Syria

Northern Illinois House Reaction
10:39 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Congress Reacts to President's Syria Speech

Congress members – like most of the world -- appear to be taking a “wait and see” stance on Syria. 

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Syria
6:44 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Poem Recalls Syrian Family

Susan Porterfield reading her new poem "By Heart" for WNIJ
Credit Dan Klefstad

Poet Susan Azar Porterfield remembers meeting a Syrian family in Beirut. She was visiting Lebanon during a period of peace, in 2003.

The Syrians were brand new parents and allowed Porterfield to hold their infant.

"They were very sweet," she says. "And the baby was adorable."

She doesn't know where the family is today; they were from Aleppo, the site of intense fighting between government troops and rebels.

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Foreign Policy
10:47 pm
Sat August 31, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Back Obama's Action

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, left, and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

President Obama's statement on Syria has drawn responses from Illinois' elected representatives.

On Saturday, the president said the White House plans to take military action against Syria's regime for its use of chemical weapons, but added that he first will  seek approval from Congress.

16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger says if he is asked to go to Washington right away, he would support taking military action. But the Republican says the longer it takes to get approval, the action taken by U.S. forces becomes less effective.

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