| Mar 20, 2012
| 7:39 PM
Former Democratic Rep. Bill Foster cleared his first hurdle tonight in his attempt at political comeback.
In the west and southwest suburban 11th District, Foster's campaign declared victory. He'll face Republican Rep. Judy Biggert in the November...
| Jun 22, 2012
| 4:09 PM
Chicago-area bus and train riders, along with highway construction workers, ought to feel better knowing that gridlock appears to be easing in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
That was the message Friday from three suburban representatives who,...
| Nov 17, 2011
| 12:32 PM
Several of Illinois' Republican members of Congress came to Chicago to testify today on the first day of their legal challenge to a new Democratic-drawn congressional map.
Rep. John Shimkus was the first of four Republican incumbent congressmen to...
| Dec 8, 2011
| 5:49 PM
Congressman Joe Walsh told supporters tonight he plans to seek re-election in the 8th Congressional District, a change of heart from three months ago.
The decision means Walsh is likely to win the Republican primary but face a stiff general election...
| Jan 19, 2012
The House of Representatives doesn’t readily disclose what percentage of roll-call votes lawmakers miss. But an independent legislative tracking service, whose Web site is GovTrack.us, does.
I turned to GovTrack late last year when writing about...
| Feb 2, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Veteran Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert will not face a March primary challenge in the newly drawn west and south suburban 11th Congressional District, the Illinois State Board of Elections ruled today.
The board’s decision to toss John “...
| Dec 21, 2011
| 2:54 PM
The most high-profile Republican primary challenger to freshman Rep. Joe Walsh in the state’s new northwest suburban 8th Congressional District announced today she was dropping out of the race.
Darlene Ruscitti, the DuPage County superintendent...
| Dec 23, 2011
| 3:14 PM
Dozens of contenders for Illinois' 18 newly drawn congressional districts filed candidacy paperwork on opening day Friday, setting the stage for potentially contentious contests in the March 20 primary.
The first-day filers included 12-year Republican...
| Aug 1, 2011
| 11:23 AM
WASHINGTON—A second Illinoisan in the House of Representatives has announced he will vote no to the last-minute deal to raise the debt ceiling: Chicago’s Jesse Jackson Jr.
A liberal Democrat, Jackson joins conservative Republican and tea...
| Nov 12, 2008
As the price skyrockets for an ostensibly free ticket to Barack Obama's inaugural swearing-in (and as federal legislation that would outlaw their sale looms), questions remain about how to legally obtain the tickets.
Members of the Joint Congressional...
| Jul 24, 2009
| 12:37 PM
(WGN-AM)- The House of Representatives Friday threw its support behind Chicago's bid to host the 2016 summer Olympic games.
That puts Congress on record for an international contest that will be settled in October.
"The city of big shoulders is ready to...
| Jul 23, 2008
| 1:29 PM
by Jim Tankersley They said the first was an outlier. The second, a fluke. But after losing their third seat this year in a special election, House Republicans faced the possibility on Wednesday that if they don't repair their image......