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  • Hultgren ducking LWV forum request Oct 2, 2014 12:01 AM
    A Kane County letter to the editor: The Central Kane County, Elgin, McHenry County and DeKalb County Leagues have asked Representative Randy Hultgren on multiple occasions to participate in a forum in anticipation of the Nov. 4 election. Unfortunately, Mr. Hultgren and has staff have failed to respond to these requests.

     
  • Duckworth, Kaifesh differ on raising minimum wage Oct 1, 2014 11:51 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and her 8th District Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh disagree over many aspects of the business environment in the U.S., not the least of which is whether the minimum wage needs to be higher. Duckworth is calling for an increase in all states to $10.10 per hour. But Kaifesh believes the economy will thrive and wages rise naturally if government reduces — not expands — its regulations.

     
  • Earmarks could return to pay for transit, Durbin says Oct 2, 2014 11:51 AM
    Earmarks? Why not, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said during an editorial board meeting with the Daily Herald, pointing out he snagged a lot of cash for Illinois when the program still existed. The downstate Democrat is in a testy race with Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis.

     
  • Political newcomer challenging Roskam for U.S. Congress seat Sep 30, 2014 9:57 AM
    Democrat Michael Mason of Naperville is challenging incumbent Peter Roskam of Wheaton for the 6th Congressional District seat in the Nov. 4 election. Both say they want to help lead the country's economic recovery, but they differ on how to do it.

     
  • Durbin, Oberweis debate background checks for guns Sep 29, 2014 7:12 PM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and GOP challenger Jim Oberweis disagreed Monday on whether to require universal background checks for firearms purchases, with Durbin saying it would reduce violence in a country “awash in guns” and Oberweis saying he’s not convinced the checks would have the intended impact.

     
  • Herman Cain in Hoffman Estates Friday for Oberweis Sep 29, 2014 2:40 PM
    Former presidential contender Herman Cain will headline a fundraiser in Hoffman Estates Friday for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis.

     
  • High-profile rematch race for Dold, Schneider Sep 28, 2014 5:55 AM
    Former Republican U.S. Rep. Robert Dold sounds confident when he talks about his chances to win back the seat he lost to Democrat Brad Schneider in 2012. "We don't have President Obama at the top of the ticket this time," Dold said. "And Congressman Schneider now has a record." Schneider isn't worried.

     
  • Duckworth, Kaifesh disagree on arming Syrian rebels Sep 26, 2014 5:22 AM
    Eighth Congressional District Republican hopeful Larry Kaifesh says its rare that he agrees more with President Barack Obama on an issue than does his Democratic opponent, incumbent Tammy Duckworth. But that’s where he finds himself after Duckworth last week voted against Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels as part of U.S. measures against Islamic State militants.

     
  • Dold voices support for healthcare reform, says repeal isn’t the answser Sep 25, 2014 9:57 PM
    In something of a break from many of his Republican colleagues, former U.S. Rep. Robert Dold on Thursday said he'd rather fix certain elements of the Affordable Care Act than repeal the entire health-care reform law.

     
  • Schneider, Dold talk issues at Stevenson High forum Sep 24, 2014 5:18 AM
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and Republican challenger Robert Dold talked about the Middle East, health care and other issues before an auditorium filled with would-be voters Tuesday night at Lincolnshire's Stevenson High School.

     
  • 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.

     
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