Tammy Duckworth

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 The top four Democrats on the ballot in the Quad cities are all women, and they appeared on stage together for the Salute To Labor Picnic in Hampton. 

Hillary Clinton is at the top of the pack and running for president.  Representative Tammy Duckworth seeks a U.S. Senate seat, Representative Cheri Bustos looks to keep her congressional seat, and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza is running for state comptroller.

Duckworth says Clinton's experience as Secretary of State, U.S. Senator and First Lady have prepared her for the presidency.

Jeff Bossert

  Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and Senator Dick Durbin went to Parkland College to discuss education costs.   

Both Democrats  are sponsoring the “In The Red Act.”  This legislation would provide federal funding for two years’ free tuition at community colleges.  Durbin says if passed, the Act would help students, but only if they put in the work.

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (L) and Tammy Duckworth

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is calling U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk “unhinged'' after the Illinois Republican said President Barack Obama was “acting like the drug dealer in chief.''

Duckworth is challenging Kirk for Senate. Kirk criticized Obama last week over a $400 million cash payment the administration made to Iran contingent on the release of American prisoners.

He says the president shouldn't give “clean packs of money to a ... state sponsor of terror.”

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The Illinois Attorney General's office says a settlement in the workplace retaliation lawsuit against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth is final and the plaintiffs can't back out even if no paperwork was signed.

The two women who sued Duckworth said this week they wanted out of the agreement because they felt the congresswoman was tarnishing their reputations by calling their allegations false.

But Attorney General spokeswoman Maura Possley said Thursday the agreement reached last month with a judge is final.

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  The Trans-Pacific Partnership has the support of the highest-ranking Democrat in the country, President Barack Obama.  But an Illinois Democrat says she's opposed.  

 

 Supporters says the TPP will help American farmers and small businesses by eliminating thousands of taxes on their goods and by opening markets in Pacific Rim nations.  

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