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Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 5:48 PM

See How Illinois Reps Voted on GOP Health Care Bill

The Republican health care bill narrowly passed in the House Thursday, delivering a victory for President Donald Trump just six weeks after nearly leaving the measure for dead.View gallery »

  • Rep. Mike Quigley (D - 5th District)
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R - 16th District)
  • Rep. Randy Hultgren (R - 14th District)
Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:11 PM
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By Tom Schuba

Where’s Your Illinois Congressman This Week?

As the 115th Congress breaks this week for its first recess, many Illinois lawmakers are traveling home to meet with voters about a range of issues, including immigration, gun violence and the economy.View gallery »

  • Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL)
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D - IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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By Shelby Bremer

Where Illinois Officials Stand on Trump's Immigration Order

Following protests at airports across the country in opposition to President Trump's executive action halting refugee resettlement and entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority nations, calls on...View gallery »

  • Senator Dick Durbin (D - IL)
  • Senator Tammy Duckworth (D - IL)
  • Rep. Bobby Rush (D - 1st District)
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 12:14 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Bobby Rush Dings Emanuel, Urges Lewis to Run for Mayor

Stopping short of an official endorsement, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush says encourages Karen Lewis to challenge Rahm Emanuel in Chicago's upcoming mayoral election. Read »

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 8:45 AM
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By Associated Press

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Congressmen Plan House Speech on Chicago's Violence

Members of Illinois' congressional delegation plan to speak on the floor of the House of Representative about gun violence in Chicago. Read »

Thursday, Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Attracts Emanuel Frenemies

Nothing brings political frenemies together like a Hillary Clinton fundraiser. Headlined by Chicago Mayor and longtime Clintonite Rahm Emanuel, the "Ready for Hillary" funders happening here tonight are expected... Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:24 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher, Associated Press

Quinn: Jackson Charges 'Major Sad Day For Our State'

The seemingly frivolous cause of Jackson's undoing is seen by political observers and at least one former colleague as both nonsensical and sad. Read »

Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Jackson's Family 'Felt the Impact'

After attending the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's Saturday Morning Forum, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s family said they are struggling to deal with the gravity of Jackson's recent charges. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Dick Johnson

Davis, Rush: Jackson Didn't "Dupe" Constituents

Rep. Bobby Rush acknowledged that "the cynic in all of us rises up" in times like these but urged people to let Jackson go through the healing process. Read »

Monday, Oct 22, 2012 at 10:58 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern, Phil Rogers

Congressmen: JJJ En Route to Mayo Clinic

Reps. Bobby Rush, Danny Davis spent 90 minutes with Jackson at his DuPont Circle home. Read »

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