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U.S. Reps. Underwood, Foster and Krishnamoorthi call for federal reproductive health law

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 about a controversial new Texas law banning nearly all abortions in that state. (WTTW News)

In the wake of a new law banning nearly all abortions in Texas, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and members of Illinois’ congressional delegation vowed to protect women’s rights while calling for a federal reproductive health law. “Nobody should be forced to cross state lines to see a doctor,” Pritzker said.

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Pritzker, however, who has been a mainstay at the fair since it opened last week, skipped Democrats Day. (WTTW News)

It’s an annual tradition that is back after a break last year due to the coronavirus: political rallies at the Illinois State Fair. Typically, the fair is roughly six months away from the primary, but this cycle, the calendar is a bit off due to delayed census results.

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President Joe Biden greets Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as he arrives at O’Hare International Airport, Wednesday, July 7, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden pitched his proposed investments in families and education at an Illinois community college on Wednesday, telling residents of the swing district that what’s good for families is also good for the economy.

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., returns to her leadership office after opening debate on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. 

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 19, 2020.

“This was a tough race under some very difficult circumstances, and I want to say thank you to my supporters, the voters, and our elections officials for their diligent work,” U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood said Thursday.

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Two years after challengers ousted long-serving suburban Chicago Republican congressmen, helping Democrats to seize control of the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats are looking to cement those gains.

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Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis discusses his effort to unseat incumbent Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Democrat, in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 19, 2020.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood is competing in one of Illinois’ most watched congressional races this fall. She joins “Chicago Tonight” in discussion.

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U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 28, 2019.

It’s been a busy first term for U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville). The congresswoman joins us to discuss her freshman year goals and recent headlines.

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A pair of bills would increase funding for biomedical and scientific research at top U.S. agencies and “defend America’s place as a world leader in scientific progress,” U.S. Rep. Bill Foster said in a statement. 

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Sean Casten takes questions at a press conference Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018 about his win in the election. (Bev Horne / Daily Herald via AP)

Democrats did what was once unthinkable when they flipped two suburban Chicago congressional districts that had been held by Republicans pretty much since World War II.

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Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech Tuesday after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

The updated results means 14th Congressional candidate Lauren Underwood carried McHenry County over incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.

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Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech Tuesday after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

In a highly watched race in the northwest and western suburbs, Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old registered nurse, declared victory over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Plano).

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Her campaign ads focus on health care, but what are her plans for other issues? We hear from 14th Congressional District candidate Lauren Underwood.

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Lauren Underwood

“I believe that representatives should be transparent and honest about their votes,” says Lauren Underwood. Learn more about this candidate.