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14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren Talks Politics, Healthcare and More on WROK

This morning, Congressman Randy Hultgren joined us for our monthly get-together. Lots of things are going on in Washington besides the political intrigue, so we covered a variety of topics.

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Congressman Randy Hultgren Talks with Riley About Post-Election Washington D.C.

With Donald Trump winning the presidency last night, and the Republicans holding both the House and the Senate, we asked 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren, also victorious last night, to give us his thoughts on what to watch for in Washington.

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Illinois Budget Battles: “This is Simply Embarrassing.”

There's been a lot of talk over the last year about Illinois' lack of a state budget, and a lot of finger-pointing between the political parties over the continuing impasse. Very few things illustrate the disconnect between the majority and minority parties as well as an exchange between legislators after the Democrats in the House passed Speaker Madigan's 500-plus page, $7 billion out-of-balance spending plan for fiscal 2017.

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What We’ve Paid Illinois Lawmakers for No Budget

If you're keeping score, it's been about 10 months since we've had a state budget here in Illinois. Funding for many, many things has been put on indefinite hold, but House, Senate, and leadership salaries keep getting paid, along with stipends for House and Senate leadership.

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Most Illinois House and Senate Races Uncontested

John Gregory -- Illinois Radio Network

Eleven months before Election Day, more than half of state legislative elections may have already been decided...

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Potential Dem Senate Candidate Criticizes Duckworth, Durbin

John Gregory -- Illinois Radio Network

A potential Democratic candidate in the U.S. Senate race isn't shy about criticizing members of his own party, including U...

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State Workers’ Suit Against Duckworth Spills Into Senate Bid

JONESBORO, Ill. (AP) €” A civil lawsuit alleging ethics violations has become an issue in a Democratic congresswoman's bid to unseat first-term Republican U...

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Sen. Kirk to Donald Trump: ‘Shut Up’

John Gregory -- Illinois Radio Network

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has two words of advice for Donald Trump, and only one if he’s speaking Spanish...

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Property Tax Hearings Convened in Springfield

Dave Dahl -- Illinois Radio Network

A day of learning about property taxes – for spectators looking for entertainment, perhaps the equivalent of spinach...

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Durbin Backs Duckworth for Democratic Senate Nomination

CHICAGO (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is endorsing Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth for the party's nomination to oppose incumbent Republican Sen...

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