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  • Thursday brings Roskam’s chance to move up Jun 19, 2014 5:35 AM
    U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam’s bid to become the No. 3 Republican in the House will be put to a vote Thursday as federal GOP lawmakers meet to pick their leaders. Roskam is vying against Reps. Steve Scalise of Louisiana and Marlin Stutzman of Indiana. He has stayed mostly quiet publicly about his effort but has spent hours at the Capitol trying to win support of Republicans. He devoted the weekend to asking for support over the phone from the suburbs.

     
  • Republicans prep big ad blitz for Dold Jun 18, 2014 9:26 AM
    A Republican political committee has reserved $800,000 for TV ads to support Bob Dold of Kenilworth in his 10th District rematch race against Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield.

     
  • Lawmaker wants probe of $33 million health campaign Jun 16, 2014 5:20 PM
    A Republican state lawmaker from Naperville has called for an investigation into how Illinois spent $33 million in federal money to promote President Barack Obama’s health care law — including hiring a high-priced public relations firm and paying far more per enrollee on television ads than any other large state.

     
  • Roskam campaigns to become majority whip Jun 13, 2014 8:36 PM
    In a letter to members of the House Republican Conference Friday evening, Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton asked for support in his bid for majority whip. Roskam wrote that Republicans need to articulate "where we want our policies and our country to be in 10, 20, and 50 years, so the American people know where we stand and what we are fighting for into the future.”

     
  • Rauner joins Duffy on barbershop tour Jun 13, 2014 5:26 AM
    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner joined state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington on a tour of barbershops on the South Side of Chicago last weekend. Duffy, who was born on the South Side, has done the tour via the Young Government organization regularly over the past five years in an effort to learn the concerns of small business owners and voters in the black community.

     
  • Duckworth in Elk Grove Village Saturday Jun 12, 2014 7:06 PM
    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth will be at the Elk Grove Village Public Library Saturday as part of a “Congress at Your Corner” appearance. The event will be a chance for residents of the 8th Congressional District to share their questions, comments and concerns with Duckworth, officials said.

     
  • Roskam would run to move up in wake of Cantor’s loss Jun 11, 2014 7:01 PM
    Congressman Peter Roskam of Wheaton would run to move up a spot in the House Republican leadership team if there’s an opening in the wake of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s stunning primary loss Tuesday, sources close to him say. Roskam, Republicans’ chief deputy whip and No. 4 on the GOP power ladder, would run for the whip job if Cantor left his post in the coming days and the spot came open, the sources said.

     
  • What does Cantor's loss mean for Roskam? Jun 11, 2014 9:18 AM
    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert said it's too early to tell if House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's stunning primary loss Tuesday could spark a Republican leadership change that sends U.S Rep. Peter Roskam of Wheaton further up the GOP power ladder. “It's more complicated,” said Hastert, who rose to the speakership in 1999 from the spot Roskam occupies. “I don't think that's going to happen.”

     
  • Duckworth tours Des Plaines ‘green’ gas business Jun 6, 2014 5:33 PM
    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Department of Energy officials on Friday toured the Gas Technology Institute facility in Des Plaines to promote the business’ renewable fuels work.

     
  • State law requires millions of dollars in mailers Jun 6, 2014 8:15 AM
    Democracy costs money, and the multiple efforts to change the Illinois Constitution on the ballot in November could cost the state as much as $4 million in printing, mailing and advertising to tell you about it. State law requires Secretary of State Jesse White's office to print and mail about 5.4 million pamphlets — one to every household in the state, plus a few to keep around if anyone wants one.

     
  • Durbin blasts CN, warns feds could increase monitoring Jun 4, 2014 5:30 PM
    Don't brush off Illinois or you may face more federal scrutiny, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin cautioned CN this week. Durbin's letter politely told the Canadian National Railroad it was not living up to its promises, disrespecting towns and messing up state projects.

     
  • Democrat Anderson bashes GOP during forum Jun 4, 2014 10:46 AM
    Urged on by a left-leaning audience, Democratic congressional candidate Dennis Anderson engaged in some Republican Party bashing Tuesday night in St. Charles. He's challenging Republican Randy Hultgren for the 14th Congressional District seat in November. Anderson also once again put out a challenge to incumbent Republican Randy Hultgren of Winfield to debate him on any or all of those statements. Hultgren and Anderson only had one full debate in their 2012 race.

     
  • Pelosi to appear with Schneider Jun 4, 2014 9:37 AM
    U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will visit Chicago Wednesday to appear with Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and other Illinois Democrats running for Congress. The visit is the last stop on bus tour called: “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: Women on a Roll.”

     
  • Dold, Schneider engage over VA wait times May 30, 2014 5:02 AM
    The scandal brewing at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs over veterans' health care has made it to the suburbs' highest-profile race for Congress. Republican Bob Dold of Kenilworth criticized Democratic U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider of Deerfield for, he said, not being vocal enough about the lengthy wait times faced by some veterans at VA hospitals.

     
  • Duckworth to lead Chicago’s Memorial Day parade May 23, 2014 6:16 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is the grand marshal of Chicago’s Memorial Day Parade. The festivities begin with a wreath laying ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Daley Plaza. The parade will follow at noon along State Street.

     
  • Duckworth criticizes opponent over endorsement May 23, 2014 5:40 PM
    Democrat U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s campaign Friday criticized her Republican opponent Larry Kaifesh over his upcoming endorsement by former congressman Allen West.

     
  • Duckworth joins Roskam on Benghazi committee May 21, 2014 4:36 PM
    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, has been named to the special committee charged with investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya. Duckworth will join U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Wheaton Republican, on the panel.

     
  • Hoffman Estates student wins Congressional art contest May 20, 2014 1:40 PM
    A senior at Hoffman Estates High School is the winner of the 2014 U.S. House art competition in the 8th Congressional District. Marco Gomez was chosen as the winner for his piece titled “Winter Solitude.” It will be displayed in the United States Capitol.

     
  • Congressman gives low priority to immigration, minimum wage May 15, 2014 11:01 PM
    Congressman Randy Hultgren faced questions about immigration reform, Russia's threats regarding the International Space Station and healthcare reform at a Batavia luncheon Thursday.

     
  • Anderson seeks to force Hultgren into public debate May 13, 2014 4:19 PM
    In an effort to force U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren to debate, Democrat Dennis Anderson announced a series of town-hall meetings on key issues.

     
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