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  • Roskam Medicare plan gets moving Feb 26, 2015 1:00 AM
    A proposal from U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam aimed at curbing Medicare fraud is set to make it to the House floor this week. The Wheaton Republican’s plan would, among other things, raise the cash rewards seniors can claim if they report a doctor who is abusing the Medicare system.

     
  • Joe Walsh eyes challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk Feb 16, 2015 6:38 PM
    Former one-term Republican Congressman and conservative radio host Joe Walsh says he’s considering a primary challenge to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk next year. Walsh flirted publicly with a similarr run two years ago before deciding to stick with the radio job.

     
  • Obama signs Duckworth bill to prevent veteran suicides Feb 12, 2015 7:19 PM
    A new law co-written by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth aims to get veterans struggling with their mental health more help from the Department of Veterans Affairs. It's named after Clay Hunt, a former Marine who helped other veterans with their demons but ultimately took his own life in 2011.

     
  • Your Illinois license won't be enough to fly Feb 12, 2015 6:19 AM
    Illinois residents soon might not be able to use their driver's licenses to board commercial airliners because the cards don't meet federal security standards. But a multimillion-dollar price tag might keep the state from meeting those requirements. “Currently, we do not require birth certificates,” said Jesse White spokesman Henry Haupt. “One factor under the Real ID Act would require us to verify birth certificates

     
  • What did he mean by that? Lawmakers debate phrase from Rauner's speech Feb 6, 2015 5:31 AM
    Gov. Bruce Rauner says he wants to work with lawmakers, but is he presenting his proposals as a package deal with no room for compromise? Republicans don't see it that way, but a couple lines of his speech had Democrats raising their eyebrows.

     
  • Rep. Bill Foster: Opposing vaccines is wrong Feb 5, 2015 5:28 AM
    A week after a measles case was confirmed in the suburbs, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster spoke on the House floor Wednesday to criticize the idea that vaccinations could be optional. “Measles may not spread as fast as erroneous soundbytes and tweets, but they both have the potential to cause a great amount of damage,” Foster said.

     
  • Dold one of three Republicans to oppose Obamacare repeal Feb 4, 2015 10:17 AM
    U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth was one of three House Republicans to vote against repealing President Barack Obama's federal health care law Tuesday. The proposal was approved by the Republican-controlled Congress. Dold said Tuesday his vote against Obamacare wasn't an endorsement of the law but instead a signal Congress has to move forward toward a bipartisan solution.

     
  • Duckworth plan to address veteran suicide goes to Obama Feb 3, 2015 6:12 PM
    A proposal to try to prevent suicide by military veterans and cowritten by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth will go to President Barack Obama's desk.

     
  • Kirk, Dart announce arrests of 72 ‘johns’ Feb 2, 2015 5:41 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart Monday announced the arrest of 72 Illinois people who bought sex. The arrests were made as part of a national sting to curb human trafficking.

     
  • Obama veto threat targets Kirk plan on Iran Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, an Highland Park Republican, said he expects the Senate to move forward with a proposal increasing sanctions on Iran desipte President Barack Obama’s threat in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address to veto it.

     
  • Duckworth’s office to hold meeting on Congressional Art Competition Jan 21, 2015 6:01 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s office will host an information session Thursday night about the 34th annual Congressional Art Competition. Teachers, high school students and parents are invited to the meeting, which is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the foyer conference room of Elk Grove High School.

     
  • U.S. reps from suburbs sound off on Obama’s speech Jan 20, 2015 11:06 PM
    Suburban members of Congress had these reactions to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. His speech sought to highlight recent economic gains and propose, among other things, free community college for qualifying students.

     
  • Hultgren highlights human trafficking problem with speech guest Jan 19, 2015 7:22 PM
    U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren will take an advocate that fights human trafficking to Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, and Sen. Dick Durbin will take a veteran injured in Afghanistan in 2010. The guests will join a trio of suburban educators invited by local Democratic members of Congress.

     
  • Reports: Duckworth will consider Senate run Jan 19, 2015 8:13 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, is weighing a run for U.S. Senate, reports say. If nominated as the Democrat for the 2016 Senate race, Duckworth would be lined up to take on U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican.

     
  • Local legislators invite teachers, students to State of the Union Jan 16, 2015 7:03 PM
    Local Democratic members of Congress are trying to highlight President Barack Obama’s education message with their picks of guests to take to next week’s State of the Union address Tuesday.

     
  • Half-dozen Kirk staffers move over to Rauner Jan 12, 2015 6:46 PM
    As Republican Bruce Rauner takes over as governor , he’ll have the help of more than a half-dozen top staff who used to work for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Rauner’s chief of staff, Mike Zolnierowicz, worked as the Highland Park Republican’s deputy chief of staff. And three of Rauner’s four deputy chief of staff, as well as his downstate director and spokesman, are alumni of Kirk’s office, too.

     
  • Hultgren plan would study low-dose radiation effects Jan 8, 2015 8:29 AM
    Legislation from Rep. Randy Hultgren calling for a study of how low-dose radiation such as X-rays affects people was approved by the U.S. House Wednesday.

     
  • Suburban congressmen starting new term try to strike bipartisan tone Jan 7, 2015 1:01 AM
    Suburban members of Congress struck a conciliatory tone as they were sworn in to a new term on Tuesday. Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth was the only change in the suburban delegation. He replaces Democrat Brad Schneider. He said Tuesday voters expect both parties to work together after a Congress that flirted with deadlines and led to a government shutdown. “I don’t know too many people who think Washington is working,” Dold said.

     
  • Dold, new Congress get started Tuesday Jan 2, 2015 5:00 AM
    When the new class of Congressional representatives is sworn in Tuesday, the suburbs will have just one change to its lineup as Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth takes over from Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield. This week, Dold stressed he'll work to be a “thoughtful independent voice” from the north suburban 10th Congressional District.

     
  • Your 2015 Guide to the Suburbs: It’s our best advice, but share yours too Jan 1, 2015 7:30 AM
    Want to make the most of 2015? Daily Herald Editor John Lampinen introduces a special New Year's Day guide to living, working and playing in the suburbs.

     
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