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Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:40 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

Can Joe Biden's Charm Help Quinn Defeat Rauner?

The White House is deploying Joe Biden to Chicago on Monday, where the veep will stump for Gov. Pat Quinn and other Illinois Democrats up for re-election this November. Read »

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Shinseki Resigns: Tammy Duckworth Says Her Former Boss 'Has to Go'

Shinseki Resigns: Tammy Duckworth Says Her Former Boss 'Has to Go'

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat and Iraq War veteran, says it was time for Eric Shinseki to resign and make room for "new leadership" at the scandal-soaked Veterans Affairs department. Read »

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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By Staff Report
      

Duckworth Among 5 Dems Tapped for Benghazi Committee

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a wounded Iraqi War veteran, was among five Democrats named to serve on a Republican-led committee to investigate the 2012 attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Read »

Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11:38 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Duckworth Calls VA Allegations 'Unacceptable'

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth is vowing to get to the bottom of allegations involving country's VA hospitals. Read »

Monday, Sep 9, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

Duckworth Gets First Challenger in 2014 Race

Manju Goel announced Sunday that she's seeking the Republican nomination for the state's 8th Congressional District. Read »

Thursday, Aug 29, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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By Associated Press

Tammy Duckworth Opposes Syria Strike

Tammy Duckworth Opposes Syria Strike

U.S. congresswoman and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that she did not favor American military intervention in Syria and urged Middle East nations to find a resolution to the crisis. Read »

Thursday, Jun 27, 2013 at 9:01 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Duckworth Scolds Contractor Over Phony 'War Wound'

A businessman who used an old football injury to win a disabled veterans contract appears before Rep. Tammy Duckworth's House committee. Duckworth tells him what a real war wound feels like. Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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By Ward Room Staff, Associated Press

Duckworth Returns Portion of Income to Treasury

Duckworth Returns Portion of Income to Treasury

The 8th District congresswoman pledged in February to take the pay cut if Congress failed to reach a compromise to avoid the federal budget cuts known as the sequester. Read »

Thursday, Mar 7, 2013 at 7:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Joe Walsh Joins WIND as Radio Host

Joe Walsh Joins WIND as Radio Host

It appears constituents in the 8th Congressional District will be able to still hear from Joe Walsh. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:07 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Duckworth To Take Pay Cut If Sequester Happens

Duckworth To Take Pay Cut If Sequester Happens

Rep. Tammy Duckworth is ready to take one for the team. If Congress fails to reach a compromise that would avoid sequestration, Duckworth said she will take the same pay cut other programs would see when the... Read »

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