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by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Tue Oct 28, 2014

Election Preview: A Look At The 'Toss-Up' 12th Congressional District Race

Progress Illinois profiles the state's 12th congressional district race, which is considered to be a "toss-up."

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:40pm
Wed Mar 19, 2014

Schakowsky Speaks Out Against Proposals To Expand Medicare Means Testing

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) says Medicare beneficiaries would have to shoulder a severe financial burden if additional means testing is introduced into the program, as some federal proposals have recommended.

The congresswoman on Wednesday jointly released 150,000 petition signatures against means testing Medicare with national groups including the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works. The petition calls on President Barack Obama "to drop support of Medicare cuts," according to the groups.

"At least one in five seniors are already cutting back on health care because they can't afford it," Schakowksy said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning. "Shifting more costs onto their shoulders is not the answer, especially when there are better solutions."

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
12:32pm
Fri Nov 15, 2013

Duckworth Says Broad Support For Immigration Reform May Circumvent Republican Opposition

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she “has some optimism” that Congress can pass immigration reform despite House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) announcing on Wednesday that House Republicans will not conference the recent Senate bill.

In a town hall meeting via teleconference Thursday evening, Duckworth told Progress Illinois that the amount of the support for the issue may overcome congressional Republican resistance to comprehensive immigration reform, although she conceded that it will not be easy to accomplish.

“It is not just Democrats who want this, I have spoken with chambers of commerce and businesses that want to see comprehensive immigration reform,” Duckworth said. “Where we are now won’t work. I think we have an opportunity before the next election, but it’s going to be a tough road.”

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