A group of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House has come out against a debt limit plan proposed by the party's leader, Speaker John Boehner. They include an outspoken freshman from Illinois, Rep. Joe Walsh.
Lawmakers taking the oath of office Wednesday in Washington, D.C., include the five GOP freshmen from Illinois. The state's U.S. House delegation now includes more Republicans than Democrats.With their first votes, U.S. Reps.
Illinois U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean has admitted defeat in her re-election campaign. Bean represents Chicago's Northwest suburbs in Congress.The Democrat lost to political newcomer Republican Joe Walsh by less than 300 votes after absentee and provisional ballots were tallied Tuesday.
Election officials will count remaining ballots today in Illinois' 8th congressional district. Tuesday is the deadline for absentee ballots to arrive and for provisional ballots to be verified and counted.