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Thursday, Jun 1, 2017 at 3:27 PM
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By James Neveau

Illinois Politicians React to Withdrawal From Paris Agreemen

On Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement, and Illinois politicians were quick to react to the decision.View gallery »

  • Former President Barack Obama
  • Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
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)
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 4:04 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Oberweis Targets Democratic Voters in Senate Campaign

GOP candidate opens campaign office in Woodlawn neighborhood. Read »

Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 10:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis Butt Heads on ISIS, IRS

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the U.S. Senate, faced off against Republican rival Jim Oberweis in a frequently hostile "endorsement debate" before the Chicago Tribune editorial board on Monday. Read »

Friday, Sep 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Durbin, Oberweis See Eye to Eye on Obama's ISIS Plan

Illinois' Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate who was in the minority of senators voting against the Iraq War 12 years ago, says he he had "no choice" but to support President Obama's... Read »

Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 2:21 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dueling Quinn-Rauner Attack Ads Spew Venom on Moral Character

Out-campaigned on the income inequality issue, Bruce Rauner is pumping up a media campaign to redirect focus upon Illinois' most powerful Democrats and tying Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan... Read »

Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 at 3:04 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate

Dick Durbin Seeks to Avoid Eric Cantor's Shocking Fate

Despite a positive outlook, Illinois' Dick Durbin—the second most powerful Democrat in the U.S. Senate—is not resting on his laurels in an election-season battle against Republican challenger Jim Oberweis. Read »

Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM
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By Erin Carlson

Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll

Durbin Leads Oberweis 55-32 In New Tribune Poll

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is in a good position to win a fourth term serving Illinois this November, despite possibilities that Republicans will take hold of the Senate and weeks of negative attacks by opponent Jim... Read »

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