Rep. Randy Hultgren

A northern Illinois Congressman is part of a bipartisan effort to help veterans whose credit is affected adversely by problems associated with the federal Veterans Choice Program.

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.

Democrat Jim Walz announced Monday that he will again seek the U.S. House seat now held by 14th District Republican Randy Hultgren. 

Walz first ran against Hultgren in 2016 but only received 40% of the vote. This time, Walz says his priorities include sponsoring renewable energy legislation, fighting against the idea of corporations as people, and several health-related policies -- including negotiating lower prices on imported drugs and lowering the eligibility age for Medicare benefits.


Roughly one million Illinoisans gained insurance care through the Affordable Care Act.  That's had an impact on the way health care is delivered throughout the state. 

Nine years ago, Kris Hayden was undergoing cancer treatment and she felt guilty.

This week’s WNIJ Friday Forum features two Congressmen who are entering their fourth terms representing parts of northern Illinois.