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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)
Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock Named Senior Deputy Whip in GOP Shake-Up

Aaron Schock appears to have made a sweet deal in exchange for supporting Steve Scalise over fellow Illinoisian Peter Roskam for House Majority Whip. Read »

Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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By Associated Press, Ward Room Staff

Illinois' Peter Roskam Loses Bid for Majority Whip

House Republicans have picked Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise to be their No. 3 leader. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 at 10:36 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Roskam Races Against Time to Nab Whip Promotion

Time is of the essence for Peter Roskam. The Illinois congressman has just another day to drum up enough votes among House Republicans to secure the much-coveted position of majority whip in the aftermath... Read »

Friday, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:42 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

Peter Roskam Loses Schock Value in GOP Whip Competition

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, a Republican from the Illinois 'burb of Wheaton, has lost a crucial ally in his bid to become the House majority whip following Eric Cantor's ouster. Read »

Thursday, Aug 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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By Edward McClelland

The Richest Congressional District in Illinois

The Richest Congressional District in Illinois

A new Census Bureau widget features demographic information by congressional district. Read »

Friday, Jul 26, 2013 at 4:22 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Peter Roskam

House Ethics Committee Investigating Rep. Peter Roskam

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics said Friday it plans to investigate Illinois Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton. Read »

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

Adam Kinzinger, Rising Republican Superhero

A profile in The Weekly Standard portrays the young Republican as a man of action. Read »

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