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This is the place for stories about races for the U.S. House and the Illinois Senate and House from districts in the WNIJ listening area.As we have done in the past, WNIJ News staffers interviewed both candidates for Congress in the following districts:District 6: Peter Roskam (R,I) vs Leslie Coolidge (D) District 8: Joe Walsh (R,I) vs Tammy Duckworth (D)District 11: Judy Biggert (R, I13) vs Bill Foster (D)District 14: Randy Hultgren (R,I) vs Dennis Anderson (D)District 16: Adam Kinzinger (R,I11) vs Wanda Rohl (D)District 17: Bobby Schilling (R,I) vs Cheri Bustos (D)All candidates were asked to answer the following questions:Economy What do you see as the correct approach to handling the federal budget and deficit?Jobs What kinds of jobs would you like to see created in your district?What role should the federal government play in creating those jobs?Labor-management relations What is your position on right-to-work laws?What should the relationship be between governments and their employee unionsDomestic energy What course should the United States take on domestic energy?Social agenda How should the federal government deal with abortion rights?What role should the federal government have regarding marriage?Foreign policy What foreign policy issues do you see as paramount for the U.S.?Qualifications What sets you apart as the best choice for your district?Other What other issues do you see as important to the district, the state and the nation?

Freshman U.S. Rep. running in new 16th District

Adam Kinzinger
Adam Kinzinger

Republican U.S. Representative, Adam Kinzinger, prepares to face longtime GOP incumbent in Illinois' primary election. 

Kinzinger was elected in 2010 to the 11th District, which included LaSalle and communities south of Chicago.  Last year, Democrats, who controlled the redistricting process, put Kinzinger's hometown of Manteno in the heavily-Democratic 2nd Congressional District.  This put him in a difficult position as he planned his reelection campaign: he could run against the 2nd District's incumbent, Jesse Jackson, Jr., or run in a neighboring district.  Kinzinger filed to run in the newly-drawn 16th District, represented by longtime incumbent Republican Don Manzullo.  Kinzinger spoke to WNIJ's Dan Klefstad about the differences between himself and Manzullo, and how he'd serve his constituents if they send him back to Washington, D.C.

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