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Sauk Valley-area activists Wednesday encouraged 16th District U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger to take part in a public forum.

Members of the group Action For A Better Tomorrow assembled in Dixon and traveled to Kinzinger’s District Office in Ottawa. 

On arrival, they presented a petition with more than 700 signatures inviting the Republican incumbent to take part in a forum with his Democratic opponent, Rockford attorney Sara Dady. 

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More than 50 activists gathered in downtown DeKalb to call for immigration reform. 

The crowd condemned last week’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid in Cortland as well as the continued detention of undocumented children away from their families.  The event featured speakers from groups like Action for a Better Tomorrow Sauk Valley and DeKalb Stands.

Another participant was Laura Vivaldo-Cholula, a member of DREAM Action at Northern Illinois University. She said change wouldn’t happen without new leaders in office.

Democratic challenger Sara Dady and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger found some agreement and some differences on issues affecting the 16th Illinois Congressional District during their first appearance together Monday.

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Both candidates agreed that the opioid epidemic is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by government, law enforcement, and health services.  But Dady stressed that the federal government should provide ten years of full funding so local agencies can carry out treatment efforts.

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Four northern Illinois Democrats are vying for the chance to take GOP U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger’s 16th District seat.

The candidates paid a visit to DeKalb County’s Democratic Party headquarters last week, outlining their priorities before local party activists. All of them took potshots at the increasing lack of bipartisanship in national government and blamed Kinzinger for not adequately representing his district. However, each of them had distinct priorities when it came to the campaign.

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U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is optimistic about a change of energy in the White House under new Chief of Staff John Kelly. The Republican from the 16th Illinois District said Kelly can help the President reduce distractions.

“I think that he can control access in a way to keep the President focused and help him hopefully reduce some of the tweets that go out and use Twitter the right way, but not for an emotional way, and bring a real discipline to the West Wing that’s been missing," he said. "I think this could really be a turning point in this administration.” 

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger has called for an independent investigation of Russia's connection to President Donald Trump's political campaign.  

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The parent company of the Great Lakes Basin Railroad submitted an application to the federal Surface Transportation Board Monday. 

The project would create a 261-mile railway that runs between Milton, Wis., and Pinola, Ind., passing through six Illinois counties. It's meant to bypass congested Chicago freight lines. 

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Northern Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger declined to elaborate on his presidential vote.   

The Republican visited Illinois Valley Community College yesterday to host his fourth-annual Youth Leadership Summit. The Ottawa Times reports he didn’t vote for Clinton or Trump, but declined to mention his specific choice, citing the secret ballot. 

Kinzinger Questions GOP Efforts On Obamacare

Sep 20, 2013

Update: Congressman Kinzinger voted with his party today to defund the Affordable Care Act and issued the following statement:

“House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”

Original story, which aired during Morning Edition on WNIJ, 9/20/13

A Republican congressman from northern Illinois doesn't agree with his party's efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act.

Illinois GOP Weighs In On Immigration Overhaul

Aug 9, 2013
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In Washington, the debate over an immigration overhaul is taking on a different tone. Some Republicans in the House are softening their stance against a key provision. That includes a member of Illinois’ Congressional delegation. Will other Illinois Republicans follow suit?