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  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Congressman facing heat bested Roskam for job this summer Dec 30, 2014 6:01 PM
    The Louisiana Republican now facing heat for speaking at a 2002 conference of white supremacists is the lawmaker who stood between U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam and the House’s No. 3 spot this summer.

     
  • Dold victory came in spite of $1 million spending gap Dec 29, 2014 11:49 AM
    Kenilworth Republican Robert Dold won election to Congress last month despite being outspent by more than $1 million, federal records show.

     
  • Gay blood donor restrictions discriminatory. congressman says Dec 24, 2014 10:28 AM
    An Illinois congressman says he’s disappointed federal health officials still favor limiting when gay men can donate blood. Rep. Mike Quigley has been working to reverse the Food and Drug Administration’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA said Tuesday it favors barring donations from men who have had sex with men in the previous 12 months. The Illinois Democrat says the one-year deferral is still discriminatory. The lifetime ban dates from the early years of the AIDS crisis and was intended to protect the blood supply. Many medical groups say the policy is no longer supported by science, given advances in HIV testing. Blood donations are screened for HIV but testing only detects the virus after it’s been in the bloodstream about 10 days

     
  • Republicans in charge of Senate — but 2016 awaits Dec 22, 2014 6:25 AM
    Republicans have the Senate majority now and are set to challenge President Barack Obama and the Democrats on Capitol Hill this January. But a much tougher election map two years from now could force the GOP back into the minority. In November 2016, Republicans will defend 24 seats, Democrats 10. Seven of the GOP seats are in states President Barack Obama won with 50 percent or more of the vote in 2012.

     
  • Top leaders give Cuba move mixed reviews Dec 17, 2014 6:44 PM
    Local leaders react after President Barack Obama Wednesday announced the release of American prisoner Alan Gross from Cuba and a move toward a diplomatic relationship with the country.

     
  • Kirk honored at retirement ceremony Dec 15, 2014 5:16 PM
    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk was honored at a Penatgon ceremony Monday celebrating his retirement from the Navy, where he spent more than 20 years in the reserves.

     
  • Roskam gets post to help lead IRS investigations Dec 4, 2014 1:58 PM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, will have a new post in the next Congress that could have him presiding over hearings into ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandals.

     
  • Ex-Walsh aide’s dig at Obama daughters sparks backlash Dec 1, 2014 1:51 PM
    The communications director for a Republican member of Congress ignited a firestorm this weekend when she criticized President Barack Obama’s teenage daughters in a Facebook post that touched a nerve even for Americans accustomed to political mudslinging.

     
  • Abner Mikva among Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients Nov 25, 2014 9:46 AM
    President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics — including former suburban 10th District Rep. Abner Mikva — along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites.

     
  • Riopell: Kirk says 2016 opponents have ‘quite a hill to climb’ Nov 21, 2014 6:27 AM
    Eyes now turn to the 2016 election, and Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk told Political Editor Mike Riopell he's confident he'll be re-elected. "No way am I going to retire," said Kirk, who'll be in the majority party come January.

     
  • Local leaders react to Obama’s immigration plan Nov 20, 2014 9:22 PM
    Elected leaders representing the suburbs and state reacted to President Obama's speech Thursday that spares roughly 5 million people in the United States illegally from deportation. Obama's executive order protects those who have been in the country illegally for more than five years and have had children here who are U.S. citizens. Congressional Democrats hailed the president's directive, but Republicans have insisted Obama is overstepping his authority.

     
  • U.S. Rep. Duckworth delivers healthy daughter Nov 20, 2014 1:27 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth has delivered a healthy daughter, her staff says. “My husband Bryan and I are thrilled to announce that we are the proud parents of a baby girl. Abigail O’kalani Bowlsbey was born on November 18,” she said in a statement. “Bryan and I were deeply honored that Senator Akaka acted as Hawaiian elder and selected her middle name.

     
  • Crane remembered as conservative pioneer Nov 16, 2014 6:13 AM
    Longtime Congressman Phil Crane, who died Nov. 8, is remembered as a leader in the conservative movement. The Wauconda resident helped develop strategies for conservative Republicans in Congress and stuck to those principles through a 35-year career.

     
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