CHICAGO (CBS) — The newest members of Illinois’ congressional delegation are vowing to be voices of compromise.
Democrat Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates will be sworn-in to Congress today at the Disabled American Veterans office in Washington D.C.
The Army awarded Duckworth a Purple Heart and Army commendation medal for her service in Iraq. She lost both of her legs when she was piloting a helicopter that was shot down.
Duckworth told the Daily Herald she will focus on veterans issues and funding for roads and infrastructure while in Congress.
Also in the freshman class from Illinois: Democrats Brad Schneider of Deerfield, Bill Enyart of Belleville, Cheri Bustos of East Moline , Bill Foster of Naperville and Republican Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
Foster says he will focus on immigration reform, while Schneider wants to center his energy on job growth.