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  • Durbin, now in minority, subs for injured Reid as top Democrat

    In the minority after Republican gains in November's elections, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois was sworn in Tuesday with a temporary gig: filling in for ailing Democratic leader Harry Reid.
  • 2 Illinois Democrats join Republicans in backing Keystone pipeline

    Two House Democrats from Illinois, Dan Lipinski of Western Springs and Cheri Bustos of East Moline, joined all the House Republicans from the state in voting Friday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. The bill passed 266-153,...

    For Rauner and GOP, magic number in Illinois House is 1

    For Rauner and GOP, magic number in Illinois House is 1
    There are 118 Illinois House seats on the ballot Tuesday, but for Republicans, the magic number is one. The GOP knows it's highly unlikely it will catch a tidal wave and sweep Speaker Michael Madigan out of power. But all the House Republicans need to...

    Illinois Democrats cede seats in Congress as Republicans make comeback

    Illinois Democrats cede seats in Congress as Republicans make comeback
    Republicans on Tuesday captured some of the seats lost two years ago in Illinois congressional races, capitalizing on midterm malaise and the absence of the home-state Democratic president on the ballot. In the most intensely contested Chicago-area...

    Durbin humbled by loss of Senate as Illinois House delegation gets more conservative

     Durbin humbled by loss of Senate as Illinois House delegation gets more conservative
    Sen. Dick Durbin thanked Illinoisans on Wednesday for granting him a fourth term, and he accepted the verdict of voters elsewhere, who in effect gave him a demotion. Tuesday's Republican surge nationwide means that Durbin, the Senate's No. 2 Democrat,...