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  • Duckworth to announce Senate bid Monday Mar 27, 2015 5:58 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates will announce a 2016 bid for U.S. Senate Monday, a source said, possibly setting the stage for Democratic primary battle on the path toward a race with Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Highland Park.

     
  • Conservative push to back Rauner agenda on tap in suburbs Mar 20, 2015 4:54 AM
    As the Springfield budget battle brews, conservatives are planning to put the pressure on in the suburbs. Americans for Prosperity, a national conservative organization with an Illinois arm, plans an “aggressive” advertising and mail push largely in support of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposals.

     
  • Highland Park mayor, Schneider in for a run at Dold Mar 18, 2015 5:32 AM
    Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering says she'll run for Congress in the north suburbs, setting up a Democratic primary battle with former U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield, who is set to announce a 2016 bid soon. The candidates will be trying to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Dold of Kenilworth.

     
  • Foster ‘seriously considering’ Senate bid vs. Kirk Mar 17, 2015 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, a Naperville Democrat says he's considering running for Senate in 2016 in a possible challenge against U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, has left little doubt about his interest in a second term and held a fundraiser Monday.

     
  • Kirk, Durbin clash over Republicans letter to Iran Mar 10, 2015 7:20 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is one of 47 Republicans who signed a letter to Iranian leaders saying a nuclear deal the country works out with President Barack Obama's administration could be reversed someday. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin said the letter could "undermine" talks and increase the chances of military action.

     
  • Two suburban Democrats go to Washington to weigh bids for Congress Mar 5, 2015 12:46 PM
    Democrat Brad Schneider is in Washington, D.C., this week weighing another run for Congress. So is Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering, talking to people to explore a run as a Democrat for the same seat, in the north suburban 10th Congressional District.

     
  • Roskam gives Netanyahu painting before controversial speech Mar 4, 2015 5:40 AM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is giving a painting of the Capitol dome made by his wife to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who is speaking before Congress today. Elizabeth Roskam's painting shows the Capitol dome against an orange backdrop and is entitled “Dome of Consequence.”

     
  • How local lawmakers voted on Homeland Security plan Mar 4, 2015 8:33 AM
    U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren of Plano and Peter Roskam of Wheaton were the two local lawmakers who voted against a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security for another year. Hultgren said the proposal “abandoned” the House’s previous Homeland Security plan, which would would have worked to block President Barack Obama’s executive moves on immigration.

     
  • 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.

     
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