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On A Friday Forum earlier this year, Illinois U.S. Representatives Bill Foster and Randy Hultgren talked about their hopes and concerns for the new Congress as it began its work. For this week's Friday Forum, WNIJ's Guy Stephens asked the two for an update on how things are going in Congress.

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Paul Nehlen says he will run against House Speaker Paul Ryan after losing to him in the Republican primary by 68 points last year. Ryan represents Wisconsin's 1st district.

Nehlen announced his 2018 candidacy Friday in an email that doubled as a fundraising plea. Nehlen says he's running against Ryan because "Ryan has led the way to thwart President Trump's bold agenda every step of the way."

Nehlen courted Trump voters last year. His longshot candidacy garnered attention after Trump praised him and initially stopped short of endorsing Ryan. Trump endorsed Ryan days later.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies today before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Senators are expected to question Sessions about the investigation into Russia's ties with President Donald Trump's administration and 2016 campaign.

Sessions also could be asked about Trump's firing of former FBI director James Comey, who testified last week.

WNIJ and NPR are providing a live audio stream of today's hearings, which begin at 1:30 CT.

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The partisan divide in Springfield seems wider than ever as Illinoisans brace for the start of another fiscal year without a budget. Lawmakers adjourned Wednesday without a spending plan. In this week’s Friday Forum, WNIJ’s Susan Stephens asked Rockford University Economics and Political Science Professor Bob Evans how we ended up here again.

Pres. Donald Trump has been in office for 100 days -- and one week. He promised to shake things up in Washington. How do his policies and actions at the top trickle down to local political organizations? We asked a couple of local party leaders for this week’s Friday Forum.

           

Paul Stoddard chairs the DeKalb County Democratic Party and Jim Thompson is Winnebago County’s Republican Party chairman.

 

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