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Rep. Roskam calls for passage of fast track trade legislation

While speaking during a Monday City Club of Chicago event, U.S. Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) called for passage of bipartisan trade legislation giving the president greater authority to negotiate trade agreements.

Trade promotion authority bills before both the House and Senate would expedite the passage of trade agreements the U.S. is considering with Pacific and European countries by granting the president greater authority to negotiate trade agreements and giving members of Congress less power to alter the deals.


Editorial: Grow Illinois jobs, back Obama on Pacific trade

Kirk lays it on thick

Rep. Dold talks economic development at City Club

U.S. Congressman Bob Dold (R-Ill.) highlighted a number of proposed Chicago-area economic development initiatives that he said would help grow the middle class while speaking during a Monday City Club of Chicago event.


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Durbin introduces bill to improve healthcare services at local jails

Anti-human trafficking bill expected to pass Senate

Rep. Schakowsky blasts Rauner’s budget plan

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) criticized Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner for his proposed cuts in the 2016 budget during a Monday City Club of Chicago event.

Schakowsky took aim at the governor’s proposal to reduce Medicaid spending by $1.47 billion. She argued Rauner’s budget would do away with breast and cervical cancer care and reduce funding for Illinois universities by 30 percent.

“That’s what you do, I guess, with a turnaround company,” the congresswoman said. “Bottom line matters and people don’t.”


Durbin sides with US airlines in dogfight over Mideast service

Sen. Kirk will vote for Loretta Lynch as new AG

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced during a Thursday City Club of Chicago event that he plans to vote for President Barack Obama’s appointment of Loretta Lynch to the position of U.S. attorney general.

Kirk said he made the decision to support Lynch’s appointment after meeting with her to discuss the prosecution of gang members in the Chicago area.