Rep. Adam Kinzinger

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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.

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.

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.