, not unnecessarily hard.

  • Randy Hultgren

    Local congressional leaders struggling with Syria Sep 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Suburban members of Congress have as varied opinions on Syria as many Americans do. Local congressional leaders are not necessarily following party lines, either. “He will carefully weigh all of the options," said the spokesman for Rep. Randy Hultgren of Winfield. “He believes any action should be a limited and targeted response," Rep. Bill Foster of Naperville said.

  • Robert Dold

    Dold being recruited by top GOP to run again in 10th Apr 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Congressman Bob Dold is being actively recruited by top GOP officials to make another bid for Congress. National Republican Committee Chair Greg Walden told the Daily Herald that he's "hopeful" the Kenilworth Republican will run in 2014 for the North Suburban 10th Congressional District seat he lost to Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider.

  • Robin Kelly celebrates her special primary election win for Illinois' 2nd Congressional District, once held by Jesse Jackson Jr., over Debbie Halvorson, and Anthony Beale Tuesday in Matteson. After a primary campaign dominated by gun control and economic woes, voters chose Kelly, the likely replacement for Jesse Jackson Jr. Tuesday, three months after his legal troubles and battle with depression forced the son of the civil rights leader to resign from Congress.

    Anti-gun Democrat a shoo-in to replace Jackson Jr. Feb 27, 2013 12:00 AM
    The newly elected Democratic nominee to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. vowed to become a leader in the fight for federal gun control and directly challenged the National Rifle Association in her victory speech. But it remains to be seen whether Robin Kelly's primary win Tuesday in the Chicago-area district will affect the national debate.

  • GOP side of primary too close to call Feb 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    With 97 percent of precincts reporting in the Chicago-area 2nd Congressional District, only a few votes separated Republicans Paul McKinley of Chicago and Eric Wallace of Flossmoor.

  •  Former state Rep. Robin Kelly finds a supporter in Yolanda Stratton as she campaigns Tuesday at an IHOP in Matteson.

    Kelly wins primary in ex-Rep. Jackson’s district Feb 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s super PAC. The nomination all but assures that she’ll sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the district is overwhelmingly Democratic.

  • Anthony Beale

    Turnout expected to be low in congressional primary Feb 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    Candidates for Jesse Jackson Jr.’s former congressional seat made their final push for votes Monday ahead of a high-stakes primary, but turnout was expected to be paltry despite the lurid headlines surrounding the disgraced Chicago Democrat and millions in outside super PAC money driven largely by the guns debate.

  • Bloomberg defends anti-gun ads in congressional race Feb 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending his SuperPAC's anti-gun ads in the Chicago-area district of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Bloomberg says the country needs sensible guns laws. His Independence USA PAC has run commercials targeting Democratic candidate Debbie Halvorson for past high ratings from the National Rifle Association.

  • Debbie Halvorson

    Halvorson upset over SuperPAC money Feb 18, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Congressman Debbie Halvorson is blasting another top candidate in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. over superPAC money. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Independence USA has run ads that target Halvorson.

  •  Then-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, then-Chicago Alderman Sandi Jackson, applaud as President Barack Obama is introduced at Ford Motor Co. plant in Chicago in 2010.

    Jackson Jr. and wife will plead guilty Feb 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    In a spectacular fall from political prominence, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife agreed Friday to plead guilty to federal charges growing out of what prosecutors said was a scheme to use $750,000 in campaign funds for lavish personal expenses, including a $43,000 gold watch and furs.

  •  Former state Rep. Robin Kelly is running to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. A special election will be held Feb. 26.

    Congressmen endorse Kelly for Jackson’s seat Feb 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Two Democratic Chicago congressmen have endorsed Robin Kelly in the race to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Other candidates in the running are former Congressman Debbie Halvorson, state Sen. Toi Hutchinson and Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale.

  •  Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Sources: Jesse Jackson Jr. signs plea deal Feb 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in a plea deal connected to a federal investigation in which the former congressman is accused of misusing campaign funds, according to sources close to the investigation. Jackson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud and false statements, the sources said. Federal prosecutors are recommending a 5-year maximum sentence.

  •  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, left, and Democratic congressional hopeful Anthony Beale share a light moment at a news conference Thursday in Chicago. Dart endorses the Chicago alderman in his bid to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District.

    Dart endorses Chicago alderman for Congress Feb 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart threw his support behind Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale on Thursday in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a boost for Beale as he tries to emerge from a crowded field of candidates.

  • Union endorses Hutchinson for congressional seat Feb 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former state Rep. Toi Hutchinson has received a labor endorsement in her bid to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the U.S. House. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees endorsed Hutchinson on Friday. The special primary election is Feb. 26.

  • Harris drops bid for Jackson Jr.’s old seat Jan 30, 2013 12:00 AM
    Freshman state Sen. Napoleon Harris has dropped his bid for former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat and is putting his support behind former state Rep. Robin Kelly.

  •  Joe Walsh

    Walsh to hold statewide meetings before announcing plans Jan 9, 2013 12:00 AM
    Former Congressman Joe Walsh said today that he plans to travel around Illinois for the next several months, holding meetings with voters before announcing his political future. "There's a huge group of people that want to do something about the dire situation in the state," Walsh said.

  •  Members of the 113th Congress, many accompanied by family members, take the oath of office Thursday in the House of Representatives chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    White House, GOP draw red lines in debt debate Jan 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Struggling for the upper hand in the next round of debt talks, Republicans and Democrats this weekend drew lines in the sand they said they'd never cross when it comes to the U.S. debt limit. "I believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican.

  •  U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert of Hinsdale reflected on her political past — and future — Friday in a taping of WBBM Newsradio 780’s “At Issue,” hosted by Political Editor Craig Dellimore and the Daily Herald, which will air in full Sunday morning.

    Biggert still mulling loss, looks ahead to futureDec 8, 2012 12:00 AM
    Departing Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert talks about her unsuccessful campaign against Democrat Bill Foster in the 11th Congressional District, including her debate performance, where she says, "I didn't do a great job." The seven-term lawmaker from Hinsdale has spent recent weeks preparing to shut down her offices and is looking ahead toward what her next chapter might hold.

  •  Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned from Congress earlier this month.

    March 19 the date of special election for Jackson’s seat Nov 26, 2012 12:00 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn says the special election to replace former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has tentatively been set for March 19, but that could change. However, Quinn says he's going to try to get approval for an April 9 general election, which is the same day as other municipal elections.

  •  Sen.-elect Deb Fischer is a conservative Republican from Nebraska who’ll take her seat in January.

    Fewer moderates will make deals harder in new Congress Nov 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    When the next Congress cranks up in January, there will be more women, many new faces and 11 fewer Tea Party-backed House Republicans from the Cass of 2010 who sought a second term. Overriding those changes, though, is a thinning of pragmatic, centrist veterans in both parties.

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